Meet the stoned runners
Chris invited me to his home studio in Bywater. Wearing black shorts, sneakers, and a tank top with a print by street artist Columnz, he loaded up a vaporizer with the bud I’d brought (it seemed like the polite thing to do). Chris said he started running when he was 13 and now runs three or four miles a few times a week -- usually stoned.
“[Running while high] encourages attention to detail and makes running less boring,” he said. “I’m thinking about how my foot is landing, diving into the minutia of running. And it increases the intensity of my runs… It makes everything very fun.”
Jasmine, a 27-year-old smoke shop owner who always gets high before she runs, echoed these sentiments. Four years ago, she lost 60lbs after making serious diet changes. Jasmine knew she needed to be active, too, but she hated team sports and running.
“No matter what anyone tells you, running is very uncomfortable,” she says. “It’s a constant battle to keep yourself moving forward. Long story short, I hated running. And I happen to know that marijuana is a great way to get myself to do the things I don’t really want to do.”
Weed isn’t exactly the drug people turn to when they’re looking to get motivated; stoners get high for the exact opposite reason, right? Chris says that’s a misconception, one he hopes to fight with his stoned running club.
“I’d love to kill that stereotype of weed and laziness, if possible,” he says. “The idea of smoking and being active is something I believe in. There are so many people who smoke and surf or go hiking… I know I’m not alone.”