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    Eureka I’ve Discovered Runner’s High


    A study was done last year by someone in Germany.  A scientist or maybe a runner who tired of justifying his feelings, decided to make it official.  Runners high is real.

    What the scientist did, was inject a bunch of runners with a contrast of a special sort.  It bonded with the chemical that was thought to be resposnible for runners high.  Then the runners were sent off to run.  And after the run, were put through a PET scan.  The scan showed the areas in the brain that were resposnible for the chemical release of the chemical.  Lo and behold, the brain glowed a bright colour. 

    Ideas floating like birds on the wind
    Ideas floating like birds on the wind

    Eureka, he or she shouted.  We found it!  Proof that there is such a thing as runners high.

    I read on one of the sites that talked about the study.  They compared runners high to something I can’t talk about it a general audience blog. 

    What prompted this search you ask?  I finally have experienced runners high.  It isn’t the feeling promised in one of those websites.  But it is a feeling that I know happens.  I can tell you when the high sets in.

    Me at one of the training markers
    Me at one of the training markers

    I was running this morning.  Getting ready for Around the Bay in a couple weeks.  I was running a 10 km route. 

    I went from worrying about how the run was going to go, to “Hey this is great!  I know I said to myself that I would stop at 10 km, but I could just keep going.  And while we are at it, I bet if I went and did this and this, I could solve the global economic crisis single-handedly.”

    You’ll notice I’m being pretty vague about what I need to do to solve the economic crisis.  Unfortunately as soon as the chemicals swirling around my brain subsided, I lost the great ideas.

    Maybe when I run again on Tuesday, I should bring a notebook.

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    A runner for almost two years, Terry recently had the mildly traumatic experience of trying to find a flattering pair of running pants (“Isn’t running about pushing personal boundaries and just getting out there and moving? Except when you don’t look in the least bit like Paula Radcliffe.”). But although she may have been a bit embarrassed by “helpful handsome guy” at the store, she keeps a great perspective through her running experiences. Pushing through a number of injuries early in her running career, she got right back to training for her next race. “The feeling of elation when I crossed the finish line is unimaginable,” says Terry. Sounds like she’s hooked for good!