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Grading Out The Running Buzz
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I dislike running, I feel worse after a run1 Votes - [1.43%]
That was refreshing!19 Votes - [27.14%]
Who needs a cup of coffee/DP after a morning run? Not me!0 Votes - [0%]
Antidepressants? Bah, running is my drug!28 Votes - [40%]
Running is CRACK. I *need* a fix.9 Votes - [12.86%]
You get fidgity, talky, hard to contain yourself3 Votes - [4.29%]
I feel...AMAZING. I can tackle - ANYTHING!6 Votes - [8.57%]
I am SUPERMAN!4 Votes - [5.71%]

2007-11-15 7:56 AM

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Subject: Grading Out The Running Buzz

On a scale from 1-8, how much of a high do you get off of running?  Also consider how much you need to run.

Instead of simply using numbers, I decided to use examples as well so people could better understand and graph where they are on the scale.  Having some insight into different stages of "highs" I think the examples are fairly well rated.



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2007-11-15 9:00 AM
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I feel AMAZING... and can tackle the world (usually) after a run, but I don't crave it when I'm not doing it as much as I wish I did.  Sometimes I get a bit itchy to run if I see others doing it (which makes having a marathoning husband a major bonus), but I just get cranky when I don't excercise enough (in general) and don't notice it until its pointed out to me (by aforementioned husband!).

2007-11-15 9:04 AM
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Most importantly: I don't feel like smoking anymore because of running (and biking and swimming)
2007-11-15 9:49 AM
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The more I run, the more I want to run.
2007-11-15 10:02 AM
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I'll do the run, and I usually feel better afterwards -- but it's not like I am dying to go out there and do it.
2007-11-15 10:11 AM
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Cycling is my drug of choice. Running does feel aite tho, most days.



2007-11-15 11:01 AM
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If I'm being particularly cranky with my coworkers or friends, they always ask if I missed a run. And I've been pretty successfully off my antidepressants for three months, so running really is my drug of choice. I've been having a two day streak of really crappy runs, so I'm worried that tomorrow is going to suck, too, but I still get out there and do it. I'd probably get fired if I didn't run.
2007-11-15 11:36 AM
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Running is a means to an end ..... getting faster, that's pretty much it.

I enjoy it, but at the end it is about what I did right, what I did wrong and what I can do to improve.  And that I'm tired ........

2007-11-15 11:45 AM
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Used to hate it, now addicted to it...I go a few days without it and I start to feel lethargic and eww, and crave it.
2007-11-15 11:46 AM
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Atlantia - 2007-11-15 12:01 PM If I'm being particularly cranky with my coworkers or friends, they always ask if I missed a run. And I've been pretty successfully off my antidepressants for three months, so running really is my drug of choice. I've been having a two day streak of really crappy runs, so I'm worried that tomorrow is going to suck, too, but I still get out there and do it. I'd probably get fired if I didn't run.

When I can't run, which only occurs when I'm hurt, my mood turns downward - even with meds.  On the flipside, before I was on mood stablizers a solid run made me feel grandiose.  For instance, I could NOT contain my emotions (no filter for my thoughts) and risk taking was the norm - challenging traffic while running, driving reckless because I just knew nothing would happen to ME - I was Superman.   I don't get that high anymore after runs 'cuse of meds, but I still reach heights most people don't I suspect.

2007-11-15 12:48 PM
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I don't particularly "love" to run, but I do enjoy it. When I don't get out to train for a day or two my lovely wife will ask me when I am going to go run/bike/swim next? Usually I will ask why and she will say "Because you are getting to be difficult to be around and we need a break."

Biking is my favorite of the three sports by far, though I will say that since I started this run/swim focus back in October I have started to enjoy both of them more.

After a good run in the morning I am ready for the day to get started and I am usually pretty focused at work. Then I head out for my lunch time swim and again I am pretty focused for work when I get back.



2007-11-15 12:56 PM
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I'm the fidgety, maybe even cranky, person when I haven't run.  Like... right now!!!

That being said, the runs that make me feel better are usually the ones in the 40 - 75 minute range.  I come home refreshed, energized, happy.  Long runs, I come home happy and tired and wiped out!

2007-11-15 12:57 PM
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Lovvve it. I'm naturally a pretty hyper person, running is for me. Yep.
2007-11-15 12:57 PM
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I used to not like running. It hurt, I jiggled - alot, I couldn't breathe or get into any sort of rhythm and was totally wiped out afterwards.

Through slowly (and that is meant literally) running, over and over again... I managed to build up some endurance. And even more slowly, I gained some speed (for me its speed..hey, its all relative) and I actually now enjoy it. I find it cathartic. I can now relax a bit, think, breathe, and always seem to come out for the better after having taken a run.

2007-11-15 1:04 PM
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SevenZulu - 2007-11-15 8:02 AM I'll do the run, and I usually feel better afterwards -- but it's not like I am dying to go out there and do it.

X2

I usually have to remind myself that I'll feel great after.  And I always do. 

2007-11-15 5:12 PM
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I look forward to the run days on the trainign schedule and feel great afterward


2007-11-15 6:43 PM
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There has been more then one time that a family member has handed me my Asics and pointed to the door
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