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 April 25, 2013

Trail Running and Addiction—Staying Mindful
Editors' Choice: April Blog Symposium on running addiction
By Ben Luedke

I’m a psychotherapist who works with people struggling with addiction, and I’m also a long-distance trail runner. I’m reluctant to apply a clinical word like addiction to a generally healthy pursuit like trail running. Trail runners, like all runners, are often healthy, happy, functional and well-respected people. That being said, any activity can lead to addiction if that activity results in a feeling of elevated affect. In other words, if I get a pleasurable feeling from participating in an activity, I’m more likely to repeat that behavior and could become ‘addicted’ to the feeling it provides. If I continue with that activity despite negative effects on my life and the lives of those I love, an unhealthy addiction has developed.

On a personal level, I don’t like considering the possibility that the positive feelings I obtain from trail running might lead to an unhealthy addiction. I’d rather move on to a different Blog Symposium question, thank you very much, and honestly hope that next month’s question is less personally challenging. However, my aversion to openly and candidly answering this month’s question makes me think there must be some truth to the possibility that trail running can become addictive in an unhealthy way. My hesitation to answer points to the possibility of denial, and denial is a common attribute of (an unhealthy) addiction. Read more … 

Dry Max


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04/27 Capitol Peak Ultramarathons 55K, 50M; Olympia, WA; http://www.capitolpeakultras.com
05/18 XTERRA Malibu Creek Xduro 6K, 22K; Calabasas, CA; http://www.genericevents.com
05/19 Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run 50K; Fremont, CA; http://www.ohlone50k.com
05/25 Mount Wilson Trail Race 8.6M; Sierra Madre, CA; http://www.mountwilsontrailrace.com
06/01 Foothills Trail Rainier to Ruston Rail-Trail Ultra 13.1M, 27.7M, 50K, 50M; South Prairie, WA; http://www.rainiertoruston.com
06/08 Lake Youngs Ultra 28.8M; Renton, WA; http://www.LakeYoungsUltra.com
06/23 Burton Creek Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Tahoe City, CA; http://www.tahoetrailrunning.com
06/29 Double Dipsea Race 13.7M; Stinson Beach, CA; http://www.doubledipsea.com
07/06 Harding Hustle 15K, 30K, 50K; Foothill Ranch, CA; http://www.hardinghustle.com
07/13 Brian Waterbury Memorial Rock To Pier Run 6M, 13.1M; Morro Bay, CA; http://www.leaguelineup.com/rock2pier
07/27 Foothills Rails to Trails Buckley to Orting Half Marathon 13.1M; South Prairie, WA; http://www.rainiertoruston.com
08/11 Mud & Chocolate Trail Runs #2 4.5M, 13.1M; Sammamish, WA; http://www.mudandchocolate.com
08/24 Bill Flodberg Mount Madonna Challenge 6K, 12K, 18K, 30K; Gilroy, CA; http://www.svrchome.org/mtmadonnachallenge.htm
08/25 Dirt Inspires Women Trail Half Marathon 4M, 8M, 13.1M; Santa Cruz, CA; http://www.ditrailruns.com
09/14 Emerald Bay Trail Run 12K; Tahoe City, CA; http://www.bigblueadventure.com
09/14 Paatuwaqatsi - Water Is Life 50K; Polacca, AZ; http://www.waterisliferun.org
09/22 Lagoon Valley Trail Run 3.0 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Vacaville, CA; http://www.lagoonvalleytrailrun.com
09/28 Mogollon Monster 100 106M; Pine, AZ; http://www.mogollonmonster100.com

