What a Runner’s High Actually Feels Like

According to runners

Allie Volpe
Elemental
Published in
6 min readJun 13, 2019

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Illustration: Evan Cohen

SSome exercisers find the notion of running-related zen a bit of athletic lore. However, to those who’ve experienced it, the feeling is undeniable, with descriptors ranging from mind-awakening to joyous.

Like many physical responses, a runner’s high is the result of chill-inducing chemical reactions in the body. It’s usually triggered…

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Allie Volpe
Elemental

Writes about lifestyle, trends, and pop psychology for The Atlantic, New York Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Washington Post, and more.