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    17 Reasons Running The Mile In Gym Class Was The Worst

    I'll (wheeze) be right (wheeze) there.

    1. Every school year it was inevitable: You had to run the mile in gym class.

    2. You’d try to finagle your way out through any means necessary.


    You weren't above a fake meat-thermometer fever, and if you're a lady, you may have even tried pulling a menses card.

    3. But no one bought what you were selling.

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    It was time.

    4. It started out OK, and you felt like maybe this was the year you’d broach a single-digit run.

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    Suck it, crippling failure!

    5. But after a minute, everything was the worst.

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    "What doesn't kill you makes your day inevitably worse." -Shakespeare, probably

    6. If you were out in a field, you were told not to cut corners.


    But you did anyway to stay alive.

    7. There was always that asshole who ran it in six minutes and liked it.

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    (Sorry, people we secretly admire).

    8. The President’s Challenge added even more pressure to not be on the bottom rung of percentiles.

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    You can add the President’s disappointment to your own.

    9. And if it was brisk outside, your nose ran it along with you.

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    And betrayed you in such trying times. Some people even get a stuffy nose every single time they run, which as this study points out is common.

    10. You'd have to run around the kids who were too cool to run.

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    Thanks for making the mile even longer.

    11. After what felt like an eternity, you'd flop across the finish line.

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    It's what we non-runners like to call "triumph."

    12. But then it was all over.


    This looks like a good spot to sleep forever.

    13. If you had classes after, you were all sweaty.

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    And hoped no one would notice your stink lines.

    14. Until that fateful day came when you no longer had to take gym class.

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    We can all agree you shouldn't have to run unless you're being chased.

    15. Now any running you do is voluntary.

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    And feels more rewarding because you do it for you or "health," not Coach McMakeYouRunnerson.

    16. And you get to pick the trail.

    17. Even if it's not a scenic one.

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    And no one can make you run if you don't want to. Because adulthood.

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