I know people talk about the runner's high, but I don't know that I've ever really felt it. What I have felt is a pleasant, tired, relaxed feeling after I'm finished. It makes me feel like everything is right with the world now that my run is done. I think it's like hitting your head against the wall -- it feels good when you stop. Not to say that I don't enjoy running sometimes, but it doesn't give me the floaty, happy feeling I would associate with "high" until after it's all done. I have felt moments of euphoria when I was pretty fit and could run fast -- but that high came from the feeling of accomplishment and not so much from the running itself.
Spinning class does actually give me a high of sorts. I feel incredibly strong and powerful and fit when I'm doing it lately. I'm so much happier since I switched instructors. The old one really didn't have a lot of variety in her workouts. She wanted to do jumps or standing climbs the whole time because she was one of those thin people who really hated the way her butt looked and was using our class to help her work it off. Unfortunate.
The new instructor has us do some very high-intensity segments, followed by recovery periods. This makes the tough parts bearable because I know that the easy part is coming up and will give me a chance to catch my breath. She also has fun music.
I have such a good time in those classes that I wonder if I might apply some of the things I like from Spinning to my running to make it more fun. Music I can do -- I always run with my iPhone and could switch from podcasts to playlists. I have tried interval running in the past but lately my workouts are more of the long, slow type. I think I'm boring myself. I have had a very hard time getting out to run because it's just plain dull. I think I need to mix it up more.
Maybe if I play my cards right, I can have that runner's high after all. If not, at least it will still feel good when I stop.