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Old 06-29-2009, 09:50 AM   #1
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Default I have never experienced a "runner's high".

Only sweat, exhaustion and pain. What gives?
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:53 AM   #2
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Default Re: I have never experienced a "runner's high".

How often do you run and for how long?

Esentially you have to run yourself nearly to hypothermia then your brain will begin to shut down due to lack of oxygen.
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:24 AM   #3
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Esentially you have to run yourself nearly to hypothermia then your brain will begin to shut down due to lack of oxygen.

That sounds like fun.
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:27 AM   #4
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Default Re: I have never experienced a "runner's high".

You probably aren't running enough or pushing hard enough. I used to say the same thing. But about 2 years later, I finally started getting serious distance runs in, and I get it now.

A good rule of thumb is, running doesn't get interesting until you hit the 5 mile mark, swimming the 1 mile mark. That's how it is for me. I don't know if it's mental or what, but I can't even get a semblance of rhythm or endorphins for the first 4 3/4 miles, but as soon as I hit 5 it's like I couldn't stop if I wanted to and I usually go on to 7 or 8. Swimming, which I'm doing more of now because of my knees, I usually go for 40 laps, ~32 being a mile (and it really is right at that point that I start to really feel it).
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:31 AM   #5
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You probably aren't running enough or pushing hard enough. I used to say the same thing. But about 2 years later, I finally started getting serious distance runs in, and I get it now.

A good rule of thumb is, running doesn't get interesting until you hit the 5 mile mark, swimming the 1 mile mark. That's how it is for me. I don't know if it's mental or what, but I can't even get a semblance of rhythm or endorphins for the first 4 3/4 miles, but as soon as I hit 5 it's like I couldn't stop if I wanted to and I usually go on to 7 or 8. Swimming, which I'm doing more of now because of my knees, I usually go for 40 laps, ~32 being a mile (and it really is right at that point that I start to really feel it).

If you push yourself to that point are you getting any extra physical benefit or are you risking injury?
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:05 AM   #6
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Default Re: I have never experienced a "runner's high".

You can only get it if you are pretty fit and run for a good distance.

I wouldn't call it a real "high", because it's not like taking drugs or anything like that, but it does feel pretty funny.
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:14 AM   #7
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Default Re: I have never experienced a "runner's high".

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How often do you run and for how long?

Esentially you have to run yourself nearly to hypothermia then your brain will begin to shut down due to lack of oxygen.

Hypothermia? Isn't that when your body becomes too cold?
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:15 AM   #8
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Hypothermia? Isn't that when your body becomes too cold?

I think he meant hypoxia.
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:16 AM   #9
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Default Re: I have never experienced a "runner's high".

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Hypothermia? Isn't that when your body becomes too cold?

Yeah, and distance runners can easily suffer it too. Especially if the weather isn't right.
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:20 AM   #10
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Default Re: I have never experienced a "runner's high".

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...runner's high is actually a very cool feeling that happens when you've been running for an extended period of time (a few miles or kilometers for most people). It is when you get your "second wind" and the feeling that you can't keep going anymore is replaced with a light feeling that everything is possible if you keep moving and keep putting one food in front of another. Alright great, so everyone wants to experience the runner's high. But how?

First of all you need to make sure that you have all the right equipment to run safely. This means you will need to invest a good pair of running shoes or sneakers before you set off. Also be sure to wear some clothes that will allow your body to breathe, without being too cold if you are from a northern region where the cold is an issue. If you want to give yourself the extra motivation, bring along an iPod or other MP3 music player and listen to your favorite songs while you run. You will be amazed at how much listening to music can change your thought patterns and help you to keep running longer.

Next, you will need to set up a running schedule. This is a simple thing to do, you just need to pick a time and place for your runs. You will want to run at least 4 times per week. This can mean 3 times during the work week and once of the week-end. It doesn't matter as long as you can fit in enough different running times. And you don't need to schedule one hour for running, you just need to run for about 20 to 30 minutes to start. Once you've got your time booked, you just need to follow through with your running commitment and get outside and run. I find that if you wake up in the morning and find yourself reading the newspaper, having a long breakfast and so on to avoid going to run then just do this: get up, put your running gear on and leave your home right away! Forget about eating breakfast, just bring some water with you on your run. You can eat a good breakfast when you return.

Once you've been running for 20 to 30 minutes every other day you can start to increase your distances. Do this gradually and soon enough you will be experiencing runner's high! Suddenly your metabolism will soar and you will feel better than ever!
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:09 PM   #11
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Default Re: I have never experienced a "runner's high".

running isnt fun its jus straight up boring
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Default Re: I have never experienced a "runner's high".

i heard someone talking about a runners high once. But he was saying that the runners slip into a state of Euphoria. Is that right?
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Old 06-29-2009, 01:53 PM   #13
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running isnt fun its jus straight up boring
I actually agree with you. the only time running is not boring is when you are running for your life.
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:07 PM   #14
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I actually agree with you. the only time running is not boring is when you are running for your life.


Yeah, but running for Canadianballer's life would seem a little futile.
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Default Re: I have never experienced a "runner's high".

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i heard someone talking about a runners high once. But he was saying that the runners slip into a state of Euphoria. Is that right?

Partly. After a while you just slip into a state where you are in cruise control. After a bit of running you start feeling very tired, but suddenly it kicks in and you feel better than you did in the beginning, you feel indestructible. Running suddenly takes zero effort while you where biting your lip 20 seconds before.

That's the runners high/second breath whatever you want to call it.


And running isn't fun indeed. But doing things that aren't fun builds character.
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