Everyone knows that people who run on a daily basis are just junkies, living their lives from one high to the next. We’re insatiable like that. But what you might not know is that there are different reasons why a runner might be peaking on that peak. Here are the ten highs that all running addicts are chasing.
1. Ending your run on a round number.
Staring fixedly at your watch until it displays that most holy of decimals (.00) you come to an immediate halt and slam the stop button. If you go any farther, you’ll have to run an entire extra mile.
2. Running the extra mile(s).
You get to the turnaround point and see a trail you haven’t run before. Things are feeling good, so you think you’ll ride this one out a little longer. What’s the difference between a five and a ten-mile run anyway?
3. Hitting only green lights.
The lord of light is on your side! Nothing can stop you! Nothing!
4. Running while sick.
Heavy breathing, fatigued muscles, gobs of phlegm; working harder just means you’re getting more benefit, right? Right?!?
5. Beating someone who doesn’t know they are in a race.
You legs are locking up, and your breath is coming in short gasps, but that jogger with the stroller needs to know who’s boss! The thrill is even greater when you pass bikes and cars.
6. Pulling the bug out of your eye on the first try.
Removing that little cretin in one go is the difference between enjoying the rest of your run and blinking away the pain until you can find a bathroom mirror.
7. Running on a holiday.
Everyone who stayed inside to enjoy a relaxing morning is missing this beautiful sunrise, and the gentleman relieving himself on a dumpster for that matter.
8. Falling asleep before 10 pm, or 9 pm, maybe even 8 pm.
No need for melatonin or breathing exercises. Any flat surface will do the trick.
9. Finding the perfect shoe.
If anyone tries to separate you two they will suffer for all eternity. Updates or discontinuation will result in a spiraling depression, but for now, life is groovy.
10. Setting PR’s.
Your calves are so tight you can hardly walk, but that won’t stop you from dancing a little before the dry heaves take over.
Will has been running competitively since high school, and is currently running with the HOKA Aggies, a post-collegiate club here on the central coast of California. With a preference for the humorous and the verbose, he enjoys playing the wordsmith almost as much as his daily runs.