Type of Spiritual Experience
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which may no longer be available. It was Scott Dunlap's blog of trail running, ultra running, and triathlon racing in the Western United States. Scott was the 2004 Overall Champion for the Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series (marathon-and-shorter division), the largest trail running series in the world. This blog contained interviews, research, original fiction, new product ideas, and all things trail running….
A description of the experience
“anonymous” January 2008
My runners high is very different. I run on average quite a short distance about 4 to 4 and a half miles 5 or 6 times a week. I have experienced pleasure, a weird sensation while running longer distances associated primarily with almost not feeling myself touch the ground, and a pleasant numbness that made me want to go faster. However my real addiction to running comes from when I purposely run the last 2 and a half miles of my run fast, to the point that when I finish I know I am feeling exerted. Now If I finish at speed (which I know isn’t that great), the moment when I stop and catch my breath is like an orgasm. I feel incredibly loose relaxed and calm. This busts stress and my bodys high usually lasts until around 4pm when I feel like crap. The main problem is that if I don’t get my run in early before my days start then I feel groggy and unfocused.