Type of Spiritual Experience
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A description of the experience
“anonymous” January 2008
I have actually had a runners high in a race once which is really weird because I usually don't get them until late in a distance run that i am cruising comfortably. It was the most comfortable 8k of my life. I am not saying i didn't feel any pain, but compared to a normal race I could drive hard without really feeling a ton of strain on the body. I felt like everyone around me was working so hard and I was feeling smooth and good. I negative split that race and finished with one of my better races of the season.
“Gary” January 2008,
i do find that runners high seems to kick in after a certain percentage of the run undertaken, approx for me around 35%, assuming the run is of a good distance.
Hence, if im running a half marathon the brain seems to know, and from about 4 miles onwards ill be in a state of euphoria, and seemingly high levels of mental concentration, and physical enjoyment.
Yet during full marathons I find this state may not occur till more nearer 9 miles, which would be take me about 50 mins on recent performances.
Ps, it goes after about 80% of the run, and from there its just pain!