Have I Become Addicted? by Karen Bahamundi

[caption id="attachment_5415" align="alignright" width="259" caption="And I Applaud Them For Doing So"]running_racing_burnout_addiction[/caption] I may have become addicted to running and racing, possibly even triathlon.....eggads!!  As I sat on the couch last night – I was trying to remember everything I planned that I needed to do, and realized I planned a doctor appointment for Monday morning. My first thought was not dreading the doctor , it was actually “Oh I can run now!”  My doctor appointment is not scheduled until 9 am and of course now my mind is racing. “If I get up at a certain time – I can do a longer run and have plenty of time to get to the doctor and then go to work”. When I think about many years ago, and making an appointment at 9am on a Monday morning prior to work –my initial thought would be sleep until the latest possibly time and then get up and go to the doctor (possibly hungover from drinking the night before!). It’s funny how things change in your life - being a mommy, wife and working full-time, plus drive time of 30-45 minutes each way tends to limit my workout time. If you know me personally, you know that I do not do well without working out, I tend to get a little angry – so I sneak in WHATEVER I can get! Jason and I have a good balance between watching the little man, but sometimes I want to be home with my family, so I decided to join the gym and go at lunch as well. Nothing like a quick workout midday to de-stress from the drama of the workplace! So now I run, attend bootcamp and gym and apparently my race schedule has gotten out of control. I keep signing up for races:
  • Rock & Roll Dallas Half – 3/25
  • A2A HalfMarathon – OK 4/1
  • White Rock and Roll 15k- 5/10
  • Rock & Roll San Diego Half- 6/4
  • El Scorcho 50k – 7/15
  • Hula Girl Tri – 8/11
I actually spoke to Jason about signing up for another tri in May just to do it, and of course my Fall races are already planned in my head, but registration is not yet open. Normally I am not a racer, I am a runner, but I have been enjoying getting out amongst all the other runners, and liking the fact that I am starting to meet people and socialize with them. Even if I am not great at racing, at the finish line we are all winners and have something in common. I think about other athletes, and the way they live, getting up in the wee hours of the morning and working out or doing it before bed, and being parents or students as well and still finding time to move and it amazes me and inspires me to do more. The questions I wonder - Will I lose steam eventually? Will I get burnt out? I have seen it happen to so many – other things take priority and life gets in the way. I have noticed the personalities change as well. The runner’s high is gone, and the bitterness/depression is obvious. I have been sidelined various times due to injury and I know that feeling and I know getting back is tough, but once you start moving and train your body to move, it does get easier, and you do feel better. Honestly – I think I will stick to moving..I am sure Jason is thankful.

Do you ever get burnout?  Do you know others in it now and do you try to move them?

Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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