Who thinks running is free of dilemmas?


Not me! Really, is there anything in life that is free of dilemmas?

Dilemma: a situation in which you have to make a difficult choice. We’re talking about dilemma today on the Wednesday Word. 

I have to be careful with surfing. It’s still an addiction to me. It’s all I want to do, and that’s the big dilemma I have with it.
–Chris Carter

Insert running for surfing, and I think a lot of runners would agree with the quote above.

I think many runners trade one addiction (drugs, alcohol, food) for another (running).

It sounds like it’s a good thing, but it can be a dilemma. In fact, I’d say that sometimes even running, a very healthy thing to do if done right, can actually feed other addictions: food, shopping, social media (just ask Mr. Judy — he’s always so hopeful my next hobby won’t be expensive; he’s always wrong).

Why is it that something that is so good for us can be so bad for us? It’s a dilemma, to be sure! In fact, I wrote a little bit about it in yesterday’s post (sort of).

In the end, though, I still believe, with all my heart, that running is good for us.

When I shoot actors, I have that dilemma. I want the actor to be good, and sometimes I have to push them to a place that isn’t pleasant. I always think: ‘Is it worth doing for the sake of the movie?’ But I have to remember the bigger picture.
–Michel Gondry

The quote above caught my eye, too, because that’s another dilemma in running: if you want to improve, you need to push yourself outside your comfort zone. Push too hard, and you’ll either burn out, get sick, or get injured.

The dilemma above is one I write about often, because it’s one I struggle with a lot. And yet . . .  my recent problems — nagging aches, illness — I’m confident I didn’t push too hard. I’ve trained very smart for this half marathon, I really have.

Sometimes things just go wrong. And it wouldn’t be a half if things didn’t go wrong, for me, anyway — in fact, I plan to devote a whole blog post to that soon!

Share your dilemma with the Wednesday Word and find out what dilemmas other bloggers are wrestling with.

Deb Runs