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Forget the end, and just keep going

Bookmarked Opinion: COVID-19 is like running a marathon with no finish line. What does sports science say about how we can win it? by Alex Hutchinson (The Globe and Mail)

In any feat of endurance, humans want to see the goal – and in the pandemic, we’re not there yet, despite the breakthroughs in vaccine research. Staying in the moment might be better for us than fantasizing about a future just beyond reach

It turns out that, if you ask yourself “Can I keep going?” rather than “Can I make it to the finish?” you’re far more likely to answer in the affirmative.

Alex Hutchinson

“The next loop, always the next loop,” French runner Guillaume Calmettes told The Guardian after notching 59 laps in 59 hours to win a similar (but non-virtual) event in 2017. “You’re never overwhelmed by what you have left to run, because you simply don’t know what you have left to run.”

Via Austin Kleon.

Makes me think of Dory’s “just keep swimming,” which I turned into a “just keep spinning” mantra for biking up hills.

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By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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