Runner’s High? Thank Your Endorphins


Endorphins: any of a group of peptides occurring in the brain and other tissues of the vertebrates, and resembling opiates, that react with the brain’s opiate receptors to raise the pain threshold

Endorphins, how I love you. Endoprhins and the thought of what I will eat after my run/race get me through many a long run/race.

Even my MIL has noticed how running releases endorphins for me: she tells me I’m a nicer person after a run.

It’s not just after a run, either, although I suppose that you have to actually run to get those endorphins flowing. I am also a happy chatty cathy at the start line.

There’s nothing like the endorphins from being fit, and the incredible endorphin rush that goes with that.
–Richard Branson

Of course many a new runner wonders just when those endorphins are going to kick in — all they know is that running is hard. Except those few gifted people that fall in love with running from the very first step — which was not me, by the way; I would say it took me years to actually fall in love with running.

Like most runners, it’s often a love/hate relationship.

If you’re a new runner, I can tell you that most likely you’ll only feel that runner’s high after a run, when those endorphins kick in — you’re unlikely to feel them during your run. I can also tell you that there are very few runs that leave me feeling worse than when I started; usually, I feel so much better after a run. I’m a happier, kinder person.

Deb Runs

Tell me in the comments:

Have you ever felt a runner’s high?

Don’t you just love the good feeling endorphins give you after a run?

Does the thought of those endorphins at the end of a long run help you get through the run?

15 thoughts on “Runner’s High? Thank Your Endorphins

  1. I’ve never experienced a runner’s high, but, like you, even on the days I least feel like running I feel better afterward. Just this weekend I was pondering that I’ve never once regretted going out for my run.


  2. I can start a run mad at the world, my husband, my kids, my job… But, I always end up feeling all is right with the world, in love with everything and everyone again. The endorphins are magic! See you tomorrow!

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    1. Ack! Tomorrow! Don’t say that! I’ll be fine once I’m at the airport but it’s always hard getting everything together.

      Yes, running definitely makes me a happier person. Even most of the bad runs.


  3. Oh, I’ve had some good highs, usually in cold weather 🙂 I will just feel like I conquered the world lol I waited all summer and I’ve really only had one great one since it cooled off.
    You know what is odd, I really didn’t have one from my marathon, I guess I was too tired, I had the opposite…sadness. I wonder if I hit my goal how I would have felt.

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  4. I’m at the age now where I push myself in the gym just enough to maintain my strength so I don’t really get the endorphin rush I used to get when I’d finish lifting completely spent. Running is different because I can still push myself pretty hard on my runs when I want to – like today when I got that endorphin rush after my run!

    Thanks for linking up!

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