For the last three days, I have conquered many hills – both mental and physical.
Today, as I was running up the hills on my route, I thought about how much hill running is like the mental struggle I have been trudging through the last few days.
Sometimes you slog on, uphill, battling to the top it’s difficult to take another step, but you keep going, because you can’t turn back – the only direction is forward. Your feet are heavy, your heart working hard. You want to quit. But you don’t.
Sometimes the hills are small, just bumps in the road, really. Sometimes, they are long and rolling, and other times they are large and steep. Step after step you continue forward up and over them.
Sometimes you create your own challenges – choose your own hills, place them in your path of your own volition. Occasionally the challenge is fun, and the success of cresting them even more enjoyable.
The benefit of hills is that they make you stronger. Each time you struggle up one, gasping for air, your legs grow stronger, your lungs grow stronger, your heart grows stronger.
Of course, there is the flip side as well. As soon as you do crest that hill, once you’ve struggled your way to the top, it’s a smooth easy ride. You still have to carry yourself forward, but you are no longer struggling against gravity. Instead, it is working with you, pushing you along. You can breathe easy as you make your way down the path.
Of course, there are always more hills. Up and down we trot through this journey. Occasionally things remain level – flat. Neither up nor down – hard nor easy – good nor bad.
I’m grateful that I feel as though I have come to the top of the latest hill. I hope that it’s not just more uphill on this other side. Sometimes you can see down the hill, and sometimes it’s just more uphill.
But I will continue to run forward, no matter if the hill continues up, or there turns out to be a downhill.
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This is day 30 of the 30 day writing challenge. I’ve come a long way from the beginning. Will I still update every single day? Probably not. But, I have enjoyed this journey. It was a struggle to come up with content sometimes, and I don’t think that everything written these past 30 days has been a gem.
But fear not. I’m not giving up. I will continue to update at least two to three times per week. I’ve come up with a few ideas these last 30 days that I hope to put in to action.
Aside from just race updates and general writing, I hope to add a bit more.
We’ll see what the future brings!