Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock

I’ve been hoping to make some changes to the content on this blog.  For the most part it has been race reports and other Roadkill goings on.  Occasionally I’ll write about something completely random like Disney buying Lucas Films, or I’ll rail on a running related topic like the “Born to Run” craze.  Not only are the latter types of posts more fun to write, they also seem to get a better response.  The problem is, my moments of inspiration are few and far between.  Luckily I know many interesting people, and today one of them (Mike Reinhardt) handed me a newspaper clipping as I was leaving his office and said “this is for you, fodder for your blog.”

I can’t tell you the last time someone gave me an actual newspaper clipping, right off the bat I was excited to read it.

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Mice Run for Fun, Not Just Work, Research Shows

The article as well as the study are pretty straight forward.  Put a wheel outside and see if mice will run on it without any extrinsic reward.  The answer is yes, yes they will.  Like Johanna, this makes me extremely happy.  It proves that running just for the enjoyment is a cross species phenomenon.

hazellovetorunI have always said, to the disbelief of all nonrunners I know, that even if there were no health benefits to running I would still do it.  I don’t care about the laundry list of positive mental and physical outcomes related to running, I run because I love it and even if the net result of running was less health rather than more I would still do it.  The mice clearly back me up on this.  I’m fairly certain they aren’t concerned about lowering their blood pressure or getting rid of those post baby grams.

So why do you run?  Is it because you are chasing a piece of cheese dangling on a string or because running is wonderfully fun?

 

2 thoughts on “Hickory Dickory Dock

  1. I like running because it’s extended time to be outside. And running (compared to walking) enables me to see a greater variety of scenes, animals, etc. in a shorter amount of time. None of these reasons explain the mouse response: they’re outside all the time, and there’s no changing view from the wheel.

  2. I run because I enjoy running. It gives me an excuse to be outside and it is very therapeutic for me. I train, however, because I am competitive. If not for that, I would probably only be a fair weather jogger. I log miles and run workouts to race faster and be a better runner than I am. While I can’t say that I have frequently experienced the fabled runners’ high, I do feel cranky when I don’t run, probably due to endorphin withdrawal.

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