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17 Works Of Art That Are Totally You In A Charity Race

If your preferred method of charity is huffing, panting, and sweating, your next chance to do good is the Wings For Life World Run on May 7.

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1. When you're feeling pretty proud of yourself for signing up to do a charity run:

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2. When you'll tell anyone that will listen about your upcoming race:

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3. When you read the fine print on the registration and realize for the first time just how long the race is:

Henri Merke / Via metmuseum.org

4. When you realize how much training will be needed to run the race properly:

Tōshūsai Sharaku / Via metmuseum.org

5. When you've been drinking nothing but protein veggie smoothies all week to prepare:

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6. When you're trying to stretch before the race, but you're not sure if you're doing it right:

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7. You, at the very beginning of the race:

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8. Also you, 10 minutes later:

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9. When you think there's a rock in your shoe, but you take it off and find nothing:

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10. When you're so thirsty that your tongue feels like this:

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11. When you try to squirt water in your mouth while running and hit your eye instead:

Balthasar Permoser / Via metmuseum.org

12. When you crest a particularly exhausting hill, round the bend, and find another hill:

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13. When you trip over nothing in particular and now you're going down:

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14. When you're tired and aching, and it dawns on you that this was totally optional and no one made you do it...

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15. ...and then that moment of doubt has passed because you did it! You finished!

16. You, immediately after the race is over:

Wenceslaus Hollar / Via metmuseum.org

17. When you're all done and you're feeling pretty proud of yourself for being part of a good thing:

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It's totally exhausting, but it's also totally fulfilling. On May 7, run for those who can't. Take part in the Wings For Life World Run and help fund life-changing spinal cord research.

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