The Runner’s High, Part 1
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!