The Runner’s High, Part 1

March 28, 2008 at 5:17 pm 1 comment

Runner's High

Scott Dunlap is an inspiration for me in both the world of ultrarunning and blogging. His online journal, A Trail Runner’s Blog, is one of the best on the web — a great source of tips, advice, race reports, and commentary on trail running, ultramarathons, and triathlon. One his most popular entries is “Understanding the Runner’s High.”

Next time someone asks you, “Why do you run so far?,” point them to Scott’s explanation of the runner’s high, a state of relaxation, euphoria, pain cessation, and optimism.

If your inquiring friend doesn’t get it, tell them, in Scott’s layman’s terms, that it is like “two Red Bulls and vodka, three ibuprofen, plus a $50 winning Lotto ticket in your pocket… Or like smoking pot!”

Pass on the grass and hit the trails!

Play, think…
J.R. Atwood


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Spark The Runner’s High, Part 2

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  • 1. ScottD  |  March 28, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    You are too kind! Let’s make sure to get a pic at the next race where we’re both toeing the line.

    Thanks for the link to the NYT article. Very interesting!



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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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