Have you ever returned from a run sporting a smile from ear-to-ear and beaming with joy, only to find your roommate or spouse hunched over their desk asking “what the heck are you so happy about?” You suddenly realize that not everyone is experiencing your runner’s high and feel embarrassed and almost guilty for your over-joyous presence. If you are a veteran in this sport you’ve surely heard numerous accounts of individual’s experiences with the runner’s high, and while this article might be more enticing and enjoyable to read if it contains these anecdotes, my goal is to share with you the ‘magic’ behind this miraculously scientific process. After days of diligent research this is what I have discovered.
When discussing the experience of a “Runner’s High” the term “endorphins” is almost always present. While endorphins are a key component of the “high” we experience, it is less widely known how endorphins create this high. Continue reading “Runner’s High: A Scientific Perspective”