Did you know, the high you get from running triggers the same part of the brain as marijuana?
No, neither did I. I’ve just read about it. But I’m gonna cut through the bullshit science in the article I just read and get straight to the point.
Now, I haven’t run properly since I played football for the Under 14s. In truth, the idea of running without kicking a ball baffles me. I once read Murakami’s “What I talk about when I talk about running,” and it was the only Murakami book that I didn’t finish. In short, I know more about getting high from smoking marijuana than I know about the endorphins triggered on a long countryside run.
What I gather though, from what I’ve read and seen, is that there is a point during a long run, after the initial pain and agony and desire to immediately stop, where you can reach a zen like state of bliss. It is described as a sense of euphoria combined with a higher tolerance to pain (hence you don’t notice how much it is hurting you). And the only reason I’m writing about this, on this blog, is that the effect of this is caused by a stimulation of the brain’s cannaboid receptors to relieve pain. Therefore, in a roundabout way, when you reach that point in a run where you achieve this state, you are evoking a sensation similar to that of being a little bit stoned.
Feel free to call me lazy. I couldn’t argue with you (and win). But what I’m wondering is, aside from the obvious health benefits of a fuck off run, isn’t it just a hell of a lot easier to just actually get stoned?