Running is fun and makes you feel great physically and emotionally? I call shenanigans, and I’m exposing the Myth of Runner’s High.
Run they said.
It will be fun.
Just keep trying, and you will get this wonderfully euphoric feeling known as runner’s high.
What a load of crap.
The mandatory one-mile run during the elementary school Presidential Physical Fitness test didn’t give me a runner’s high.
Playing on the high school soccer team didn’t give me a runner’s high.
Walking laps around the Baylor campus to the beat of Debbie Gipson’s Staying Together didn’t give me a runner’s high.
Repeatedly rehearsing a fast and furious tap dance didn’t do it either.
Neither dd the Couch to 5K, a 2-mile run during two different Disney Social Media Moms events, or participating in an actual Disney 5K.
Whether it was 30, 60, or 90 minutes of consistent exercise, there was no runner’s high.
Oh, hell no. Not even close.
Misery, pain, dizziness, permanently damaged nerves in feet and feelings of impending death?
But Euphoria? Never.
Myth of Runner’s High
If you are one of the lucky ones who get warm fuzzies from running, don’t take it for granted.
But don’t for a second think that it is a state that anyone can achieve if they exercise long or hard enough.
Some people never get those high feelings, no matter how much they wish they would.
Read all 50 pieces of advice I shared in honor of my 50th birthday.