My first runner’s high?

I’ve had four 5 mile days running in a row, and is my body feeling it!

It is interesting that adding a half mile to my run each day has made me feel this way.

What is even more interesting is yesterday I decided to go out slow and just run an easy run.  It went as planned.  I was in shorts and a T-shirt compared to the last two days where it was below freezing with the wind chill.

Anyway, as the run progressed, I started really feeling well.  I felt loose and was enjoying myself overall.  Suddenly at the 3.75 mile mark, I kicked into a faster gear.  Not sure why, but I just felt really good and felt I had the strength to push it a bit.

As I ran, I just kept going faster.  My legs felt strong and my body felt well.  I guess it was the closest I have ever felt to a runner’s high.  About the 5 mile mark I was ready to call it a day, but it was a cool feeling.

I wonder if running up that mountain a couple times has begun to help my legs and cardio.  A 2 mile uphill 800 ft run can do a lot for leg muscles and the 2 mile down hill run can be even harder.

So another week is coming to an end.  Either tomorrow or Sunday I’ll be running the mountain again.  If I get in my 5 miles today, I’ll end up with about 33 miles for the week, which will be a record since my marathon training.

Have an awesome weekend and enjoy your runs!


10 thoughts on “My first runner’s high?

  1. I love that feeling of wanting to run faster, feeling like I can do it, like my body is up to it. Had one of those this morning, it was supposed to be an easy long run but wasn’t. No regrets. 🙂

  2. That’s why I love running by feel and not by a GPS watch. You start out slow and easy. Then naturally you pick it up and feel ten times better than when you started.

    • I have really been working on that myself. I used to be “hooked” on my time and would either get too tired or just want to stop all together. Now I am enjoying running so much more. I leave the watch to my workout runs and my regular runs are just what I feel like doing!

  3. Wait a minut… you’ve been running all this time and never had a runner’s high before? It’s remarkable you’ve kept it up, with all your pain, etc. You’re dedicated!

    Here’s to hoping you get struck with it again!

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