Runners High

For years I didn’t think this actually existed. It was a way for the avid runners to trick the beginners into thinking there is some special reward for the punishment of pounding out miles. I always thought it was some secret club I could never belong to.

I mean I have been running for a while now. I wouldn’t call it training for a marathon style, but I have always been an active person and enjoyed the¬†satisfaction¬†of knowing I was doing something good for my body. But it wasn’t until I really decided to start running, the 5 days a week kind of running, that I finally realized what this all elusive runners high was all about. Now I know what you’re thinking, ” good god do I really have to run that often to feel good about running?'” The answer of course is no! I think I must have experienced it before but paid no attention to what my body was telling me because I was always thinking, I could have went faster or I should have went farther.

My own mind was getting in the way of really reaping the chemical rewards of running. It wasn’t until I actually came to terms with what my body was achieving and what it’s limits were(based on how hard I actually decided to train) that I was able to see past what I didn’t accomplish and really accept what I had. Now that I have realized this connection I feel this “high” so much more often than I ever thought possible. Whether it’s 3 miles or 26.2 miles, to me it’s about pushing yourself at that moment. Give everything you can at each run and accept the limits your body puts on you. Some days are gonna hurt and some days are going to be glorious. Some days you’ll feel like you can run forever and some days a mile is going to feel like the most difficult thing you have ever done. But that is the beauty of running to me. I love the struggle.

Garibaldi Park

Author: Spring McClurg

I moved to B.C. with my husband in 2010 after spending 6 years living abroad in Ireland. Originally from a small town in Alberta that was minutes away from the Rockies, I always knew I would return to the mountains one day. I love spending as much time as I can in the mountains, whether it be mountaineering, rock climbing or simply running on the backcountry trails. I love to challenge myself and seek out new experiences.

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