i haven't gotten it recently but i did sometimes get runners high when i was in better shape, like when i was 19. i think you would know if you got it though. it feels like you don't have to try and you could keep going forever, not like the struggle it normally feels like. cruisin'
― HHooHHHooHH-oob (harbl), Monday, 23 March 2009 14:21 (4 years ago) Permalink
I have gotten that sort of feeling. I just thought it was supposed to be some sort of euphoria. Maybe my standards for euphoria are too ambitious.
― milk plasma (Jesse), Monday, 23 March 2009 15:36 (4 years ago) Permalink
lol people who tell u runners high is like ecstasy are people who have never done ecstasy--its more like "being in a good mood"
― rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Monday, 23 March 2009 15:37 (4 years ago) Permalink
― HHooHHHooHH-oob (harbl), Monday, 23 March 2009 15:42 (4 years ago) Permalink
i try to do btwn 3-5 miles every other day & basically track totals by month which helps a lot w/ the structure and measuring aspect
― johnny crunch, Monday, 23 March 2009 15:47 (4 years ago) Permalink
No runner's high for me. It is miserable every single step.
― Jeff, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 02:51 (4 years ago) Permalink
Every winter gets me totally out of the routine and out of shape, but I'm getting started again since the time change, and since the sidewalks haven't been iced over for a couple of weeks. (I know some people get out of bed an hour earlier to go running in the cold just before sunrise, but...no, I run because I *like* it). Right now I'm only running about 3 miles a couple times a week, and I'd like to work up to more regularly running 5 miles again, hopefully approaching 10 in the summer.
I don't think I've experienced runner's high, which I've always thought is because I like to fall into a comfortable groove that I can keep up for a long time, instead of pushing myself so hard I break through some kind of crazy physical barrier...but if it's more "cruising" and less "euphoria", maybe I have!
― Maria, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 03:06 (4 years ago) Permalink
If what I've experienced is a runner's high, and if that experience is what others consider euphoria, then I pity those people.
― milk plasma (Jesse), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 03:39 (4 years ago) Permalink
I ran 2 miles today in 18 minutes, which is Very Good.
― milk plasma (Jesse), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 03:53 (4 years ago) Permalink
i dunno it's kind of like you feel a switch go off, i really think you would know
― (lbrah) (harbl), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 11:36 (4 years ago) Permalink
also do you guys run in the morning? i can't do it, i always feel so stiff and tired, and if i plan to wake up earlier to run i just end up going back to bed. i'd like to do it in the morning just to get it done but i'm wimpy.
― (lbrah) (harbl), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 11:37 (4 years ago) Permalink
I don't even go back to bed, I can't get out of it in the first place. I ran in the morning when I first started, but I didn't need to be at work very early then, so it was easier.
― Maria, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 11:57 (4 years ago) Permalink
this goes for me the exact same.
i only run in the morning... by the end of the day my energy levels are good enough to cycle home, but not really high enough for a run
― behind the times (gem), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 12:06 (4 years ago) Permalink
yeah i don't mean i run and then get back into bed, i think i meant i go back to sleep and never get out of bed. i guess i'm a morning person but if i don't need to be somewhere i'm just going to sleep. i just need to do it and get used to it but it's easier said than done. thinking about summer though, if it's 95º during the day i should make myself run at 6 am when it's high 70s instead, or else i'll have to wait until it's dark out which is not always the best idea.
― (lbrah) (harbl), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 12:23 (4 years ago) Permalink
Jesse, when are you going to start running outside? I can't do the treadmill, I like running outside too much. I like the heat (whenever it gets here) and the lakefront views. And taking a break at the zoo.
I can't get up early to run, because I already get up at 5:30 to try and get into work by 7:00 am. To get up early would just give me so little sleep I wouldn't be able to run or work. Then I sometimes I don't leave work till 6:30 or 7:00 pm, so it's hard to get the energy to run at night either. I can't run at lunch because I don't have time and normally eat at my desk. So it's mostly weekends for me at this point. Not good for building up stamina.
I should get these today. I'm pretty excited, I'm tired of the wires of my current headphones bouncing everywhere.
― Jeff, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 12:28 (4 years ago) Permalink
I'm going to start when it gets a little warmer and isn't raining. This summer I plan not to wuss out and run indoors when it gets hot like I did last summer.
