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  • $11 for Saturday, April 4th, 2015: 5k Run for One Person ($22.50 value)
  • $20 for Saturday, April 4th, 2015: 5k Run for Two People ($45 value)
  • $35 for Saturday, April 4th, 2015: 5k Run for Four People ($90 value)

The Love of Christ Missions 5k takes place at Sutton Park at 9 a.m.

The Runner’s High: A Dose of Happiness, One 5K at a Time 

Once dismissed as myth, the euphoria some experience after a run or an intense workout is rooted in our brain chemistry—read on to learn more.

The runner’s high is that elusive burst of euphoria that can transform a grueling marathon into a walk through the clouds. Many athletes claim to feel it every time they exercise, whereas others insist it’s only a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Since the 1970s, conventional wisdom has held that the feeling is the result of a rush of neurochemicals called endorphins. Since endorphins attach themselves to receptors in the brain associated with pain relief, runners felt a high similar to that of morphine, only without a nurse having to keep up while wheeling an IV cart close behind.

For years, though, scientists doubted endorphins’ role. The chemicals may have shown up in a runner’s blood after exercise, but the molecules were too large to pass through the barrier between the cardiovascular system and the brain, making any effect on pain receptors unlikely. In 2008, however, German researchers used newly developed chemicals to detect the presence of endorphins in the brain with a PET scan—trumping the previous method of an invasive spinal tap. Comparing brain images taken before and after a two-hour run, the Germans showed not only that endorphins were present, but that they attached themselves to parts of the brain associated with emotions. The runner’s high wasn’t a shot of morphine—it was literally a love of running.

Still, more recent studies have altered even that theory. It now seems likely that the high results from a cocktail of multiple neurochemicals, each of which moves along its own neural pathway. One possible culprit is anandamide, part of a class of chemicals called endocannabinoids. A 2012 study found that anandamide showed up in the bloodstream of both humans and dogs after exercise, suggesting it may have played an evolutionary role in developing humans’ distance-running and frisbee-chewing abilities.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Apr 4, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Must reserve by 2015-04-04. Registration required. Limit 10 per person, may buy 20 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Saturday, April 4th, 2015. Race starts at 9:00 am EST. Race Day registration and packet pick-up begins at 8:00 am. Parking available at Sutton Park 6th St W, Palmetto, FL. Early Packet Pick-up and registration, 5:30-8:00 PM, Thursday April 2nd and Friday April 3rd at Sports Authority 201 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34207. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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