#6 My Amazing Friends also known as MAFSS guest M. Risser

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Run the Hill by guest blogger Michele Risser

Run the hill is a phrase I use when things get hard. Run the hill is focus. Run the hill is determination. Run the hill is tenacity, strength and endurance. Running the hill is the thing you have to do to become a better runner.

On a long stretch of highway you can see the hill, ahead in the distance waiting for your arrival. There are certain things you must do as you approach it. You must unclench your fists and relax your shoulders. You must straighten your back and expand your chest. You must raise your head. Most importantly, you must turn up your music.

Stay focused.

As you begin the ascent, you must find a point just ahead of you to become your mini goal. It may be a crack in the road, a sign or a post, a tree or a flower. All you aim for is that next little goal. It is very important not to look, glance at, or focus on the top of the hill, it is overwhelming.

You must stay focused on your mini goal until you pass it and then hone in on the next crack, tree, post or flower until again you must select a new one.

As your music keeps your pace, as your eyes look forward, as your chest expands to receive oxygen and your head is held up to supply that oxygen, you begin to realize you are running the hill. Little by little, breath by breath, one leg and then the other stepping up, up, up. You are running the hill.

Jumping over obstacles.

Those things in life which are the hardest to do are the things we must do. They make us stronger, more patient, compassionate, they improve us.

They give us the experiences in life which require focus, determination, tenacity and perseverance.

Doing hard things helps us to grow. At times those hard things may seem overwhelming and so you set a mini-goal.

Perhaps solving one problem at a time, improving a fault little by little, mending a relationship, gaining knowledge, overcoming pain, hurt, anger, depression or addiction. One hour at a time, one day at a time, one lesson at a time, one achievement at a time.


When you reach the crest of a hill and you know within a minute you are will be at the top, you must push with that one last burst of energy that is hidden deep inside of you, but is always there.

For a brief second, just an instant, you are able to see the view from the top of the hill. The view is glorious, spectacular, breath taking and not because of what you may see, but because of what you feel ~ your moment of triumph.

You will feel your strength, your determination, tenacity and endurance, all of the those characteristics that helped get you to the top of the hill.

You can do it. I believe in you.

Then, you begin to run, down, down. No longer is a mini goal needed. Your breath begins to relax, no need to concentrate on the song to keep pace.

For a moment you have a repose, a rest from the intensity of pushing yourself, from doing something physically and mentally challenging.

Even though you know that there will always be another hill, you immerse yourself in the glory of running without effort. You feel light, you are floating, you are free from the burden of climbing the hill and all you can do is look in wonder and gratitude at what is around you.

You feel like you can fly.

Becoming a stronger you.

We cannot avoid running the hill, we must run it when it is there before us. We must not be discouraged if it not our best run, or our strongest, or fastest or our most successful. Running the hill will be different every time, because all hills are different. The constant lies in us and the tools we use from experience, to make the run bearable, to finish. Remember that each time you run the hill, you become a stronger you.

Run the hill, run the hill, run the hill. It is what I repeat over and over in my mind as I make the climb, both in running and in life.

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14 thoughts on “#6 My Amazing Friends also known as MAFSS guest M. Risser

  1. I always liked hill climbing, both running and cycling. And hiking for that matter.

    I don’t like going downhill at all! Hurts my knees.

    This seems to be a regular theme with me: always moving uphill. I’ve been told I sail against the wind, too.

    Time to make that a strength.

  2. Dear Dave,
    Running the hill is…inner strength and it’s something all of need to develop, whether literally running up a hill or just living life.
    We need to keep focused on making it to the top, overcoming a trial in life, or while working to accomplish a goal.
    I think the “hill” whatever it maybe in your life, is sometimes to big to look at all at once, so we have to do those little things in between that keep us going upward.
    Just like in running, once you’ve made it to the top and run down you are energized by your accomplishment. Mainly though, you’ve gained knowledge, through experience, that you have the capability to do it, thus making you a stronger individual where it counts…on the inside.
    Life, like running, is filled with hills. How we attempt to climb them is all up to us.
    Thanks for the comments. I really, really appreciate it.
    Michele Risser
    p.s. HI JULIE!

  3. Hi Julie – just wanted to say thanks for your comment yesterday and I LOVED the onion article – expressed the sentiment exactly. Louise x

  4. Great piece, Michelle. Thanks for having her over, Julie. I run so love life running analogies.

  5. This really is a great piece because it speaks to what I wrote yesterday about doing something just 1% better than you did it before. That makes a big difference.

    As I wrote about, I am someone who loves to jump into the middle, act like I’ve been doing it for years and then get overwhelmed and run for cover. By understanding the benefit of starting at the beginning AND taking smaller steps, I’ve come to a place where I’m making progress and not feeling overwhelmed.

    Great post from Michelle and thanks Julie for putting it up here!


  6. Nicki,
    Thanks for the comment! I love Julie, don’y you love Julie?
    I have use running analogies so many times, both when I write and when I’m asked to speak in public. I love ’em too.

    It’s a strange thing, when you are out there on a run alone, with your own thoughts, step after step, same town, same route, same distances, you start delving inwards.
    I have thought more, written more, discovered more in my own mind while running, than in any other setting.

    Michele Risser

    1. Michele – You are so right. I go so far inward when on the road running. Just yesterday I was out of town for the weekend and ended up not paying enough attention and got a bit lost but the thought process was wonderful.

  7. Dear Lisa,
    I share your enthusiasm regarding jumping in the middle of something new to “get going.” To me, that’s a statement of “I think I can do anything.” I truly believe that of myself and I hope other’s believe they are capable of anything, also. I’m not saying I can do everything well, perfectly or better than anyone else, but as I say to my kids, “if a monkey can do it, so can you.”

    I began running at 36, 3 months after the birth of my 5th child, my oldest was 6. The first time I ran, I ran half a mile down hill and had to walk back home. I ran my first marathon at 39. This year marks my 10th year of running and I begin training for an October marathon tomorrow.

    It is all; thinking about it, trying it, sticking with it, getting better at it, enduring through the hard parts, watching your progress and finding victory in it. Always, remembering it’s your own idea of victory and no one else’s.

    Thanks for the nice comment.
    Michele Risser

  8. Loved the post….a great way to look at anything in life. One step at a time makes the seemingly impossible possible.

  9. Habiba,

    I know exactly what you mean. In fact this is one of my favorite articles in here and I often repost it. The words Michele wrote about just looking for the one goal infront of you stayed with me. As I write as I walk as I go for a bike ride I try to concentrate on the one thing in front of me.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It’s nice to have you here.

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