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What does "Go along the ground" mean? I couldn't find any source explaining it.

Context:

I got to the top FIRST. I've never ever won a proper race before. I'm hopeless going along the ground. I nearly always come last. But I can fly upwards like a rocket. I spread my arms when I was all alone at the top.

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  • Tahnk you for the beautiful edit.
    – Zui Zui
    Jul 30, 2018 at 7:25
  • It sounds as though the speaker has been the first to reach the top of a mountain even though he/she is not a fast runner on flat ground. Jul 30, 2018 at 7:49
  • Exactly! But how does "Along the ground" mean "flat ground"..?
    – Zui Zui
    Jul 30, 2018 at 7:55
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    It's literal. It means exactly what it says. There's no idiomatic sense in the phrase.
    – Kris
    Jul 30, 2018 at 8:01
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    @DuyDuy , would you kindly provide us with additional context, please? A short description of the book, the character, or some paragraphs preceding the one you provided would be more than sufficient.
    – VTH
    Jul 30, 2018 at 8:22

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The speaker in the story is slower than the others when it comes to running on the ground but is faster than the others at climbing up.

Going along the ground is just a way of expressing the speaker's (slower) movement on a mostly horizontal (flat) surface that needs to be run along. This is in comparison to the speaker's (faster) movement on a mostly vertical surface that can be climbed.

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    This interpretation is correct. According to the source provided by OP, the character in question is climbing up an old castle.
    – VTH
    Jul 30, 2018 at 8:56

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