Those headphones seem pretty cool, but I do a lot of fiddling w/ volume, tracks, etc., so that might be limiting. Wires are the bane of my existence though.
I usually run in the evening right after work. For the past many days I have set my alarm so that I would get up and run in the morning, but I've been hitting snooze. When it gets lovely out I'm going to ride my bike to work which will be a nice change.
― milk plasma (Jesse), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 14:11 (4 years ago) Permalink
Oh, Jeff - why do you have to go to ENT? I'm assuming that means ear-nose-throat.
― milk plasma (Jesse), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 14:12 (4 years ago) Permalink
I prefer to run in the evenings, after work (or after sundown on weekends). I got used to this schedule because I found that during summertime, it was simply too hot to run during the day.
― NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 14:57 (4 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, figuring out timing is tricky. During the winter, it's too cold to run until the evening, whereas during the summer, early mornings is best (this is NYC). Combined with a job...weekends are the only easy time.
On the runner's high thing: I never feel that euphoric. The two types for me are the cruising feeling when it feels like running is no effort, that you're almost floating, and could go on forever (happens maybe every 5th run?), and the sense of immense well-bring after a run that lasts an hour or two. But no, not ecstasy-like at all.
― paulhw, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:29 (4 years ago) Permalink
I'm lucky enough to work a runable distance from home, so I can do it as my commute if I want. Saves lots of time.
Easiest runners high is got from a flat run with a nice tailwind behind you, sometimes you can stop trying and just float along. Is that cheating?
― Dom Cry For Me, Passantino (NickB), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:36 (4 years ago) Permalink
It's a great feeling. Cheating, yeah a little. Do you shower at work?
― paulhw, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:38 (4 years ago) Permalink
I have a feeling of great well-being after running too. It turns my mental state around, which is great if I'm depressed or just blah. The hard part is starting running when I'm feeling blah.
Having a shower at work is great. I'm lucky to have a full home-style bathroom at work, which is great for biking in. But I live about 8 miles from my work, so I probably will never run it.
― milk plasma (Jesse), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:42 (4 years ago) Permalink
yeah ive gotten to the point where i feel like crap if i DONT run for 3 or 4 days. right, then also i totally sleep and feel better after i've run or exercised in some way. i go late afternoons/early evenings usually
― johnny crunch, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:47 (4 years ago) Permalink
Running fixes drinking.
― milk plasma (Jesse), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:51 (4 years ago) Permalink
The two types for me are the cruising feeling when it feels like running is no effort, that you're almost floating, and could go on forever
yeah i get this too. they seem like they last for ages, then you come out of that state and realise it only lasted for 10 mins. agree about the state of well-being post-run though - it seems obvious but my head just feels so amazingly clear after even a 25-min run. i imagine it'll get better as i start running longer, which is great motivation.
i work from home, so i run during the day when no one's around - running at the weekend and having to constantly dodge other runners, cyclists, walkers who love to gawp at struggling runners, is hellish. the ideal is to do it first thing in the morning but i have to beware the procrastination trap and getting to 1pm without doing anything cuz i'm going for a run "in a minute".
used to run with headphones but they were too much of a distraction...running without music is really good actually, you can completely clear your head.
my sinuses can be an issue esp if it's a bit cold, a snotty nose really impedes your breathing but i don't want to be stopping to blow my nose all the time.
― lex pretend, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:00 (4 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, the "floating" feeling is great, and it happens only every 4th or 5th run for me too. Another thing about the post-run "high" ... do you guys ever hit the pub after running? Not immediately afterward, of course, but after re-hydration, shower, food, etc. There's nothing like the taste of that first beer after a run. It's like the most refreshing drink ever.
― NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:31 (4 years ago) Permalink
Although maybe it's not healthy to drink too soon after running? I don't do it too often though ...
― NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:33 (4 years ago) Permalink
i love beer after a run because the alcohol hits you so fast and you can feel it in your extremities all tingly. maybe just me though.
― (lbrah) (harbl), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:34 (4 years ago) Permalink
after rehydrating and shower = don't really count this as after a run
― lex pretend, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:36 (4 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, it's not exactly "after the run", but it's still during the period of "immense well-being" that paulhw talked about, the one that lasts for an hour or two.
― NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:44 (4 years ago) Permalink
In any case, the beer really does taste different in that situation, and that's what matters to me.
― NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:45 (4 years ago) Permalink
i used to run at least a few miles every day but now that i'm playing pickup basketball just about every day that's more than taken its place.
― Leif ericsonned (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:50 (4 years ago) Permalink
i love the post-run beer
― meat of beef (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:52 (4 years ago) Permalink
Agreed. Cigarettes are great after a run, too, but I don't do that anymore.
― milk plasma (Jesse), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 17:45 (4 years ago) Permalink
hey does anyone else have problems with foot pain, plantar fasciitis?
love running but goddamn this constant pain is getting annoying. : (
― Reege & Leif (M@tt He1ges0n), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 17:55 (4 years ago) Permalink
I had a lot of trouble with my feet when I started running. First thing I did was get fitted properly for running shoes. However, I would get these stabbing sharp pains on the outside of my feet after runs that would last for 2 weeks. Turns out that it was peroneal tendinitis. I went to a podiatrist and got fitted for foot orthotics. It was the best thing I've every done for my active life, I haven't gotten that pain again and I'm generally pain free while running. However I do get some hip snapping on occasion, where the iliotibial tendon passes over the outside of the hip. It doesn't hurt, but it can be alarming. I get the occasional knee pain, but nothing too major.
Immediately after running I have this ravenous craving for a burger and beer.
Jesse, sign up for the Ravenswood Run 5K.
― Jeff, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 23:28 (4 years ago) Permalink
well, i guess i'll see how it goes.
i went to a good store, supposedly one of the "50 best running stores in america" according to some plaque they had. shoes were $112 after a big discount so they better be good.
if it keeps up i guess i will look into orthotics.
― stank pony (M@tt He1ges0n), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 23:31 (4 years ago) Permalink
i get those pains occasionally...not every time, and not unbearable, but just pain on the inside of my left foot whenever i put weight on it for a few days after some runs. really should get fitted properly.
― lex pretend, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 23:41 (4 years ago) Permalink
been running for a while but over the last few months got really into it going like 5-6 times a week but damn my legs got super tight n painful - stretched tons switched up my routine did intervals etc but i think thats just too much running for me so i took a week off and now imna dial it back to 2-3 runs a week 2 yogas - did yoga today was v nice - run tomorrow!
also will be warm enough for basketball soon so ill work that in somehow i dunno
― ice cr?m, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 23:55 (4 years ago) Permalink
I've never had beer after a run. I always crave cold skim milk, sometimes right after I get back, sometimes a couple hours later. It feels so nutritious, I don't know that I could substitute beer.
My body JUST noticed that I've been running more since we switched the clocks two weeks ago (I only run outdoors)...hello soreness! Tomorrow I'll stretch and take it easy. Looking forward to feeling much stronger and going farther in another couple weeks.
― Maria, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 00:49 (4 years ago) Permalink
ive been thinking i should be stretching more. this is an off-day thing to do?
i've had some nagging knee pain beyond just your basic soreness/stiffness for a little while now. although it seemed to be worse in like october - feb and is now starting to feel a little better...do my knees have seasonal affect disorder?
think it could be some tendonitis just from describing symptoms to some friends so prob shd see a doctorb, eventually.
did 5 miles today in abt 42 mins on a treadmill + felt pretty good abt it. for me iced coffee hits the perfect spot afterwards
― johnny crunch, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 01:05 (4 years ago) Permalink
guys u know u can have yr post-run beer IN THE SHOWER
― i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 01:11 (4 years ago) Permalink
i had nagging knee pain and it cleared up immediately when i got new shoes but i bet you've considered that
― (lbrah) (harbl), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 01:15 (4 years ago) Permalink
yea its lasted thru my newest pair altho i wasnt fully fitted for them so perhaps should look into that
― johnny crunch, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 01:20 (4 years ago) Permalink
When I think shower-beer, I think of you, gbx! I haven't had one in a long time - probably a year. It's high time. (It never occurred to me to combine post-run beer w/ shower-beer!)
Jeff, I will do the Ravenswood 5K for sure. Are you signed up?
Also, as I asked before - why an ENT?
