Hitting the wall


Have you ever heard the term, 'Hitting the wall'? If you've ever done sports, especially running, you know what this term means.

If you haven't, then let me explain.

In my younger days I ran 10K races and relay marathons. When training for these events, I had to eat a healthy diet, train by running at least 25 miles a week, and get enough rest to ensure my mind and body were ready for the endurance I was going to put it through.

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As if that weren't enough, I was working a full-time job and carrying on the typical responsibilities of a grown adult.

Do you know what happens to your body when you run long distances? It basically operates like a car.

The fuel that's been stored in your body through the food you've eaten is burned at a very rapid rate. That's why most athletes stay away from heavy meals before an event. They usually focus on small amounts of protein and heavier amounts of carbohydrates. When running, carbs are your friend.

At some point during an endurance race or journey as I like to call it, your body does this strange thing. Or maybe it isn't so strange. Like a car that's gotten low on fuel, it begins to consume the fumes left.

In other words, instead of burning the highly concentrated fuel that you had, it now has to consume whatever is left. That's pretty much the protein left which is muscle. This is called: 'Hitting the wall'.

It's very unpleasant.

The same thing happens with creativity or the creative process. We can be humming right along and suddenly or not so suddenly hit the proverbial wall. That's happened to me recently.

How do we get past this wall? Well, similar to running races, we have a couple of choices.