Happy Columbus Day! Hope you were lucky enough to get the day off. MacGyver and I decided at the last minute to take it off so we’re just over here getting high.
Okay, MacGyver isn’t getting high, but I am.
Maybe I should explain before this goes south.
According to new research by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, runners high is actually caused by an increase in endocannabinoids. In case you don’t know what those are, they are the natural chemicals produced by the body that regulate how a person feels, moves or reacts. The New York Times calls them our ‘internally produced marijuana’.
While you may get endorphins from running and endorphins are good, they are also too large to cross the blood brain barrier so they can’t be responsible for ‘runner’s high’. This new research suggest the high you get comes from the cannabinoid receptors.
I’m a believer. I totally get a runner’s high but I also get ridiculously ravenous after a long run and usually the day after and guess what’s been implicated in your body’s hunger? Yep, endocannabinoids! Doh!
So, let’s talk about how much I got high this weekend….
On Saturday I attempted a long run but it was humid as all hell. I did manage to get in 8 miles though and even though I walked a shit ton in the last half, I still managed to come in at under 11 minutes a mile at an average pace of 10:56. I’ll take it!
On Sunday I really wanted to get in a quick 4 and try to plow through it without stopping because MacGyver really wanted to go fishing. I managed 4 miles at an average pace of 9:38 so not bad.
And obviously the high was good for me because I finished at the water and jumped in the boat and check out the flounder I landed at my secret fishing spot.
So I guess it’s true and my 9th grade teacher was correct when he said, ‘If you don’t straighten up and fly right you’re gonna wind up a stoner’. Guess what Mr. Atchley, you were right, I’m a stoner!
So, how often did you get high this weekend?
Do you eat the entire day after a long run or is that just me?