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32 Exhilarating Moments Every Runner Lives For

You didn't know we were racing, sir, but I just won.

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1. Getting the road all to yourself.

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Makes getting up at 5 a.m. totally worth it.

2. Just beating the flashing walk signal.

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AKA the orange hand of death.

3. Creating the perfect playlist.

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BPMs are your friend.

4. When your pump-up song comes on just when you need it most.

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YES BRITNEY, I WILL WORK.

5. Reaching the top of a hill you didn't realize was a hill.

6. The blessed downhill.

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You're flying!

7. Passing the person ahead of you on the path.

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You didn't know we were racing, sir, but I just won.

8. Finding earphones that stay in place.

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9. Conquering the elements.

Because nothing gets in the way of your runner's high.

10. That first stride when your shoes are officially broken in.

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Snug as a bug in a well-constructed running shoe.

11. Two words: Foam. Roller.

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The most painful massage you will never regret.

12. Joining a running group that shares your other interests.

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AKA beer.

13. Checking your time and seeing you went WAY faster than you thought.

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14. Checking the map and seeing you went WAY farther than you thought.

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15. Avoiding the deceptively deep puddle.

16. Finding the themed race that was made for you.

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The Krispy Kreme Challenge is pretty much the working title for your autobiography.

17. Successfully pinning on your race bib without stabbing yourself.

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But actually, who thought safety pins and running mix?

18. Carbs on carbs with a side of carbs.

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And some protein and healthy fats, I guess.

19. Finding a sale on leggings.

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Looking good and staying warm ain't cheap.

20. Experiencing the joys of compression wear.

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Pseudo-science or not, you feel better and that's what matters.

21. That view.

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22. Dressing perfectly for the weather.

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23. The odd thrill of having a runner-specific injury.

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Yeah your knee hurts, but you have ~*~runner's knee~*~.

24. And that first run after bouncing back from that injury.

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25. Finding a cross-training activity that isn't boring.

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So long, elliptical!

26. Beasting your speed workout.

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And feeling like a magnificent warrior cheetah.

27. Having a straight-up epiphany in the middle of your run.

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Nothing clears the mind like a good run.

28. Hearing your name screamed during a race.

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Is it your best friend, or a stranger reading your bib? Who cares, you're a rock star!

29. Creating your own trail mix or energy bar.

30. Getting your friends into running.

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Spread the endorphins!

31. Achieving that elusive PR.

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32. And setting a new one.

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