Riding High

You always hear runners talk about the “runner’s high”, especially those that can run sub 8:00 miles and are built like little rubber people. They float over the ground like they are running on pillows, barely breaking a sweat, bopping their head’s to some internal tune that only they, and their fellow rubber people, can hear. 

Makes me want to smack them upside their little rubber head’s.

The Runner’s High, as defined by Merriam-Webster as “a feeling of euphoria that is experienced by some individuals engaged in strenuous running and that is held to be associated with a release of endorphins by the brain”.

I must have been absent the day God was handing out the endorphin gene, because I have yet to feel any “euphoria” while running. 

Overheating? Yes

Pain? More please!!

Yarbles up in my throat?? Yes Sir!!!

But euphoria?? Not even a little bit.

I would LIKE to feel that way though. I really would. I would like to not want to clothes line every little sprite that zooms by me on races and during training. I am not a violent person by nature. Truly I’m not.

I will own up to this though. On a bike lately I have been experiencing something close to what I think is this “high”. I noticed it again last night. Even when the legs are burning, there is something exhilarating about flying over the black top at 20 mph, knowing that it is all your own body powering this bike to that speed. Tucking in low, and cruising down the backside of a long climb, watching the speed on your Garmin climb to 20 …. 25 …. 30 … 35. Feeling the fear in your gut as you tear down the hill, but loving every minute of it. 

Last night’s ride was like that. It was windy, but there was also a nice tail wind at times. Even during the head winds I was managing 16.5 mph, and with the tailwind I was well above 18. It felt like I was floating over the road. When the sun started getting low there was actually a little nip in the air. Not a great amount, but enough to give you a taste of that early Fall feeling. I ended the ride feeling energized. Was with my favorite riding partner, it was nice weather, not too crowded. Just an overall good night.

So, is that the “Rider’s High”?

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