So today is “National Running Day.”
I didn’t get the day off of work and I don’t see it on my calendar but I’d vote to make it a national holiday!
I did run 3.1 miles and had a PR on this particular route of 27.23 and it’s not an easy route…several inclines and the temps and humidity were high!
Today, as always…I take every opportunity that I get to read about running. Things have settled down a bit this week at work.
I ran across this article which intrigues me greatly. “Your Brain on Drugs vs. Your Brain on Running”
And it hit me that is what is happening to me! I always express on here how I get antsy or in other words, tweaking for a run especially on my rest days.
“Tweak”- Compulsive Disorder-ish. Or to be on some type of speed and be any/all of the following: –Highly agitated, wide-eyed, and angry/overly irritable –To be as paranoid in a mouselike manner; rapid breathing, weird twitchy and/or panic-ey movements/responses –To be euphoric as a motherfucker whilst on some type of uppers
Most of the above statement was taken from the “Urban Dictionary” and it over exaggerated and a bit saucy.
It’s the endorphins and dopamine!
Running has been proven to increase 3 major brain chemicals…
Endorphins increase happiness, let people push through pain, decrease hunger and increase the immune response. You get kicks from endorphins in childbirth as well as when you eat chocolate (for instance). Lack of endorphins may cause obsessive-impulsive behavior because your body doesn’t tell you that you have accomplished what you set out to do such as washing hands or locking doors over and over again.
Dopamine helps keep a stressed body feeling good. Dopamine lends a hand to endorphins. It twangs the brain’s reward and pleasure centers but also helps with coordination, heart rate and vascular response. A lack of dopamine is associated with Parkinson’s Disease.
Serotonin affects mood, sexual desire, appetite, sleep, memory and temperature regulation. Low serotonin levels are connected with depression.
I have a great interest in this subject now and will be reading more on it. But it does explain why I (an over 50, once obese person) could be hooked on something that is hard to do and might possibly be wearing down some of my body parts such as knees, feet, hips etc.
This intensified after my half marathon this past April. I suffered so much that night and couldn’t walk down a flight of stairs but I never felt better. I felt like I was “high” 🙂
It doesn’t happen on a daily basis but it happens enough that I crave that feeling. I’m like a compulsive gambler….I may not always win at that poker table, but I win enough to keep me coming back just on the chance I’ll hit it big.
~Let’s Get High~