I was talking to Steve the other day about running being an addiction. Am I addicted? I hate to say, but I think so. If I am sick, tired, or unmotivated, I can turn down a long run, but I still tend to get out there and drag myself though 6 miles or so. I used to religiously run about 8 miles a day, 7 days a week, and took a day a off every couple of months. When I revved up to marathons, I had to back some of the runs to get in the long run. When I revved up to ultras, to avoid injury, I started taking off one day a week, and riding the bike trainer. Now, I don’t even do that. I take one day off and sleep as late as I can, and get some rest since most days I am up at 430-500. Is the the best method? Probably not. I am the first to admit I should probably take more off time. I tried bike riding, and it just didn’t do it for me like a run does. I really am not interested in swimming either. This is all fine, as long as I can avoid serious injury. I already know just from a few minor injuries that I’ve taken off a week or 2 for, that I go CRAZY. I try to tell myself that it is not the end of the world, and that I am lucky I don’t have a more serious problem, but let’s face it, not running is not fun. Don’t even get me started on tapering. So what is the solution? Is there a 12 step program for running?