You Can’t Get Runner’s High If You Don’t Go Running

We were awakened at 4:00 this morning by Manchild shrieking. Micah got up first to investigate (after I gave him a little nudge), and I followed when Squish joined in. It turns out the fuss was about a booger that needed to be disposed of properly, and once it was taken care of, the elder child went back to sleep. I held his little brother until he calmed down, then went back to sleep myself. When we woke up for real a few hours later, I was grumpy. Aside from the mid-night fuss, I was stressed about hosting Manchild’s preschool. I wasn’t as prepared as I’d hoped; I was worried I’d have to cancel because Manchild had been sick; I had a brain cloud.

When I read the paper this morning, however, I was drawn to an article about what really causes a runner’s high. Of course. Certainly some good news/interesting findings would turn my day around. Not so much, it turns out. Because it doesn’t really matter to me that endorphins are actually too big to cross the blood-brain barrier (whatever that means), and I don’t really need to know about the endocannabinoid system (or its connection to marijuana) to appreciate what running does for my mood. I know that running makes me happy I know that it helps me focus and clears my mind. I know that it gives me energy to stay ahead of the preschoolers, that it erases any deficits I feel from a bad night’s sleep.

And yet I didn’t get out before it was too late this morning. No wonder today was kind of a wreck.

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4 Comments

  1. Sorry you didn’t get out for that run. I just think it’s funny they needed a study to confirm those findings. Way to go on “the nudge”!

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    lizzie Reply:

    I wish I were better at implementing the nudge more often. Last night I had to talk Manchild out of having breakfast at 3:00 in the morning. He was seriously awake and setting the table. I appeased him with half a banana and the promise that he could have the other half after 7:00.

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  2. Thanks, Lizzie. It’s been a long lazy winter but thanks to your posting I got started running again. Sorry to hear that you and the boys are sick. Feel better quickly.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Hey Eapen, glad to hear you’ve been able to get out recently. It’s not nearly so bad once the temp is in the 40s. I hope we’re in the clear until next December as far as that goes.
    And we’re feeling a bit better, thanks! At least right now.

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  3. That Manchild is too much! That is definitely a story for his “baby book”, which if you are anything like mine, is random scraps of paper here and there with milestones and funny things the kid said. Yes, as Eapen said, feel better quickly

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    lizzie Reply:

    Oh the baby book . . . yeah, it’s on about 3 blogs and 2 different journals, not to mention the random tidbits floating around . . . one day I may have the time/energy to consolidate . . . maybe.

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  4. oops, guess I was on Eapen’s account with that last comment.

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