by Hilary Weeks
June 18th, 2012
It’s about a half mile from our house and it is as bad as it sounds. Not because there are criminals lurking in the bushes, but because it is a SUPER STEEP CLIMB. My treadmill has a max incline of 12% and if I had to guess the incline of Killer Hill…it would be at least 82.567%. I swear it feels like you are running at a 90 degree angle.
The short but arduous, lung-burning climb is fresh in my memory; I faced it last Saturday. About a mile before approaching the hill, a car passed me. It looked like one of my girl friend’s cars. As it passed I thought, “If that was Emily, and she pulled over to see if I wanted a ride so I didn’t have to run up Killer Hill, I would gladly, willingly, gratefully accept.”
That thought was immediately squelched by this one…
“If you can’t do the hard, then you don’t deserve the easy.”
I arrived at the base of the hill. I stopped, and waited until I could breathe so my lungs would be ready. I even said a prayer that my body and mind would be strong. I rarely make it to the top without stopping, hunched over, grabbing my knees, gasping for high-altitude air.
Today, I wanted to conquer the hill.
I wanted to run to the top. No walking.
I thought about a goal that I’ve been hoping to achieve. I told myself that if I made it to the top without stopping or walking, it would symbolically represent me achieving the goal.
I began. Maybe I shouldn’t have, but I kept my head down. I didn’t want to see how far I had to go, I just wanted to see each step I took to get there. I thought of my desired goal. The hope and vision of achieving it carried me to the top.
I felt victorious…and nigh unto death.
Killer Hill Takeaways…
1. If I am not willing to push to the top of a painful hill, then I don’t deserve the flat ground. I appreciate the 0% incline much, much more after experiencing the effort of the steep climb. (That is an analogy for life…)
2. I can do hard things. (And so can you.)
3. Prayer works.
4. When you are approaching something HARD – get your mind right. Stop. Pause. Focus. Tell yourself you can do it. And then go.
5. When you are focused on your dreams, it makes the effort worth it.