Running is an activity that should bring us happiness and satisfaction, rather than stress and anxiety. It's important to maintain a healthy relationship with running, which can be challenging, but is definitely worth pursuing.
Unfortunately, many runners tend to go down the path of turning their healthy passion into an obsession, which can quickly turn into addiction. Obsession involves becoming fixated on performance metrics and neglecting other important areas of our lives. This can lead to burnout, injury, and a loss of enjoyment in running.
Addiction takes things to a more extreme level, with runners continuing to engage in the sport despite negative consequences. This can lead to skipping important life events, sacrificing relationships and career opportunities, and running despite injury.
Personally, I've had my fair share of passion, obsession, and addiction over the years. However, I've become more aware of this slippery slope and now make a conscious effort to stay grounded and maintain perspective. I've also realized that a bit of healthy obsession can actually be beneficial, as it keeps me accountable for my long-term goals.
When I find myself slipping too far into obsession or addiction, I know it's time to take a step back and address any underlying insecurities or self-worth issues. By doing so, I can continue to enjoy running daily and all the positive benefits it brings to my life.