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Again, I KNOW THERE ARE MEDS FOR THIS. Thank you for your concern.

by Carilyn on May 4, 2017

It’s taper time again. Okay, not really taper time, just more like I’m about to run around a one mile loop for 6 days and I’m already sick of running so I should just quit while I’m ahead and wait for the suck to start time. Know what I mean? So this morning I slept until 6:30. 6;30!!! That’s like sleeping for 36 hours in dog time, or normal people time, or zombie time. Do we ever sleep until 6:30 unless we have monobronchialpneumobola or had our legs accidentally amputated while we were sleeping?

Then…

Then.

Then,

I drank coffee in bed!

Some days I’m convinced I could be normal and like it.

But then I remember that that isn’t remotely possible. Which is why I’m going to run 6 Days at the Fair with a bunch of other crazies. Thank God there are places for us to congregate, but where we don’t have to dress in costume or pretend we understand what “fan fiction” is.

I’ve tried to explain the allure of running around a one mile loop for days and days, but I’ve never come up with anything that has made even one person go, “Oh, I get it now.” Usually the conversation is more like:

Normal Person: Wait. You’re going to run around a one mile loop for 6 days?

Me: Yes.

NP: But why?

Me: I don’t know. Just trying to see how far I can go.

NP: But why?

Me: I don’t know. It seems like an interesting challenge.

NP: But why?

Me: I DON’T KNOW. I just enjoy it.

NP: I have a friend who takes meds and they really seem to work.

I have yet to come up with an answer that satisfies anyone, even though I keep trying. Maybe because I don’t really know why I enjoy running around in circles. The best I’ve been able to come up with (and was still offered meds) is that there is something about moving for so long that you become singularly focused; like what I envision climbing a mountain would be like (without the imminent danger of falling in a crevasse or losing all ten toes) or meditating for a really long time (which is impossible for someone who can’t sit still long enough to watch a full episode of Game of Thrones). Loop running is basically adventure/transcendence for scaredy cats with ADHD.

And yes, I know there are meds for that.

 

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