Marathon runners talk about experiencing “the wall.”
It’s a feeling that they get when they get to a certain distance and don’t feel as though they can continue.
The legs feel heavy, the mind starts to wander, strides shorten and an overwhelming feeling of self-doubt starts to take over.
More than 50% of marathon runners will hit the wall at some stage. At that point, they each have a choice.
Stop or keep going.
Listen to the body screaming to give up or push through to the end.
Take advantage of the legitimate excuse to end or roll one leg after another until the race is completed.
If they stop, everyone will understand.
The symptoms will be explained to everyone within earshot and no-one will blame them for giving up.
“There’s always next time.” They’ll say.
But for those who resist the pain and find a way to push through the wall, after a while they feel better.
Their energy is renewed, there’s a new spring in their step and they now know that they can finish.
The excuse to finish was offered and rejected.
And the wall has lost its power.
Anything worth doing is hard.