The runner’s high is a popular and powerful notion: the feeling of effortless floating, almost like free-wheeling on a bicycle. And when you are finished, there’s the body’s buzz: adrenaline and blood coursing through your veins, the refreshing soak of the shower, and the warm cocooning of post-run cottons and fleece.
How is it then, that so few people run? If the runner’s high is so great, why do most people get their kicks in other ways? Let’s face it, a lot of people don’t run because it’s a little tough, it’s a bit of a pain to get started, and is often uncomfortable. The high is also elusive: it’s wonderful to occasionally experience that floating feeling, but most of the time, running can be a little… grim.
This site is dedicated to the notion that the toughness, the discomfort, the work of running is the essence of its beauty. It is one of the simplest and most tangible ways of overcoming adversity. On a daily basis, you can set yourself a challenge, and with a little gumption, overcome it and notch up a small but significant accomplishment.
And these small accomplishments add up: from a mile to a 5K, to a marathon; from sub-25 minutes to sub 20 minutes; from one of the herd to 3rd in your age group; from 20 pounds overweight to a 10 pound weight-loss. There are so many benchmarks in running that there is always a goal for you to reach.
And more than the tangible goals, the understanding that comes from pushing through the pain that it, the pain, is transient and mostly a construct of your mind. Sure, it hurts right now, but you can keep going, the end will come into sight, and the pain will end. There is tremendous satisfaction in training the body to ignore the discomfort, focus on dealing with the present, and achieve more than you ever believed.
So, embrace the pain, welcome a little grim into your life on a daily basis.