Feeling a Runner’s High – Jog Division’s Robyn

This week I experienced a ‘Runner’s High’ for the first time in roughly a year.

A runner’s high is what some people describe as complete euphoria either during or after a run.

I’ll be honest, I don’t think I have ever, in my life, experienced euphoria WHILST running. Yes, I’ve felt comfortable during a run and I’ve felt as if I had a few more miles left in me, but euphoric? I don’t think so.

A runner’s high, for me, has always occurred afterwards. It’s after clambering in through the door, chugging a huge glass of water and wrestling with yourself to get out of your sports bra into the shower. Once I’m clean and dry, the runner’s guilt has subsided and I’ve uploaded onto Strava, that’s when it kicks in for me.

Apparently, this feels different for everyone. For me, I feel as if I haven’t got a care in the world, completely content.

There is a science behind this feeling, you’d have to ask Google for the exact explanation but it’s something to do with endorphins and dopamine, basically, those ‘feel-good’ hormones.

I think this is what always brings me back to running. The run itself might not be your best, you might not get a PB, you might not feel as if you’ve made any progress but no matter what, your body and mind will always thank you for lacing up and getting out there.


Robyn is part of the Therme Manchester Marathon Jog Division. You can find out more on Robyn’s profile page