this is why i run: endorphins // day 1

{This month, I will be writing each day about one topic. In no particular order, each day I’m going to write about the reasons I choose to run. Also, I like to have at least one picture with each post but I may not get around to taking one each day…that’s a whole other challenge.}

endorphin (noun) any group of hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system and having a number of physiological functions; peptides that activate the body’s opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect

After I finish a run, there is a distinct feeling coursing through my body. Some call it endorphins, a runner’s high, adrenaline. Whichever way you describe it, the feeling is the same. My body is physically tired especially after a hard run or if it’s hot outside. It may be a contradiction but endorphins make my body feel good that it is tired.

A few years ago, I was running a hill workout with the runner’s club. Each week, I would add half a hill (equivalent of about a mile) more to the workout, eventually with the goal of making it the entire 7.5 mile workout. I’ll never forget one night in particular. I was running with my Mom and we decided to just go for it and run all the hills. About three quarters of the way into the run, I remember getting a distinct feeling that I was on auto pilot. All I remember thinking was “one foot in front of the other, run down the hill, run back up the hill, and repeat.” The workout was over, I was physically exhausted (in a good way) and an hour or two later I was still feeling great. It’s like I caught a second wind. The feeling superseded the physical experience I went through. And I wanted to do it all over again.

This is why I run.

*This post is a part of a 31 Day Writing Challenge in which I celebrate all the reasons I run. You can find links to all the posts here.

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