I mentioned before that I starting half jogging and half fast paced walking. Well, after the first 5 minutes, at the end of a short (and I do mean short) jog, I slow to a fast paced walk. I am breathing hard, and my heart is pounding. BUT...up the back side of my head I almost feel euphoric...no pain, not scary...just really really nice!!
Does anybody else get this? Or is something wrong with me. Remeber, this isn't a psychological thing like "I feel great that I am getting into shape." its a "Oh my god, my head feels...gooooood."
this is known as endorphin release.
Endorphins are "Any of a group of peptide hormones that bind to opiate receptors and are found mainly in the brain. Endorphins reduce the sensation of pain and affect emotions"
Yeah I used to get that back when I ran XC and track in high school, but I would have to be running either in a race or in an extremely tough practice. I never get the "runner's high" just running out on my own.
So is this normal...safe!? Should it be cause for concern? Should I just slow down a bit or is it something that will slowly go away!?
That's one of the reasons that so many people are runners. It's perfectly normal and most people experience it at least when they start running.
Once you can run 5 to 7 miles non stop then you can REALLY get the high. I was addicted to running for a while, that's how I lost 80lbs and went from Obese to skinny. Enjoy that Runner's high while you can cause eventually it just wears off, unless you really push yourself.
Sadly, I don't get it anymore....
Last edited by Brokensword; 09-17-2004 at 12:27 AM.
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Safe? Yes... perfectly normal and physically safe, however, it can be psychologically addictive.Originally Posted by Beavereater
OK...I was gonna say that if I can have this feeling all the time, I would just keep running. I didn't wanna give myself a heart attack though so I stopped. Gonna run again tonight see what happens.
Thanks for the info guys. You're always great help