Sunday, August 29, 2010

Runner's Dementia

When the long run goes bad . . .

You've run so many miles that you're staggering like a drunk.  You're kicking your own ankles.  Your body is screaming "Stop!" but you still have many miles to go yet.

So you do the only thing you can, you hand the task over to your brain.  Time for the mental strength to kick in.

But what if the brain breaks down too?  Then what?

Brain splints, better known as Runner's Dementia sets in.  Hard as you try, you can't figure out how many miles you have left of a 20 miler when you're at mile 14 1/2.

Sure, the math seems simple now, but try it sometime when you're out there on the trail with Runner's Dementia.

Hallucinations, crying jags, peeing on yourself, it's happened to all serious distance runners at one time or another and by serious, I mean, "not normal".

It's nothing to be ashamed of.  Well, maybe the peeing on yourself part is, but overall, if you've experienced Runners Dementia it just means that you've pushed yourself past your limits.  And that takes courage.  It's not easy to be that stupid.

Loony the squirrel says - "The impossible is always possible when you're nuts."

Upcoming Races:
Harvest Moon Run - Wed. Sept. 8th, 6:30 p.m. Pendleton NY
Lighthouse Baptist 5k - Sat. Sept 11th, 2:00 p.m. North Tonawanda NY
Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs - Sat. Oct 16th, Oil Creek State Park PA