In every half marathon I have run there comes a moment of mental and physical reflection as I approach the final miles of the race. It is when I can sense that the finish line is approaching, and I start to assess what I am capable of in the last, often most difficult, miles of the race.
It’s when I slow my pace to get a sense of where I am on the course, to think through an approach for the final push, and most importantly, to allow those few moments of rest to give me the mental and physical strength to cross that finish line.
This Thanksgiving week, you should do the same.
We have been running an especially long and difficult race for the last 9 months or so, and some of the hardest work is still in front of us. This week take stock of how far we have come and all that we have endured thus far. Give thanks to the people who matter most to you. And perhaps most importantly, make time for physical and mental renewal.
Even with the promise of vaccines and advances in therapeutics, the worst of the pandemic is still in front of us. We will need to be at our best to protect ourselves, to care for one another, and to save the lives and livelihoods of tens of thousands of Americans.
You might be able to sense the finish line, much as I can. It is out there somewhere, and perhaps for the first time, we can conceptualize the beginning of an end to all of this. But we are not there yet. Now is the time to get a sense of where we are, to think through our approach for the final push, and to allow for a few days to give us the mental and physical strength to see us through to the end of this thing.
Slow your pace this week.
Your body and your mind will reward you for it.