Self-motivation is *so* last year.
It’s too cold outside.
I have to pick up the kids from daycare.
I have to get dinner started.
I have to work late.
I am tired.
Some days we can find every excuse in the book NOT to go work out or get our run in. On these days, we literally have to force ourselves into tying our running shoes and getting outside or on the treadmill. Forced or unmotivated runs rarely produce work outs you are proud of and, many times, end up being miles marked down on some calendar saying you followed your training plan.
But, what if there was an easier way? What if there was a pill you could take that would actually make you WANT to run? Would you take it? Would you at least try it? If so, would you feel like it is “cheating” in some way? If not, how would you feel about others who took it…especially on race day?
Psycho-pharmaceuticals will be able to alter our levels of will-power and change patterns that are already ingrained in our brains. We could literally ask a doctor to mix up the perfect drug to tell our brains that we want to train all the time and run, run, run, and then run some more. This “cocktail drug” could literally be made such that every time you went for a run, the pleasure receptors in your brain were triggered, much the same way that they are triggered with delicious foods or sex.
Just imagine this for a second. Really think about this.
Can you only imagine how much your running would improve (or at least change) if every time you went for a run it felt as good as makin’ a little lovin’? HELLO! Following that, can you just imagine how many people would graduate from being the occasional 5k racer to wanting to run a marathon overnight? Can you imagine how much the ultramarathon industry would surge? Ha!
While it is fun to giggle about this for a second, it does bring up a very real…and potentially scary…issue. How would these drugs be regulated? If they are legal, how do you race or compete fairly? Whether we like it or not (or agree with it or not), psycho-pharmaceuticals are the future and, in all honesty, the not too distant future. Since they are prescribed and legal medications, how will these be regulated for racing and training, in general?
It is definitely interesting to think about. It sort of reminds me of that movie Limitless. Could this be life imitating art…or art imitating life?
What do YOU think of the use of psycho-pharmaceuticals in the running/sports industry?