There were a lot of things no one told me about when I started running. For example, no one told me that I'd stockpile a bunch of items that I'd use to fend off or deal with the not-so-pleasant effects of running long distances.
Last weekend, as I packed up my bag for the team's long run, I took note of a few items: Body Glide, Band-Aids, GU, The Stick.
Non-runners probably don't even know what those items are or at least what they'd be used for in a running context. My runner-friends are probably smiling -- maybe cringing a bit if they can relate.
I guess it's all part of the deal we make with ourselves -- even unknowingly -- when we commit to push our bodies to places we'd never think they'd go.
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