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WHAT IS A RUNNER’S HIGH?

What is the elusive runner’s high? On Running and JackRabbit aim to answer what it takes to reach a zen running moment.

WHAT IS A RUNNER’S HIGH?

RUNNER’S HIGH: noun  run·ner’s high \ˈrən-ərz-\: Medical Definition: a feeling of euphoria that is experienced by some individuals engaged in strenuous running and that is held to be associated with the release of endorphins by the brain. Source: Merriam-Webster, First known use: 1975

Ah, the elusive runner’s high. There’s no guaranteed procedure to follow to get that euphoric feeling when you’re running, but what we can all agree on, there are so many ways you can take one step closer to having the perfect run. For some it might be consistency, for others it might be solitude and quiet, for other (some might say, crazy) people it might be the thrill of racing and competition.

ON RUNNING: COMMITTED TO THE RUNNER’S HIGH

On, an impressive running shoe brand, was born in the Swiss Alps, created by an engineer who wanted a completely new running sensation; the benefits of a soft training shoe with the firmness and spring of the fast racing shoe. The sole technology (not to mention the sleek Euro styling) are a fast track to helping you get into your own runner’s high.

Their commitment to lightness of foot (leading to lightness of mind) is evident in everything they create. Each shoe bears a ‘cloud’ name and each sole features a ripple of clouds designed to stretch back on impact and offset the forces of a downhill run.

ON CLOUDFLOW’S SHORTCUT TO A RUNNER’S HIGH

Take a deep breath and inhale the runner’s high with the On running tribe. Whatever level of runner you are, we can all identify with each of the athletes in this short, sharp video. Who wants to go run?

A VERY NON-SCIENTIFIC JACKRABBIT CASE STUDY

We conducted a very non-scientific research study at JackRabbit HQ to poll which amongst had reached the holy grail of running and experienced a ‘runner’s high.’

We all had a slightly different definition of what a runner’s high actually is and we had all achieved that in our own way.

But the common theme was introspection, turning our thoughts inwards and clearing the mind, being in the moment. A meditation of sorts.

JACKRABBIT RUNNERS SPEAK ABOUT WHAT A ‘RUNNER’S HIGH’ MEANS TO THEM

  • PAT: ‘A runner’s high is going out planning to run 8 miles, but feeling so good that I extend it to 15. One of those rare runs that just doesn’t hurt no matter how fast I push the pace. If only I could have one of those every day!’
  • EMILY:‘I still remember the first time I felt runner’s high; on a 4-mile trail run in St. John, USVI. And it totally caught me off guard because it felt so good, I didn’t know what the heck was happening. For me, runner’s high is almost an out of body experience where I feel like I’m in a dream. It feels a lot like the meditative head space harnessed during my yoga practice when my mind and body are one. No thoughts, no distractions, just me #OnARunnersHigh’
  • CHASE: ‘For me, the runner’s high is when I’m totally zen during a run – no thinking about how uncomfortable I feel, or anxiously anticipating the end of the next mile – just being in the moment, mind totally elsewhere and enjoying the solitude and forward movement.’
  • WENDY: ‘For me, a runner’s high is the moment on my run where I feel like I could go forever. My breathing is steady, my legs feel energetic, and my mind is blissful. I usually get this way somewhere between Mile 3 and Mile 7. Before and after that point are a different story!’
  • LANCE: ‘I imagine it being akin to a flow state that I’ve achieved in other sports… where everything feels very fluid and effortless. Almost as if your muscle memory is on autopilot, and you get to enjoy being the cosmic observer of your own experience.’
  • ZACH: ‘For me, a novice-runner, I would interpret a runner’s high to be enjoyable – no pain. A run where I don’t want to stop running, my body feels good and strong.’
  • MELANIE: ‘A runner’s high is when I am neither slacking nor pushing too hard on a trail. A zone 3 endurance run when everything comes together. I know I can keep moving forward; my mind clears and the world is quiet.’
  • PATRICK: ‘That zone you get in before a big race. No other distractions matter. It’s just all focus on the game-plan and beating the guy next to you.’

THE SCIENCE OF THE RUNNER’S HIGH

Clinically, a runner’s high has been studied and reported on. Interestingly, Scientific American reported a German study where researchers have shown the endocannabinoid system – the same one affected by marijuana – may also play a role in producing a runner’s high. Read about the 8 steps to a runner’s high from On Running.

Whatever your opinion on the runner’s high, every runner can surely agree there are good runs and there are bad runs, and when it all comes together, running is just a little bit magical.

 

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