05/04 Collegiate Peaks 25M, 50M; Buena Vista, CO; http://www.CollegiatePeaksTrailRun.org
05/25 Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Los Alamos, NM; http://www.highaltitudeathletics.org
05/26 Medicine Bow Half Marathon 13.1M; Laramie, WY; http://www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/26 Rocky Mountain 50K 50K; Laramie, WY; http://www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/26 Vedauwoo Trail Race 5K; Laramie, WY; http://www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
05/26 Wyoming Marathon 26.2M; Laramie, WY; http://www.angelfire.com/wy2/marathon/
06/14 Bighorn Trail 100 100M; Dayton, WY; http://www.bighorntrailrun.com
06/15 Bighorn Mountain Wild And Scenic Trail Run 30K, 50K, 50M; Dayton, WY; http://www.bighorntrailrun.com
06/15 Turkey Track Trail 13.1M, 26.2M; Pagosa Springs, CO; http://www.joingecko.org/events
07/06 Park City Mini Trail Series 10K 10K; Park City, UT; http://www.R-U-Nevents.com
07/07 Summer Roundup Trail Run 12K; Colorado Springs, CO; http://www.summerroundup.com
07/20 Classic 10K Race 10K; Colorado Springs, CO; http://www.csgrandprix.com
07/20 Spring Creek Memorial 9 Miler 5K, 9M; Steamboat Springs, CO; http://www.runningseries.com
07/27 LaSportiva Eldora Trail 10K 10K; Nederland, CO; http://www.digdeepsports.com
08/03 HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Montana City, MT; http://www.vigilanterunning.org
08/03 Mt Werner Classic 50K; Steamboat Springs, CO; http://www.runningseries.com
08/03 Taos Ski Valley 10K Up And Over Trail Run 10K; Taos Ski Valley, NM; http://www.taosskivalley.com
08/03 Top Ten Mile 10M; Colorado Springs, CO; http://www.csgrandprix.com
08/24 Continental Divide Trail Run 15M; Steamboat Springs, CO; http://www.runningseries.com
08/24 Mountain Chili Cha Cha 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Pagosa Springs, CO; http://www.joingecko.org/events
08/31 Meeteetse Absaroka Challenge 5K, 10K, 15K; Meeteetse, WY; http://www.meetrec.org
09/14 Park City Mini Trail Series 1/2 Marathon 13.1M; Park City, UT; http://www.R-U-Nevents.com
09/15 Lead King Loop Charity Races 2.5K, 12.5K, 25K; Marble, CO; http://www.leadkingloop25k.com
09/28 Bear Chase Trail Races 10K, 13.1M, 50K, 50M, 100K; Lakewood, CO; http://www.bearchaserace.com
09/28 Devil Mountain Ultra 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Pagosa Springs, CO; http://www.joingecko.org/events
09/28 Sundance Trail Run 10K, 30K, 50K; Sundance, WY; http://www.sundancetrailrun.com

05/11 Rock-On! Lake Perry 50K, 13.1M, 5K; Meriden, KS; http://www.psychowyco.com/lakeperrytrailruns.com
06/01 Kettle Moraine 100 Endurance Runs 38M, 100K, 100M; Lagrange, WI; http://www.kettle100.com
06/02 Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Deadwood, SD; http://www.deadwoodmickelsontrailmarathon.com
06/08 Indian/Celina Challenge 8M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Leopold, IN; http://www.runperrycounty.com
06/29 Black Hills 100 50M, 100K, 100M; Sturgis, SD; http://www.blackhills100.com
07/13 Flirt With The Dirt Trail Race 5K; Findlay, OH; http://www.bvhealthsystem.org
07/13 Psycho Psummer Run Toto Run 10M, 20M, 50K; Kansas City, KS; http://www.psychowyco.com
07/13 Waugoshance Trail Marathon 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Cross Village, MI; http://www.greatlakesendurance.com
07/27 Crow Peak Ascent 10K; Spearfish, SD; http://www.bhrctrails.com
08/03 Eagle Creek Trail Marathon 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Indianapolis, IN; http://www.planetadventurerace.com
08/03 The Legend 5M, 10M, 13.1M; Laingsburg, MI; http://www.runlegend.com
08/10 Victoria Secret Dirty Half 13.1M; Rapid City, SD; http://www.bhrctrails.com
08/24 DINO Trail Run Series- SouthWestway 5K, 15K; Indianapolis, IN; http://www.DINOseries.com
08/24 Leanhorse Ultra 50K, 50M, 100M; Hot Springs, SD; http://www.LeanhorseHundred.com
09/08 Hartman Creek 10K, 25K; Waupaca, WI; http://www.greatlakesendurance.com
09/14 Mark Twain 100 50M, 100M; Steelville, MO; http://www.stlouisultrarunnersgroup.net
09/21 Birkie Trail Run and Trek 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 26.2R; Hayward, WI; http://www.birkie.com
09/21 Dances With Dirt Hell 50K, 50M, 100R; Pinckney, MI; http://www.dwdhell.com
09/28 Rock Bridge Revenge 12K, 25K; Columbia, MO; http://www.columbiatrackclub.com
09/29 Heritage Trail Marathon 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; West Lafayette, IN; http://www.planetadventurerace.com

04/27 Xterra Fairy Stone Trail Race 4.7M, 8M; Stuart, VA; http://www.gorunevents.com
04/28 Blue Hills Trail Races 3M, 10M; Milton, MA; http://www.colonialrunners.org
04/28 Ironmaster's Challenge 15K, 20M, 50K; Carlisle, PA; http://www.ironmasterschallenge.com
05/04 24-Hour Adventure Trail Run 24H; Triangle, VA; http://www.athletic-equation.com
05/11 Capon Valley 50K Run 50K; Yellow Spring, WV; http://www.runcapon50k.com

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