Monday, June 25, 2007

Are You Addicted to Running?

"It was not easy but once you start it is very difficult to stop. I always have a goal to do something. That way I keep running. It's an addiction to winning. But it's also an addiction to run - it is like a drug. If I'm not sweating I don't feel good."

- Haile Gebrselassie - Olympic Champion and former world record holder

How do you know if you are addicted to running? According to this column published on the McAlister Psychology Dept. website, you must exhibit 3 of the following criteria in order to be considered dependent:

1. Increased Tolerence: You must run longer or faster to produce the same effects

2. Withdrawl: You are grumpy if you do not get to run.

3. You run long or hard on planned easy days. Tapering is very difficult.

4. Your running takes priority over work, social life, and other recreational activites.

5. You continue to run despite injury and potential further harm.

Guilty as charged!

(c) Dave Elger, All rights reserved 2007

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