Misery then fun?

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    Aug 01, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    EVERY time I run or jog I am seriously miserable for the first mile. It's not that I'm in pain because it's not painful, but don't enjoy what I'm doing I feel like it's a chore. It's as if I'm running uphill with a negative cloud over my head. Yet...somehow, right after the first mile it's as if my body goes into almost an autopilot energy mode and I'm HAPPY that I'm running.. It's so weird to write this out but I'm wondering if others are like that too.
  • rainier67

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    Aug 01, 2011 12:37 AM GMT
    Endorphins
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    Aug 01, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    Runner's high
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    Aug 01, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    Running sucks. Lift weights.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 01, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    For the first twenty minutes it`s a struggle/not enjoyable for me,then I just seem to find tremendous energy and strength as if I`m ready for a triathlon or something.The remainder of the run sees me tiring but actually feeling ever more energetic and strong.
    I`ve also noted it`s the days I feel least like running I do my best runs(fastest,most enjoyable,etc.)
    The stress on the body stimulates it to release chemicals to protect it ie endorphins,enkphalins,etc.
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    Aug 01, 2011 11:25 AM GMT
    Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, Happy people don't shoot their husbands in the face...They just don't
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    Aug 01, 2011 11:36 AM GMT
    rainier67 saidEndorphins


    Yup. I hate running, I never even get that far.
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    It seems to apply for my case too. Only difference being that I use an elliptical instead of running for the sake of easing stress on my joints. For the first ten to twenty minutes, it's not really very fun...even with music. Then, as I get more into it, it gets significantly better and it feels easier.

    I dub this phenomenon "activity inertia". Since the body's been at rest, it wants to stay at rest, and as you continue, the activity almost wants to just continue on its own.

    I find that drinking a sugar free Red Bull an hour before I go to the gym helps a little bit, it motivates me with that needed burst of energy. But I don't eat or drink anything else, otherwise I get sick during my workout.
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:49 AM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidRunning sucks. Lift weights.


    A good amount of cardio is essential with lifting weights. If you're trying to get defined abdominals, doing tons of pushups will give you strong abs, but they'll still be covered by everyone's natural layer of fat. The cardio (intense sprints and runs) will help to eliminate that layer of fat so that your abs shine like the diva's that they are.
  • NerdLifter

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    Aug 02, 2011 1:10 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidI love running. Makes my cake moist.

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  • PKP223

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    Aug 02, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
    Love running, it puts me in a good mood even at the start, hate weight lifting, it puts me in a bad mood all the way through....so idk about endorphins but either way I don't mind, but try running in the rain, it feels amazing, usually do that in the summer especially
  • kcbronc

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    Aug 02, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    MsclDrew saidExercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, Happy people don't shoot their husbands in the face...They just don't


    A la Elle Woods
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    Aug 02, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
    Its called "runner's high"

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    Oct 08, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    That happens to me when I'm racing. The first few miles are always miserable and I question why I do this to myself. Then my body "gets into the zone". It's still sucks at times, but I have fun enjoy catching up to people and passing them. When it's all said and done, I vow never to race again, but I alway go back for more. Just figured I was a closeted masochist.