Running Bet with JackApril 30th, 2010 at 7:16 pm by Anne Schieber under Uncategorized
I have a “running” bet with Jack Doles who, as you may know, is doing his first 25K River Run. Jack tells me he really doesn’t like running and that when this nuisance race is over, he’s quitting. My money is down he’ll do otherwise.
Why? Because Jack has yet to experience true running nurvana. I’m not talking the “second wind” you get when you’re running, when you feel so energetic and powerful, you feel like you can run a marathon and back. That never happens,by the way. It is a rare good day when you feel good while running.
I’m talking the nurvana you notice when you’re not running. Ask anyone who has had an injury, what it feels like when they’re benched for a week or more. Their injury is gets better but their mind is a mess. All of a sudden, they feel more stress. They’re cranky. They feel fat and unworthy. And this, I bet is what’s going to happen to Jack and why he will find it impossible to give up running.
Running’s biggest benefit, at least for me, is the endorphin fix you get after you run. Every time I complete a good, long run, something happens to my head. The world is a little easier to conquer. My teenage daughters become reasonable and selfless. Road construction’s not so much a bother and the bills become manageable, even fun. Yes, Jack’s going to miss running. Check in with him late May or June. I look forward to his 25K next year.