runner's high

noun

: a feeling of euphoria that is experienced by some individuals engaged in strenuous running and that is held to be associated with a release of endorphins by the brain

Examples of runner's high in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's nothing better than a runner's high...until the next day. Olivia Evans, womenshealthmag.com, 13 June 2023 The study authors' actual claim was that endocannabinoids in addition to endorphins may play a role in runner's high. Ben Thomas, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2015 While virtual events filled the time between 2019 and now, a true runner's high isn't complete without an official finish line (or Finish Swine in this case) along with the accompanying medal. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 1 Nov. 2021 One thing that comes close to rivaling a runner's high (or second wind) is the satisfaction of snagging a really good deal on brand new workout gear. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, 25 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of runner's high was in 1975

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“Runner's high.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/runner%27s%20high. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

runner's high

noun
run·​ner's high ˈrən-ərz- How to pronounce runner's high (audio)
: a feeling of euphoria that is experienced by some individuals engaged in strenuous running and that is held to be associated with the release of endorphins by the brain
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