“Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet.
It’s also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.”
– Charles M. Schulz, creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy
I never jogged when I was younger – I used to run. You name it, I ran from it. Responsibility, hard work, failed relationships, pressures I couldn’t deal with, but especially feelings of guilt over my dangerous and uncontrollable substance abuse. That was my alcohol and drug-infested adolescence for you in a nutshell. Running.
I ran as fast as my legs would carry me. I didn’t need a starting gun to set off at break-neck speed, just an accusatory tone of voice, a pointed finger, an initially polite request for money to be paid back, or a dangerous situation of my own making (of which there were plenty – believe me). So where would I run?
Easy – the next hit, the next bottle, or the next joint (if I could find nothing stronger).
My name is Andy, I’m now a thirty-something, reasonably successful digital marketing entrepreneur, and I’m happy to say the only thing I’m rapidly approaching right now is a whole decade of being clean and sober.
The end product of my “formative years” was an alcoholic and drug addict. As the late, great U.S. comedian Bill Hicks once said, “Man, I was an embarrassing drunk. I’d get pulled over by the cops, I’d be so drunk I’d be out dancing in their lights thinking I’d made it to the next club.” Throw meth – my drug of choice – into the mix? Well, it was no wonder that one day I got pulled over by the cops and spent the next couple of years in prison.
My mother and father saved me. After I relapsed a month or so after my release from the state pen, they drove me straight to a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. I stayed there for just short of 6 months. I finally stopped running. I figured I had nowhere to run to anymore.
Rehab taught me about the real need for exercise to help deal with addiction recovery. Yes, it’s a long road. Run it and you won’t get far. Jog it on the other hand… This article is about the 5 reasons that keep me jogging along that road. All I can say is I’m getting to where I want to be. And it’s no sprint.