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?