What is a “Runner’s High”?

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As a beginner to running, you may hear veteran runner’s talk about the “Runner’s High” – a moment during a run (usually after a certain distance) when the runner feels some type of euphoria. This euphoria is described differently among runners which do not have a clear and concise consensus of what it really is.

There have been indication by authors who have studied the matter, that endorphins play at least a partial role in why the “Runner’s High” exist and why some people feel the way they do. When you body reacts to pain, which can be caused by certain exercises, the body releases hormones to help cope with the pain. These endorphins could produce an elevated mood for some runners, since their bodies are “stressed” to the point that may cause some pain.

That is about it though, as it is hard to tell what someone is “feeling” when these endorphins release.

Some seem to have a positive reaction to the “Runner’s High” though, such as Sasha Azevedo:

I believe in the runner’s high, and I believe that those who are passionate about running are the ones who experience it to the fullest degree possible. To me, the runner’s high is a sensational reaction to a great run! It’s an exhilarating feeling of satisfaction and achievement. It’s like being on top of the world, and truthfully… there’s nothing else quite like it!

As you can see, you mix in some natural endorphins, motivation, positivity and love for the sport and you may find yourself feeling like you are on top of the world after a few short miles.

As a person who is looking to start running, a “Runner’s High” is something you will most likely experience if you truly love what you are doing.

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