― milk plasma (Jesse), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 02:43 (4 years ago) Permalink
Yes, I signed up.
ENT for reasons too disgusting to go into on the internet.
― Jeff, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 03:27 (4 years ago) Permalink
I ran this morning and it was terrible. 2 miles in 20-some minutes and I was stiff, achy, and sluggish. Coffee would have improved it a little.
― milk plasma (Jesse), Thursday, 26 March 2009 16:18 (4 years ago) Permalink
my feet are totally fucked up today
― stank pony (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 26 March 2009 16:19 (4 years ago) Permalink
i should start running.
― ian, Thursday, 26 March 2009 16:29 (4 years ago) Permalink
Has anyone got any tips for strengthening calf muscles/ankles?
― Mr Raif, Thursday, 26 March 2009 16:34 (4 years ago) Permalink
I usually look for shoes that are on clearance... try 6pm.com, or normal running shoe places and sort by price from low to high.
― the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, 8 June 2013 17:57 (1 week ago) Permalink
i got brooks pureflow at nordstrom rack for like $55 and i love them. my old shoes were $110, i got fitted for them at the running store, and they made my feet cramp.
― veryupsetmom (harbl), Saturday, 8 June 2013 18:21 (1 week ago) Permalink
Yeah, I'm already pretty good at finding $40-$50 shoes at DSW or wherever. I hadn't heard about 6pm.com, so thank you. That'll be another option. What I'm really interested in is what happens when you push the price down into the $20-$30 range. I mean, conventional wisdom would be that I'd regret it, and I really don't want to fuck around with my feet. Just wondering if there's some like "basic dudes don't know this, but this K-mart off-brand sneaker is made in the same factory as ...." or whatever.
― how's life, Saturday, 8 June 2013 18:27 (1 week ago) Permalink
Ran Ragnar Chicago. Very tired now. Relays are different, different challenges. Ended up running each leg much faster than I had anticipated, but once I started passing people, I became addicted. Slept maybe 1 hour in two days.
― Jeff, Saturday, 8 June 2013 20:43 (1 week ago) Permalink
hahaha, thanks for asking, because I hit up 6pm.com and they have Fila Simulite 2s on sale for $30!
― the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, 8 June 2013 20:44 (1 week ago) Permalink
The truth about shoes is they probably don't matter nearly as much as people think they do.
― the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, 8 June 2013 20:53 (1 week ago) Permalink
hello runners. i am much less fit than when i last posted in this thread, but have started running/exercising again partly in terror at being out of shape. ran the manchester 10k two weeks ago, which was a fun day & hectic & i was v pleased to completely knacker myself to get under an hour (quite a bit faster than i'd been training), but really feeling the extra stone or two i've put on since i was last running. i am now a gymist, so i'll see how it goes.
― ogmor, Saturday, 8 June 2013 21:13 (1 week ago) Permalink
The truth about shoes is they probably don't matter nearly as much as people think they do.― the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, June 8, 2013 3:53 PM (6 days ago)
― the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, June 8, 2013 3:53 PM (6 days ago)
Pretty much OTM. I really like simple shoes, that are light and offer moderate cushioning. No crazy stuff. Currently really liking my Asics Gel-Lyte 33 2's (despite the stupid name).
― Jeff, Friday, 14 June 2013 15:48 (5 days ago) Permalink
Have been alternating between Asics Gel Hyper 33's and Asics Gel Excel 33's. No idea what the technical difference is between those and your shoes but I think they're pretty similar and I like them a lot. Mine are both in a really nasty fluorescent yellowish-green cos they were on special offer. Only reservation about them is that the upper seems to wear thin quite quickly over my big toes, but maybe that's just my feet.
― dschinghis kraan (NickB), Friday, 14 June 2013 16:11 (5 days ago) Permalink
I basically end up buying every single color scheme of the models I use. Easier to tell them apart so I can keep track of miles.
― Jeff, Friday, 14 June 2013 16:44 (5 days ago) Permalink
10K race today. Finished in 42:59 which is a PR by 1:54. It was warm. Now I'll officially start marathon training for the fall.
― Jeff, Monday, 17 June 2013 00:53 (2 days ago) Permalink
― fill up at the ilx quipnjibe (Hunt3r), Monday, 17 June 2013 01:45 (2 days ago) Permalink