If my Nike monitor doesn’t record my run, does it still count?
I was *so* bummed when my friend Heather and I went running yesterday morning and my Nike monitor only recorded 2 miles of our 5 mile run. I felt deflated, like I hadn’t actually run a decently paced five mile run.
Seeing my run all efficiently calculated by my Nike jog helper makes me feel satisfied and cha-ching, euphoric.
Studies are now showing that there really is something to a “Runner’s High.” Scientists have finally proven that there are endorphins released during running! The article about the study was published in the NY Times. Click here to read it.
Unfortunately, everyone in the study ran a full 2 hours before they were tested so for those of us short distance runners, the jury is still out on whether we get anything besides a feeling of accomplishment, love of nature, healthy heart and a fit physiqueout of the deal. But hey, those results are still a great deal (with or without the endorphins!).
Our weather has been amazing for the last two days – cold but clear and even a little (cold) sun. It’s been nice for running.
The run on Monday was in between thunder, lightning and snow in the afternoon. I had to wear my muddy shoes for that run! =)
Five miles way to go! Your weather must be back to normal on the West Side. Ours is getting closer to normal – no snow for two days!
Oh yeah – the runner’s high so exists and it is awesome. Although, I also experience the runner’s low (my term) a few days later. I liken both experiences to having a child… you are naturally high in the beginning and then the hormonal drop happens… yeah, the runner’s high is kind of like that. Just wait until you run your half-marathon… you will see. And the sense of accomplishment is everlasting and just makes you want more!
Heidi and Anne, you two are hilarious. I love the cupcake math. =)
I think the list of things short distance runners get is missing a few things like rubber legs, blurred vision and searing lungs… just kidding. well, kinda = )
Of course it counts!! It usually takes me at least 3 miles of a faster paced run to feel the runner’s high, but it’s usually somewhere between 4 to 5 miles. I know I hit it when I feel like I could do another five when I finish -which I don’t actually do 😉
Enyaeire's Creations says
A very cute blog and I love the way you have it laid out. Very nice indeed
Don’t be bummed. It counts because you did it. It’s like if you ate 5 cup cakes and only 2 were seen by others then the 3 doesn’t count. Hey, that’s not a bad way of counting…