Activity Porn

My favorite past-time dur­ing my recov­ery has become activ­ity obser­va­tion — watch­ing and read­ing about peo­ple run­ning, climb­ing, and gen­er­ally accom­plish­ing things phys­i­cally. See­ing peo­ple make it to the top of a moun­tain or run a marathon — heck, even walk with­out a limp down the street — has become my porn. I lust after the abil­ity to do these things like a hormone-raging teenager.  I rav­age through Runner’s World mag­a­zine and the moun­taineer­ing books at REI like a teen goes through a freshly dis­cov­ered batch of Playboy.

After watch­ing the Dis­cov­ery Channel’s series Ever­est: Beyond the Limis, I real­ized that I can do more than dream of par­tic­i­pat­ing in these amaz­ing endeav­ors and accom­plish­ments.  Watch­ing and read­ing about them actu­ally allows me to par­take in the activ­i­ties. In addi­tion to dis­tract­ing me from my cur­rent sit­u­a­tio, watch­ing actu­ally fills me with emo­tions sim­i­lar to the ones I would expe­ri­ence if I was actu­ally the one trail run­ning or ski­ing down pris­tine slopes. After watch­ing a movie like Ultra­ma­rathon Man, I actu­ally feel a por­tion of the exhil­i­ra­tion, joy, and even fatigue that I would feel if I was the one run­ning the marathons (well, run­ning 50 marathons in 50 days would leave me dead). I just hope all of this activ­ity porn will lead to the real thing one day. Hell, I might even get lucky and end up in the activ­ity porn busi­ness myself one day.

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  • http://www.runblogger.com/ Peter Lar­son

    Nice blog and thanks for the Twit­ter fol­low. If you’re into read­ing running-type books, check out Born to Run by Christo­pher McDougall — it’s a great read.

    Pete

  • http://www.runblogger.com/ Peter Lar­son

    Nice blog and thanks for the Twit­ter fol­low. If you’re into read­ing running-type books, check out Born to Run by Christo­pher McDougall — it’s a great read.

    Pete

  • Clyn­ton

    Appre­ci­ate the sug­ges­tion. I’ll check it out. Great to con­nect on Twit­ter. I can run vic­ar­i­ously through you until after my surgery!

  • Clyn­ton

    Appre­ci­ate the sug­ges­tion. I’ll check it out. Great to con­nect on Twit­ter. I can run vic­ar­i­ously through you until after my surgery!

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