The “Elusive” Runner’s High

…Have you met it before?

I wasn’t looking for it, and I found it a few times, around the 7-8km mark. It seems that there’s a lot of controversy over whether or not this actually exists, but I can tell you I know it does. The times it’s happened it’s been sunny but not too hot, I wasn’t worried about my pace or form, and I was listening to music (drum and bass actually now that I think about it). You would think aha, it’s gotta be adrenaline from the music but it’s not related to any “good tune” – I have had plenty of music rushes and I can tell you this is immensely different.

What did it feel like to me? It’s an unexpected calm. It feels like my insides become a fuzzy waterfall. Positivity leaks out of every pore. I can’t help but grin and my breathing tends to get deeper but more noticeable. My feet feel like they’re flying over the pavement, and I suddenly feel like I could run forever. I feel tall and light, and the butterflies in my stomach mimic the feeling of love. It lasts for a short time, maybe a minute at most, but for that minute I can’t imagine anything ever being as wonderful as the moment I am in.

I will be honest, I haven’t felt it since 2010. Maybe it was a newbie thing. Maybe I’m thinking too much on my runs now, with all my ChiRunning focuses on country roads, dodging cars and stepping on sharp gravel. Perhaps I will conduct an experiment next time I run on a bike trail with no worry about traffic. I’ll pop in some great tunes, shut off the form drills, and just run 10km for fun.


About Fjola Melody

Yogi, DJ, runner, cat lover, coffee drinker! Oh ya and the occasional beer. Life is good!

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