Back in December 2011, I announced to the world that I had a dread disease called Runneritis.
What’s going on Harold?
I was going through a lot of my old posts, updating them to Blogger last night and I cam across my post Runneritis – A Dread Disease post. I thought you might be interested in how my disease is progressing and challenge you at the end of the post.
Unfortunately, for those of us with Runneritis there is no known cure and I know that it affects me more than I want to admit – daily. No it isn’t in the DSM-IV or even acknowledged by medical doctors – in fact they scoff at the idea of this affliction.
When I announced that I had Runneritis this what I looked like. Notice the double-chin and chubby cheeks and the whacked-out look on my face
|Looking like this while running in a N’oreaster is proof of
this poor soul having the dread disease Runneritis //
Believe it or not I am not the only person afflicted with Runneritis. If you look carefully, you will find several million people are afflicted with Runneritis around the world. You will see thousands running in large groups in Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington, London, Berlin and Tokyo – it is an international problem, but they call it Marathoning.
Hell you might even have seen more than a few cases in your town or heaven forbid – your neighborhood. They run around in brightly colored clothing in all kinds of weather and all they ever seem to talk about in person or on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ are their aches and pains, the weather, the pros/cons of treadmills and how everything seems to affect their affliction
Just a reminder some of the symptoms of Runneritis are:
If you see someone moving faster than a walk, with either an ugly grimace or a stupid grin:
- at 6:00 A.M. or earlier
- at lunch time and then while they are supposed to be working eating their lunch
- after dark, when everyone else is watching TV
- in rain and wind – up to and including hurricane force
- in blizzards – otherwise known as N’oreasters
- in mud up to their knees
- on a treadmill for more than 30 minutes
- while running ungodly distances like 10 miles, things called marathons or the universally dreaded Ultras
- running on hiking trails
or if you know someone who is or has:
- Spending more money on new running shoes even though they have at least 5 pair stashed somewhere in the house, gym locker or at work under their desk.
- Having to buy new running clothes because the old ones are too big
- Throwing away perfectly good clothes because they smell as though they had done battle with a skunk in a cabbage patch.
- Spending money on new apps for a smart phone related to running, but none of them are quite right.
- Getting the newest all weather gear to run in, so they don’t sweat so bad or a least not stink quite so much
- Needing a new watch or Garmin to time themselves and get an accurate GPS fix on how far they ran, even though the old one only needs a new battery.
- Spending money that isn’t in the budget, on race registrations and brags about the races they signed up for in 2013 or 2014.
- Having subscriptions to more than 2 running magazines
- Running on vacation
- Planning a vacation around a race they want to run
- During the holidays going for a run, instead of staying and talking with family (might be a good thing).
- Plan to go to a race and coerce those who don’t run to stand in the cold to cheer you on
- Have a blog that focuses on running
- Subscribing to more than 20 running focused blogs in a Feed Reader and brag about it
- Follow hundreds of runners on Twitter
- Have a Facebook page devoted to running and be “friends” with hundreds of people you don’t know
- Have a Google+ Circle named Running and a page for their running blog
- You hear whining about not being able to run, when it was running injured that got them injured.
Alas a new symptom has come to my attention that is a very important one to help identify those with Runneritis – the wasting away.
Their old clothes are all too large (going from 38 waist pants to a 30), the afflicted look much different than they did a year ago. As you can see from my photo after my 13 mile run last night, some of the affects of Runneritis on me.
|The double chin is mostly gone, the cheeks are not as chubby and there is less of the wild look, I look calmer now than I did in the first image!
This wasting away concerns many people, especially the wary couch potatoes, who fee you might give them your dread disease.
If you are constantly asked “Are you feeling okay, you look a little gaunt”, Wow, you look different” or “How did you loose so much weight? or other similar comments and you probably have been afflicted with Runneritis.
Do you know of anyone who exhibits these symptoms?
If you do, feel very, very sorry for their family. Runneritis is very contagious, so the rest of their family and friends are at risk of developing this disease as well, unless there is an intervention by specially trained professional couch potatoes.
Also if you have not taken the proper precautions and you have been exposed to Runneritis, you might get a bad case of Runneritis youself, without realizing what has happened and no longer be in the good graces of the couch potato regime.
Look carefully at the warning signs of Runneritis that I have listed above before it is too late or is it too late?
Do you have Runneritis?
However, thinking about it, now I have to ask, do you see any or many of these symptoms in yourself.
OMG don’t tell me that you have Runneritis too.
Once you have it, you can never be completely cured – at least that is the what the folklore says.
You might even stop running for a while and go into couch potato mode, but in the back of your mind, you will always be looking at a reason to buy the newest running shoes, slipping up and attempting to run 10 yards to just see if you can yet, then the next time it becomes 20 yards and before you know it (and before the couch potatoes or other family members can stop you), you have a full-fledged outbreak of the dreaded Runneritis again.
Even in my worst periods of being a couch potato, I would still look at those running magazines with all those skinny people at book stores and sometimes not so skinny people running around trying to get someplace faster than they did before.
I would get to thinking about what it would be like to be out there – running
Then the runneritis flare-up would blossom into a full-fledged bout of runneritis again,
No – I don’t really think there is a cure, once you have the dreaded disease called Runneritis. It is something that gets into your system and never completely goes away!
I am sure that others have written or at least thought about whether they have Runneritis or not, even if they called it by another name.
Hi my name is Harold and I have a bad case of Runneritis.
Do you have Runneritis, what are your symptoms? Is there a cure? Do you want to be cured?
The challenge – blog, Facebook or G+ how your Runneritis has “afflicted” you.