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One runner learns that a hill in a race represents much more than the climb:

One runner learns that a hill in a race represents much more than the climb:

race for the first time. I live in nearby Raleigh, North Carolina and loved running through scenic Chapel Hill. The race also includes the famous (infamous?) Laurel Hill Road, which happens between miles 8-9 of the race. For approximately one mile, runners climb just over 200 feet. The incline is so great that there is a separate split included in the final results. I had promised myself last year that I would run the entire Laurel Hill Road portion of the race, no matter what (barring my knees exploding, of course). I passed some runners who had slowed to a painful walk, some who were standing by the side of the road, hands on hips, and one runner who was doubled over and vomiting. While my heart went out to that last runner in particular, I kept going. Towards the peak of the incline—the most unbearable point when your legs and lungs feel like they just can’t make it ano...

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