If you’re getting sore and tired while running, don’t worry! Just wait for your endorphins to kick in. An endorphin is a hormone that your body produces to ease pain and make you feel calm and happy.
Endorphins are sometimes called "natural pain killers," since that's the way they act in the body. Things like stress and exercise can stimulate the release of endorphins. A “runner’s high” happens when a runner gets a rush of endorphins. Your nervous system and pituitary gland send endorphins to your brain, where they bind to special receptors. It's similar to what happens when you take a painkilling medication. In fact, the word endorphin is a blend of “endogenous” (meaning "inside the body") and “morphine" (a medication that relieves pain).