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:
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.