So, yesterday I went for a 10k. I've noticed this before, but they are more apparent with longer runs than with shorter. At some point in my running, it's as if my brains shuts down for a while, my focus isn't on anything at all, I reach a state where I suddenly get reminded that I'm outside running yet my mind wanders somewhere else. My body is on autopilot, and I am of course conscious, but I'm not really "there". Sort of a meditative state. It's a wild moment.
Is this what they call runner's high? I asked my colleague at work and he thought so but he hadn't experienced it himself so he couldn't say for sure.
I have to be careful with my running, I don't want to end up chasing the dragon here.
My GF says that running is a form of meditation in itself. Not sure how, exactly.
Do you listen to music when you run?