"What do we do on the hills, Asa??! We go FASTER!"
This is what I repeatedly say to Asa when we encounter a hill when running together.
I don't profess to be a world-class runner by any means. But I do, however, pass people on the hills.
There are a few things that make this happen:
Firstly, it’s the only time that I fix my gaze downward. I watch my feet move, thinking about how every step is bringing me to the crest of the hill. Where there is an uphill, there is always a downhill. Looking up to the top of the hill can be discouraging, causing me to focus on the task at hand. I’d prefer to focus on every step I take chipping away at the task.
Secondly, I like the burn that I feel in my legs. I think about how the burn is working my quads, calves, glutes, and hamstrings…how the burn can make my squat, my deadlift, and my clean better; and of course, how much better it will make my booty look in a bathing suit J
Lastly, I know that I can make up ground on the hills. Suddenly, people who were ahead of me on flat surfaces, trail behind.
What about when we encounter “hills” in our lives?
This is when it is time to put your head down and hustle. Don’t focus on the hill; focus on the work you are doing. Praise yourself for every stride you’re making.
Enjoy the burn. Think of how it is making you stronger. Sure, unicorns and rainbows are awesome, but life is comprised of obstacles and challenges. Each one can be used to enrich your being, to cultivate you into a complex problem-solver, who rises to challenges instead of waving the red flag of defeat.
Remember: you can make up ground on the hills. So closely related to my second point, becoming stronger will put you ahead of others. Conquering one task can give you the skills needed to master another. Perhaps navigating through a rocky marriage makes you a better parent or co-worker.
So, what will you do on the hills? I say go faster. But, whatever you do, never, ever, stop. Just keep moving those feet...