This morning I enjoyed an 8 mile run. It was a nice, easy run, and of course it was on my training schedule, so that’s what I did. I took the day off yesterday because my knee had been bothering me over the weekend but after a day of rest (and icing and rolling), it was fine today. I also wore my new Mizuno Wave Sayonara’s, (and so far I really like them) but I’m not ready to review them just yet.
MacGyver went fishing on Sunday because snook season opened for the first time in several years. I took the liberty to come home and watch some home improvement shows which I’m sort of banned from doing. This is due in part to the fact that my ‘honey do’ list went from a list to several pages when I discovered the DIY network and HGTV. Anyway, when the cat’s away…you get the point. So I turned on DIY Network and HGTV simultaneously and quickly turned those honey do pages into a small book.
On Monday, we pressured washed and water sealed our decks and patio. I can now mark off number 4, page 2. Happy, happy, happy.
I can’t help it if I actually like working on my house, it’s not my fault, it’s my O.C.D.
I know a lot of bloggers joke about their O.C.D. and I tend to do that as well, but what you may not know is that I really do have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I think it’s one of the reasons that I love the running community because they seem to be more accepting of my quirky behaviors. There are plenty of runners out there who would understand why it’s so hard for me to end a run at 6:29 or 6:59. I have to end at 7. I can also justify 7:25, 7:50 or 7:75 but it has to be a quarter, a half or a whole. And I prefer whole numbers. See, quirky.
I also find it necessary to drink 2 cups of coffee every morning before I leave, I can only wear certain socks with certain shoes, I can only run certain routes on certain days, and I have other little rituals as well; but mostly my O.C.D. centers around order. I don’t really do well in chaotic or spontaneous environments.
OCD is an anxiety disorder, in which sufferers perform repetitive behaviors. The most common obsession is fear of dirt or germs, which affects 38 percent of sufferers. The most common compulsion is checking, as in door knobs, lights, curling irons, etc. and this affects 29 percent. I am obsessive over germs and I am a little bit of a checker.
My obsessions/compulsions include ridiculous and excessive concern with order or symmetry, worrying over physical symptoms, and repeated house cleaning. Some friends even joke that my broom is my best friend and some days, I feel like it is. O.C.D. sufferers tend to isolate themselves….hello runner!
It’s not as uncommon as some might think. Many people suffer from O.C.D. including David Beckham, who rumor has it, insists that soda cans in the fridge are lined up, and actress Megan Fox, who cannot use public toilets or restaurant cutlery for fear of them being contaminated. There is a screening quiz here if you have ever wondered if it’s likely that you have O.C.D.
I started noticing a trend among some of the blogs that I read about a year ago. It may just be me, but I wonder just how common O.C.D. is in runners? I realize that what a lot of people write is tongue-in-cheek, but still, it seems a bit prevalent in this community.
Out of curiosity, I googled “OCD and Runners” just to see what results I would get and on the first page, 7 out of the 10 results were blogs with some mention of O.C.D. Again, I realize a lot of what is written is purely entertainment but I’ve also read quite a few blogs where I felt a connection, as if the author really knew about O.C.D. and had first-hand experience with it so it makes me wonder how many really do suffer from this disorder?
Here’s the thing. I actually think that running has helped me with my O.C.D. It allows me to shut my obsessive brain off and concentrate on my running. It eases my anxiety and my irrational fears and I think it’s one of the reasons that I stick with it. My body appreciates running but my mind actually needs it.
So tell me, do you have O.C.D. or do you think you might? And, if you have O.C.D. do you think running helps?