> my breathing and pulse would go way down, almost to normal levels, while I just coasted along.
This reminds me of something I saw on TV years ago about Ethiopians. Researchers were trying to figure out how/why Ethiopians could run for miles and then when they stopped, their breathing & heart rate would immediately return to normal as tho they were not previously running. Researchers juxtaposed this with typical American runners who would be huffing & puffing for a while afterwards.
Now that I am learning barefoot running, I can see some of what was apparently being overlooked: the Ethiopians were barefoot while the Americans were shod. I would love to see that program again. I think it was a PBS show. But it was so long ago that I cant remember the details.
> If your a runner and you love what you do, just like me, you never forget the
feeling of a great run.
You inspire me. Somehow I find the time to read stuff like this but am reluctant to spend the time getting practice running. I am still learning to be a full-time barefooter. I have been at it for probably 6 months now. Now as for running, I'm just practicing short distances on sand. I look at my footprints and see problems with uneven stride & using my toes too aggressively. I'm taking it very slow, but I expect to get very good with time.
> 1. I feel a high that is more potent than morphine.
The closest thing I can compare with is having dental work done without anesthesia. (I prefer to feel some pain rather than be numb for hours afterwards.) I am able to 'get into' the pain and then stop it to a remarkable degree. Afterwards I feel such an incredible euphoria. I am not a masochist, tho.
> To me, this feeling is complete satisfaction and I yern for it almost like a splinter in my mind driving me mad.
Yes, Morphious (or should I call you Morphine-ous? :-)
Walt Tampa, Florida
p.s. thanx to the rest of you runners for all of your comments, humor and otherwise. Bless you. :-)
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