I shared recently about a challenging hill I am running up and down to exercise because I can (see Not Today blog). Well, the temperatures continue to rise here in Phoenix and that hill feels steeper every day but I press on. The crazy thing is that I am not out there alone. Other people are taking on the same quest.
One gentleman is in his mid-60s and although he is walking the hill not running, he is getting a phenomenal work out. As he said, “What am I trying to prove? Nothing! I’m here for my health.” He presses on!
One lady has to be in her 70s and uses the time to get some sun. She’s dressed like she is going to the beach, but she isn’t laying around. No, she is pressing on, walking up and down that daggum hill in the heat.
Another gal made me laugh out loud. We’ve been seeing each other on a regular basis out on the hill, but we are always so hot and tired we don’t speak. She runs faster down the hill, but I keep a better pace going up. Today as we passed each other on the incline (she was going up, and I was going down), she sported a t-shirt that read “Everything hurts and I am dying!” Too funny and closer to the truth that I care to admit. Alas, she presses on to conquer that hill.
If life were flat, we could run through quickly, building up our speed. Life is a journey, though, and this road involves hills (obstacles we must overcome) that we must climb. Without the training, we will not make it to the top. Training in cooler temperatures is much easier than in 90+ degrees. This is why I decided to start training in the summer: if I can run that hill when I’m not, just think what I can do when it’s cooler out? I’m improving my conditioning and strength.
Are you taking on some hills? They can be brutal, steep, and long, but we gain the most physically, mentally, emotionally, and professionally when we tackle them. So when you are on your ascent up, take a quick break if you must but do not quit. Get a sip of water, but PRESS ON!