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Readers Respond: Have You Experienced an Endorphin Rush or "Runner's High" During Exercise?

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Updated June 09, 2009

To those who say no

Almost every time... but it has a cost. Be lame and you'll never discover this natural ecstasy. Take your body to the limits, but slowly, elevating them. You'll eventually reach the point where your body secretes enough endorphins for you to feel naturally "high."For me, this high sensation isn't seeing things slo-mo or seeing dragons... it's feeling invincible during and hours after the work out. Have nothing to do? Go run... As a med student I benefit regularly, and believe me, not only health betters, grades do as well.
—Guest Charles

Runners high

Yep! I have had it and get high almost every time I cycle. I have to go hard but it is so good. I get it from sailing too, I know it's not cardio then but racing hard , concentrating and playing to win with risk taking givese a buzz. Perhaps the best lasting buzz is from cardio sport though. T
—Guest Tristan

High

yes I am 15 and I go for 4-5 mile runs every so often, and at about the last half mile I start to really feel it. It's one of the most enjoyable experiences because once it hits me, I triple my pace and can't feel a thing, sometimes I just straight sprint. The endorphin release is also caused by certain drugs, but working out is the body's natural way of releasing the chemical, along with stress.
—Guest keegan Kyle

yes

But I think it is no more than a good tailwind or a downhill stretch unnoticed.
—dood09

After the run

It was always afterwards. Used to run very long distances; and it wasn't until The run had concluded that I would get that euphoric feeling. Does anybody know why that is?
—Guest jack

during various activities

I've experienced it during a short intense trail run, in yoga class (very advanced class), and during aerial dance class on single point trapeze. It feels like you're floating and everything is effortless.
—Guest MNeave

Runner's Euphoric High

I was running in New Orleans, Metairie, La. on the Levee and about five miles into the run I began to float. The euphoria is great and the run is fast as the euphoria excells into grandeurs of creation Christ like character. The last five miles is fast and I have purpose, power, and pleasure in the God Plan of life's love skills. Today, at age 67 I run because I love running, and I run because God gives me purpose in fulfilling His purpose for me in my life. We must persevere in our purpose 1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:1-2). http://www.blueletterbible.org
—Guest William "Jerry" Guthrie

Yes, once

I got runner's high once years ago. Well into a run I all of a sudden felt detached and like I was floating and felt very relaxed and happy.... felt like I was on a drug and it lasted for the rest of my run. I wish I knew how to achieve it again, feels amazing.
—Guest lola

Every time

Whenever i run and im feeling a little tired, i can kind of transfer the pain to get the high. i dont know how i do it but i can get it as many as 5 times in 30 mins
—Guest Trent

Yes, once!

I ran my first half marathon a few weeks ago, and at 11 miles felt an overwhelming surge of happiness. I couldn't stop grinning and it actually made my scalp tickle. It lasted for a few minutes. I actually just googled endorphin rushes because I was curious to know how many other people had experience this. I have had the floaty easy running feeling before, but this was like taking a drug!
—Guest Rose

Endorphin rush

During my 15k row I had three separate incidents of endorphin rushes this is the first time I have had three during the course of one training session. I would equate it to the feeling of being high detached and euphoric
—Guest Bob London

A different sense of perception

I run the same route once a week, my cool down day, my intensity is usually high because the route is so short. I could run it blind folded if i had to but sometimes i feel as though my legs are moving without any physical demand. My mind is separate from my body and i often day dream, while running, i know it sounds funny but when i come out i have to re-aware myself of my surroundings and that i'm running.
—Guest Logan

No, never

And it's so frustrating. Exercise has never done anything but make me hurt. Not everyone gets it, and for us exercise is miserable torture.
—Guest Jen

A Rush comes!

yes absolutly! I just started working out 3x a week again & when I do get the high its most often about 15-20 mins in to my elliptical routine. I feel a rush wash over me starting with a warmth at the back of my neck that flows downs my arms torso & legs.. I feel weak & exhilarated at the same time for a blisfull couple of seconds & then I go kinda of numb & floating like the other user mentioned. The rest of the work out is a breeze & sometimes I dont want to stop coz it feels so easy to keep going.. I love it, but dont get it every time.No-one can tell me the rush is a theory. I dare anyone to take my blood sample after I have felt this.
—Guest Kariliza

It's like floating

Yes, the runner's high exists. It's a sense of ease and detachment. Almost like floating rather than running. I barely realize my feet ar hitting pavement. The run goes by so quickly and easily it's as though I wasn't exerting at all. In these moments, I often have the best runs of my life.
—Guest Steven

Runners High

Yes - I've experienced it while running and lifting weights. It happens when I'm really stressing my body. I think its the endorphins trying to eliminate/mask the pain/stress. Very pleasant.
—Guest Ken

Yep, but not often

I've experienced a runner's high only a few times during over a decade of running. It's something that would happen only after at least an hour of running when everything was going right and I actually felt like I was floating along. It was weird, but cool. I can see why people get so addicted to running...
—Guest Jo

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