This is the time in the race when you get tired and your head is telling your body you’re not going to finish. This is the point where most hit the wall and stop running and begin walking or worse, quit completely. The one thing I know about the last 1-2 miles of a long race is that this is where you turn off your mind and let the training you’ve done for this event kick in!
I’ve been on a high getting my etsy shop up and my blog posts consistent. I’ve been creating about 6 new pieces a week and I’ve also honed in some new skills to get a better finished product. Creating a new jewelry piece is similar to a run. Your mind is always working, analyzing and taking notes. What are you doing, how are you doing, it it working? In essence, I’ve been practicing a lot rhe last few weeks.
If you’ve ever done anything long enough to become good at it, you know that practice makes perfect. You also know that it is the most important part of being prepared when the time comes to perform. Easier said than done of course. The truth is training and practicing are boring. No one is watching and cheering you on. No one knows how long you’ve been doing it, or how much longer you have left. No medals, trophies or ribbons are awarded at the end of a practice session. Sayings such as “No pain, no gain” or “No one ever drowned in their own sweat.” become mantras. Honestly, my personal mantra is, “I am iron” or “I am steel” (It depends whether it’s a street run or trail run and how gritty and grimy I’m feeling.) Hey whatever works!
Now I find myself a little perplexed as to what to do next. My work ethic has always been strong and I don’t mind hard work and getting dirty. I know in my heart I’m doing what I’m supposed to be and the inspiration and the motivation to create are at a all time high. It’s hard to keeping going forward when you don’t see the rewards of your effort.
The tired feeling is looming and my head is trying to take over. The first of the walls is rising. I don’t want to start walking and I definitely don’t want to quit. Practice and training are in check and my body will do what it knows how to do. I will sprint to the finish and rock this new endeavor!