[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
December 17, 1982

The 'Runner's Calm—!'

JAMA. 1982;248(23):3094. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330230016009

To the Editor.—  Ever since my father encouraged me to run, with the advice "when you run for over 20 minutes, you'll get your second wind," I've been chasing this elusive phenomenon. I'm equally certain that had I asked, "You mean I'll get high?" he would have thought me a touch daft.Otto Appenzeller1 thinks we get "high" off of our endorphins and attempts to attribute an "up" mood change to running. The word high for runners is of recent origin. Old-time runners did not become familiar with this term until after the word became popular in the early 1960s in reference to street drugs. With the advent of the running craze in the 1970s, the word became a counterculture spinoff to extol the virtues of this rediscovery, running. A selling point perhaps!The drug cult may talk about their high, yet the recipient of an opiate or a