Back when I was running I would always have people ask me if I experienced runner’s high. It got the point where I was annoyed at the idea. No, I never experienced it. At least not that I could tell. In fact, I was pretty convinced people were making it up to make running seem fun.
Yeah, but no. Never got a runner’s high.
Last week a friend of mine on Facebook commented about going to a Barre class in a studio about 20 minutes from my house. I was excited. I’ve been wanting to take a class but there aren’t any in the area (until now). I’ve done some DVDs at home, but real talk here, does anyone really try all that hard when they are working out at home alone? I don’t. So I knew I wasn’t getting as much out of the workout as I could.
Wednesday I went to my first class. When I got done, one of the girls in the class with me asked how I liked it. My answer was “I wanted to quit after the first 20 minutes, but in the last 20 minutes I was thinking I would probably come back for another class.”
As I drove home I found myself scheduling classes in my head. I could do a Monday morning, Wednesday evening, Friday morning and even a class on the weekend if I wanted. And I could do cardio on the days I’m not doing Barre.
I was thinking about how I really needed to get to the grocery store and buy some fresh produce. I was thinking about how maybe once I got used to the classes, I could take a class and go for a quick run after. Two-a-days! I used to do those all the time.
It dawned on me. Maybe the high is daydreaming about produce and workout schedules. Maybe the high is not craving macaroni and cheese while wondering if you can convince your husband to go out for dinner one more night this week even though you just got back from Vegas where you ate all the food and you’ve eaten out every night since you got home.
Maybe the high isn’t a high, it just isn’t a low. Maybe the high is feeling balanced, feeling worked muscles and craving nutritious food. Maybe the high doesn’t make you go faster, further and longer like I’ve always assumed. Maybe he high just makes you go back for more.