Running a long distance can do weird things to your mind. It usually starts off alright. Full of anticipation, adrenaline, and energy, a runner at the beginning of a long run quickly settles into a groove. The body moves seamlessly and simultaneously with the beat of the music. Those who instead opt to listen to podcasts or audiobooks allow their minds to find traction in somebody’s story.
As the steps add up and there are still countless more in front of the runner, it can be hard not to feel a bit of trepidation. No matter how many times the runner has completed the run, the thought appears: Woof.