Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon in under 2 hours. Specifically, 1 hr 59 min 40 sec. that is 4 min 57 sec per mile for 26.2 straight miles. A feet that people said could never be accomplished. In my opinion that is basically a sprint. For this blog post let's assume normalcy.
The difference between a Marathon and a Sprint.
A sprint is everything that you have, all you can muster and as fast as you can possibly go for a short period of time.
A marathon is a sustained pace over an extremely long period of time, you save up your energy, you refill your tank during and push yourself to keep going.
Here is what I learned about the marathon and it works perfectly for what we are dealing with today.
In a marathon…
...if you come out of the block to fast you will struggle to finish.
...you need to continue to fuel yourself during the race so you have the energy to keep going.
...you want to plan your race before you run it and stick to the plan
...you cannot entertain the thought of quitting.
...you need to fight your mind just as much as your body.
...you focus on putting one foot in front of the other.
We can translate all of these things to what we are dealing with today. This is a marathon, not a sprint. What are you doing to refuel your mind and body? How are you building your daily habits to combat what happens when you don’t have a plan? Are you winning the little battle? Do you have something that you do that can refresh your mind and body?
We don’t have all the answers to where the finish line is so we need to be diligent to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Running a marathon was something that has taught me a ton about who I am. The struggle you face helps you to become stronger. I use the lessons from the marathon every day.
You can do it! Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Build your habits and follow through with them every day. Win the little battles and you will be that much closer to winning the war.