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10/15/15 2:03 A

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emoticon good point!

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10/14/15 4:56 P

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I'm going to make a guess that runners are not the ones with the forgetfulness problem. :)

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10/14/15 3:35 P

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Thanks for that bit of research Brian - so it's good for your brain, but too much is not good for your brain..... best to only run every-other day then!

One of the organisations who endorse ParkRunUK are Alzheimer's Research UK - and I think recently the runners were able to donate their minutes to Alzheimer's Research - I guess it was a financial pledge to give a certain amount of money per minute (as the events are free).

I think knowing this bit of information will improve my running - I think it must help in forming a running habit!

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10/13/15 1:24 P

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ANANDAMIDE: The bliss molecule. Anandamide is the natural neurotransmitter that THC mimics. "The name is taken from the Sanskrit word ananda, which means "joy, bliss, delight", and amide" a family of acid molecule thingy*. Anandamide is synthesized in the memory areas of the brain and involved in learning. Anandamide breaks connections as well as making connections and too much causes forgetfulness. -- THC fits into the key receptors for Anandamide.

* Thingy: A non-technical word meaning the writer knows just enough to understand what's going on, but not enough to explain what that something is. Or, has deemed it unimportant to his point.

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10/13/15 10:58 A

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That's very interesting information. I suspected that endorphins weren't the source of 'runner's high' because, anecdotally, I've learned that the endorphin rush comes on quick and is over quickly, whereas the runners 'high' has longer-lasting effects.

Yes, I occasionally experience the euphoria (mostly when I'm really pushing my limits, or when everything just comes together perfectly in the run - weather/temp, timing, setting/scenery, etc...). It's good enough that I do chase it a little, and I believe it is has addictive properties. However, there is much more to the 'runners high' for me.

I have chronic pain, especially musculo-skeletal and skin pain (neuralgia) from an autoimmune disease. Nothing that I take (medication) gets rid of this pain. The right combination of drugs, rest and nutrition can make the pain manageable day to day, but doesn't get rid of it or cure it. Running does.

If I can manage to run 20-30 minutes 3x per week, the pain is quite bearable, even goes away at times. It can be very hard to get out the door, as I am in pain and therefore don't want to run! But I've learned that if I can push through it, the reward is more than worth it.

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10/12/15 8:26 P

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I actually go through stages. Stage 1 for me is lung burn and warm up. Stage 2 I am in my groove and body feels good. Stage 3 is what I call "In The Zone". I feel like I can run forever and I feel so smooth. The other day while "In The Zone" I had another feeling and boy was it good!! So good I can't say any more without blushing.
Of course as I finish and I am in my stretching cool down phase I feel pretty darn incredible. That's when I do my "Happy Dance" stretch thing.

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10/12/15 8:10 P

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Runner's high is definitely a thing for me. In fact, it makes me bouncy enough that people have asked how many coffees I've had. :D

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10/12/15 12:39 P

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Runners high is my jam! My body is so good at kicking out the endorphins while I'm run that I'm known around town as being the only runner out in sideways rain and snow and ice who still has a smile on her face. I can't live without it!

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10/12/15 11:01 A

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What do you know? Anandamide. I have to Google that. Emotionally I usually feel better after a run then before. When I'm feeling anxiety, the improvement is more pronounced. I can't say I have ever felt "high". I think I once described it as sometimes feeling not nearly as awful as I'm running :)

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10/11/15 11:47 P

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emoticon for sharing! Yes, it is a wonderful feeling. I haven't had it too often, but it is a great feeling.

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I've often heard people talk about the 'endorphins kicking in' and reaching a point when running where they feel they're invincible. I'm very much a rookie runner - but I've had moments when I do feel like this - I had one the other day when I was running down a long hill - felt like I could fly and had such a smile on my face.

I found this little article about an experiment (only done on mice so far) that has identified a different chemical in the brain which causes that feeling. I thought it was interesting, so wanted to share it.

www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-bein
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