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Do some people not get runners high?

Asked by SteveOOO (46points) November 1st, 2009

Well I been running for a couple months now. My friend and I been steadily increasing how much from 2.5 miles to now about 7.5 miles. He gets runners high near 2.5miles, and I end up suffering the entire way. WTF?!?!

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Grisaille's avatar

What are your breathing habits like?

pinkparaluies's avatar

Are you not pacing yourself?
The endorphins while/after running are incredible. Often like catching my second wind.

delirium's avatar

I just get pain, but there’s some serious bouncing that might contribute to that.

SteveOOO's avatar

I just breathe in breathe out type thing. I tend to breathe quicker in and out when going up hills though.
I think im pacing myself correctly..

Grisaille's avatar

Breathe in on your left foot. Breathe out on the left foot.

In – right foot – out – right foot

Nice, deep breaths.

kevbo's avatar

I get a high on long walks but not runs. Maybe try that instead. It is a nice feeling.

Samurai's avatar

I heard runners high is equivalent to an orgasm, but I wouldn’t know because I hardly run. If you can find a person who can’t get an orgasm, you probably can find a person who can’t get runners high.

Saturated_Brain's avatar

I run quite often, and usually I all I get are sore legs. I must be doing something wrong. Either that or I should increase my running distance.

rooeytoo's avatar

I’m trying to visualize @Grisaille‘s suggestion about breathing. I have a pretty quick turnover. I think if I used that breathing method I would keel over from hyperventilation!

I have been running for a lot of years and a lot of miles and I only ever felt anything like it a couple of times and it seemed to me to be more mental than anything else. Maybe you have to believe!

Grisaille's avatar

Works for me. Rhythm is key, really. Try spacing out the breaths further?

Irregular breathing suck energy from you. We generally find the pattern on our own, but developing one beforehand works wonders.

drdoombot's avatar

Can you still call it a “runner’s high” if you get it on the elliptical machine?

I’ve been using the elliptical for over 7 months now but only got my first runner’s high last week. It didn’t feel like an orgasm. It was more like someone splashed water on me; all my soreness seeped away, I wasn’t tired anymore or breathing hard. It felt like I was floating. It lasted only for a few moments, and then the fatigue and soreness came back.

I’ve had that feeling on the treadmill only a couple of times. I don’t know if there’s a recipe for it. It just kind of happens.

kevbo's avatar

@drdoombot, I agree. It’s more like floating.

robmandu's avatar

Been doing triathlons for over 3 years now… and still no runner’s high.

Mostly, I just really feel good about getting the workout done… but I’d label that simply as A Sense Of Accomplishment.

amleppla's avatar

Everyone is built differently. Just like riding roller coasts, some people are scared to death of them whereas some people get really excited about them or even find them relaxing (those crazies out there…) Our brains respond differently to certain stimuli. Even the cellular level of our muscles is not all the same. Some people are designed more for speed, and others for distance. Many people don’t experience a runner’s high. However, I encourage you to find a sense of accomplishment through doing something excellent for yourself like running :)

Despite genetics being something we cannot control, there are several factors that you can control that will help you improve. Proper diet is one of those things. And I’m not talking about diet as in starving yourself: I’m talking about providing your body with the fuels it needs. This means carb and protein loading before and after strenuous bouts of exercise.

Warming up and cooling down is also critical. Many people don’t realize how important it is, but it reduces your chances for injury, helps your body acclimate better to the training, and reduces the amount of time you need to recover from exercise.

One thing a few other people mentioned is breathing. Our bodies are very capable of breathing perfectly fine without our conscious control when we’re resting and the same holds true when running. People breathe at different paces, ignore yours and you’ll be okay. The human body is amazing.

Go see a Personal Trainer and have them assess you! Personal Trainers are a great resource to help you meet your goals, use us!

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