We have all heard about the runner’s high and I always thought that was reserved for people who rang long races and were in great shape. But a funny thing happened to me last week. I got my first big endorphin rush!
And I’m probably older than you, and trying to get in shape, but still need to lose more than 30 pounds.
My fitness program always starts with a long walk with my two beagles, Roxy and Kerry in the early morning. The earlier the better. I love the stillness of the mornings, the quiet of the neighborhood, without everyone racing around. And, best of all, the sun is not high overhead yet so I stay cooler.
I have slowly been adding in the jogging, gradually getting more and more intense, walking a little less and jogging a little longer. The beagles are getting in shape, too, and I often to have to yell “Look at the squirrel!” to keep them going all the way to the end.
I noticed last week when I missed one of these walk/jogs, that I felt fuzzy and not right all day. Finally, I realized it was because I have become addicted to the endorphin rush I get first thing in the morning.
Now that I know what it is, I can almost tell you the exact moment when it kicks in – and it’s something I never got from just walking. I felt better after a long walk. I felt healthier and proud of myself for getting up and doing the long walks, but that is as different as day and night from the wonderful feeling I get from the jogging and sweating.
Now I bounce out of the house in the morning because I know I have something wonderful to look forward too. And it only takes me about 15 minutes now to trigger the rush. So I am looking forward to discovering other wonderful surprises as I keep jogging, keep losing weight, and watching out for those squirrels!