Running Is Addictive · 30 July 2013

Believe it or not, running is addictive. At least it is becoming that way for me.

I find myself wanting to run these days. Not just because it is becoming part of my schedule or routine, but because I want to run. I need to run. Which is why it seems I am becoming addicted to running.

Then again, maybe I am not so much becoming addicted to running as I am to just being active. After all, I do not think I run enough to get that euphoric feeling from endorphins hitting my brain or whatever bodily processes create that runner’s high. I am not accomplishing any great feats or doing anything wonderful running. I am just enjoying being on the road.

When it comes down to it, I want to get out and do something. Anything physical. I need to keep my body moving. I am enjoying being active.

I suppose I am probably analyzing things too much, but maybe, I am just becoming a kid again. Maybe I just want to play. Running happens to be the thing I can do when my kids do not want to go out and do something with me. I can hit the road and run by myself.

In the final analysis, all I know is the more I run, the more I want to run. I may never run enough to experience that euphoria of endorphins hitting my brain, but I will continue to run as long as I enjoy it. Whether or not it is addictive.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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