It was seven and a half miles into my second leg of Ragnar. I had already run six miles that morning and the leg had been rated Very Hard. I thought it was because it was extra long but it was because it was also a lot of rolling hills. It was excruciating and I didn’t think I could go the distance. And then I crested a hill overlooking a beautiful valley and “our song” came on my iPod and I knew that Hubby was at the next exchange waiting to take the baton from me and cheering me on from there in spirit.
I’m not gonna lie – I cried like a baby for the next two miles.
Had it been another song would I still have cried? Perhaps eventually since that was the most painful two miles I’ve ever run, but since it was that particular song I didn’t wait. Anyone who things that running is only a physical sport has never done any endurance running. It is one part physical, four parts mental. And yes, there’s crying in running!