What is runners high and how do I know if I experienced it?

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Runners High is experienced mostly by those who run longer distances.  What is it exactly? The constant impact of running will break down muscle tissue and help us become more able to endure longer runs. The runners high is the elated good feeling experienced after exercise and it lasts usually a few hours. It has been said to be caused by endorphins produced by the body but the effect may be more complex than most people realize. I found this great article that discusses Runners High and its causes.  Check it out

What Exactly Is a Runner’s High?

Written by Kimberly Holland If you’ve ever completed a long run and felt like you could keep going a few more miles, you may have experienced a runner’s high. This sense of euphoria helps athletes feel relaxed and calm. It can also help shield against pain from the long bout of exercise, at least temporarily. But not everyone who runs or exercises will feel this brief moment of bliss. Keep reading to find out why a runner’s high occurs. This article will also review what’s responsible for this feeling and why it may not be as easy to experience as you might hope.

What is a runner’s high?

A runner’s high is a brief, deeply relaxing state of euphoria. Euphoria is a sense of extreme joy or delight. In this case, it occurs after intense or lengthy exercise. Often, people who experience a runner’s high also report feeling less anxiety and pain immediately after their run. Not everyone who runs or exercises intensely will get a runner’s high, however. It’s difficult to measure “euphoria” because the experience is subjective. But what we do know is that it’s likely rare. Plus, you may need to run for several miles at a time to reach the point where a runner’s high could occur. For many people, this distance might not be easy or possible. So if you complete a lengthy jog and you don’t feel like you could begin your race again, you’re probably not alone. But good for you for taking that healthy run anyway. Read more