Runner’s High

Posted: March 26, 2013 in Run

We often hear about a “runner’s high” that keeps people pounding the pavement, but what is it?

From Wikipedia “Endorphins (“endogenous morphine”) are endogenous opioid peptides that function as neurotransmitters. They are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during exercise, excitement, pain, consumption of spicy food, love, and orgasm, and they resemble the opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a feeling of well-being.”

By that definition, any kind of vigorous exercise should produce the feeling of euphoria. I am not finding that to be the case. Half an hour of lap swim the other day did nothing for me, other than loosen my arm muscles and reassure me that I may make it to the triathlon yet!

I am anxiously waiting for the weather to warm up enough to run outside. To be able to run whenever I need a “high” will be a huge boost to my training.

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