Thursday, 26 November 2015

My drug of choice

I hope that the title of this post has not lead you to expecting some great revelation of drug taking on my part.  But I do have a drug of choice:

                                                                      Running

Much has been written in the past with regards to the 'runners high'.  However, an article in last weeks AW reported on a study by Cumberland University in Tennessee which found that 16.5% of runners of all abilities, suffer a craving for running that is so strong that it can be likened to a physical addiction to drugs.

Probably not surprising, the study found that those who ran more miles on more days than average were most at risk of developing a dependence on their activity.  'Cravings' they found, were especially prominent among those who ran half and full marathons, and not being able to get a 'fix' of running could lead to symptoms of anxiety and depression in some runners.

I have thought about this article and some of the comments made of me by friends and family over the last week and although I am not looking for some sought of cure.  Nor do I necessarily suffer from either of the above complaints.  I will admit:

                                                    I am a runner and I am addicted.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

More pain, please

It's a while since I posted an update as to how my running is going.......

Well I am happy to report that it is going well.  Since having to miss the Great North Run in September I have been able to steadily put some miles in.  Not massive mileage but between 40 and 50 miles a week.

Initially this was just steady running but over the last 2 or 3 weeks I have been able to start introducing some interval training. 

Friedrich Nietzsche
I must admit that I am not finding it easy to adapt back to this routine, but I am enjoying it.  This is the first decent block of training I have achieved in the last 4 years.  So that has to be good!

The aim, as always, is trying to get the balance right and increase the workload without going too far.  Tonight's interval session will be the second of the week - Can't remember the last time I did two speed sessions in one week.  And although the legs feel heavy, I am ready to go!

So, bring on the pain.  After all as Friedrich Nietzsche (and more recently Kelly Clarkson) said:

                                      What doesn't kill you makes you stronger