Running the Battlefields

One thing I’ll never understand is how people choose to do cross country as their sport.  How do you decide I’m going to push myself to my limits so after how every many miles, I can’t feel my legs anymore?  But if you have chosen this sport, props to you.

Shenandoah University hosted a cross country race at the Kernstown Battlefields in town and had an open 2 mile race for whoever wanted to join.  Me being on lacrosse, I had to do this.  Bad decision going to school in the mountains, how do you make people run up a mile for the first mile of a race.  Then run up it again at the end!

The Shenandoah Valley is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been, and rich with history just makes it better.  But bad idea deciding to do a sport here.  Hills are incorporated into every workout and just into everyday life.  Walking up the hill to class, that’s a struggle.

Even though I wanted to cry the entire seventeen minutes I was running, it’s pretty amazing running on a piece of our history.  Virginia housed the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War.  And here I was running on a Civil War battlefield.  Even though the battles here were won by the Confederacy, these fields boast American history.

The run was tough, but the view at the top (might’ve) been worth it.  Big might’ve.  Maybe walking it would be better.

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