In theory the runner’s high sounds awesome – a feeling of euphoria and a state where you feel you could run all day long.
But I have never experienced a runner’s high before – I thought I MIGHT have kinda gotten there once before, but I didn’t.
I guess it’s kind of like good sex – people can tell you about it or whatever, but you don’t know what, nor can you fully appreciate what they are talking about until you actually experience it for yourself.
I experienced my very first runner’s high on this morning’s run…
I was out for a 5 mile interval run and I was pushing the intervals a bit harder than I usually do because I had a time crunch, but didn’t want to short my training distance.
On the way back I suddenly felt all the discomfort melt away.
I felt light, my legs felt brand new…
I did indeed feel like I could run all day long, so I ran faster.
It was so cool!
My normal pace for anything over a 5K or so, is about 9:30/mile, but today I ran 5 miles at an average of 8:57/mile and the back end of my run was a full minute faster than the front end. Pretty cool!
Now that I know what all the fuss is about, it makes me want to run even more!! 🙂
- Runner’s High (msrunnerd.com)
- Runner’s High (visionsorreality.wordpress.com)
- Phys Ed: What Really Causes Runner’s High? (carlvandegriftpersonaltrainer.wordpress.com)
- Why We Run: The Physical and Psychological Benefits (rockmyrun.com)