Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hitting the Wall

Collin enjoying some cuddles from Dad.

Runners of mini marathons and marathons are well acquainted with the term "hitting the wall." It typically happens around the 10 mile mark in mini marathons (or the 20 mile marker in marathons). At that point, fatigue kicks in, challenging even the most dedicated runner to push forward and remain focused. Finish strong is a mantra that continues to run through my head during that grueling mile. I'll remind myself: Think about how little is left to run, and how far you've gone.

I was thinking about the concept of "hitting the wall" this morning. After eight weeks of summer, mommy fatigue has hit...big time. Sibling bickering and quarreling are on the rise. The "I'm bored" phrase has been tossed out with increased frequency. My elongated to-do list is expanding by the minute while seemingly collecting dust.

I've hit the wall.

This morning, as I wallowed in self-pity, I remembered only two weeks of summer remain (a mere 14 days). Would my current funk prevent me from finishing the summer strong?

That's when I began to hear that old familiar mantra: Finish strong. Think about how far you've come, and how little is left.

So, with my husband's assistance, I took a short pit stop this afternoon. I refueled
with a little me time (a chance to tackle that pesky to do list). Then, I mentally got back in the race, dedicated to finishing well.

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