This comic was drawn a while ago after this “I can keep running even though my brain is protesting” experience, but I the same exact thing happened today on my run so it seemed like a time to post it.
I got to a point when I was running where I was just going. No reason to stop. Not really hurting. I was tired and hot and huffing and puffing, but I didn’t need to stop.
The first time it happened, I had told myself “We’ll stop at that tree…” but I got to the tree and I didn’t stop. I kept going. “We’ll stop at that sign…” but I didn’t stop. I kept going. I eventually did stop, because I wasn’t sure where I would run next without getting too far out there.
Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to stop. But I didn’t want to at the same time. And the feeling of this conflict was strange, with my brain saying “Dude, this hurts” and my legs just going “Doot-doo-doo-doo…” and not stopping. Today, I think I just figured out what makes it go.
Oh, and the inside of my brain totally looks like that. I have scans to prove it.