I’m no running addict!

Today’s workout (elliptical): 25 minutes

You know you’re an activity-focused person when you wake up happy that your day’s workout is only a 25 minute elliptical session. It’s not that the elliptical is light exercise, it just feels easier than the treadmill. I used a little more resistance than normal today and finished hot, sweating and with a heart rate that proved I’d worked hard.

Someone recently suggested that I’m addicted to running and I laughed at the idea. I like running — I suppose at times I love it — but there’s nothing about my experience that fits the definition of addiction. I highly doubt there are meth addicts out there who wake up and have to talk themselves into using their drug of choice. A year ago, when recovering from pneumonia, my doctor ordered me to forgo running for a few weeks. During that time I was worried that I’d lose conditioning and would need to start all over again. It wasn’t withdrawal that I’d experienced, it was the fear that all that I’d worked for would be lost.

I think most of us who run, bike, swim or otherwise exercise are driven by the positive results of physical activity. I’m sure there is a small percentage of people who take working out to an extreme level and develop a true dependency for activity. For me, I appreciate the endorphin rush that comes after a hard run but that’s really the dessert, certainly not the meal.    

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