Run in the Morning for a Better Chance of Getting a Runner’s High

Recently, researchers studied how the brain responds to running and found that the ability to get “high” while logging miles might be hard-wired within us. Years ago, our ancestors’ survival likely depended on chasing down food. The desire to live was possibly their motivation to run and run fast, and the feel-good brain chemicals released when they did so may have helped them achieve the speed and distances required, says David A. Raichlen, Ph.D., an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona. The runner’s high may have served (and serves today) as a natural painkiller, masking tired legs and blistered feet, he says.

Even though you no longer have to chase down dinner, learning how happy brain reactions are sparked may help you achieve the runner’s high more often.

Source: How to Achieve a Runner’s High

I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced runner’s high, but I don’t do much distance.  My breathing distracts me from a lot of things, and given my pace – I’d make a really good zombie 😉