I live for the downhills in running, but it usually means there is first an uphill. You push, sweat, and slowly and steadily dig in on the way up the hill. Your muscles burn with fatigue as you press forward–you don’t dare stop. Then that moment at the peak of the hill you can feel the shift and gravity, momentum, and speed kick in and do all the work on the way down. You can feel your whole body tingle as it releases the tension that you didn’t realize you were carrying on the way up–it’s exhilarating!
Note to self: Lesson #17 – The struggle of the uphill climb is so worth the thrill of the downhill momentum.