The race is long, and in the end, you’re only racing against yourself.
Sprinting is easy. Anyone can go for as hard or as fast as they can until they can’t go anymore. Sprinting requires a short time of discomfort followed by a quick and easy recovery. A spring isn’t a true measure of success, it’s simply a test of pain threshold.
But distance requires patience, stamina, discipline and focus. Most importantly, it requires a capacity to control your emotions.
It requires doing things that you don’t want to do at times when you really don’t want to do them. But over time, a good pace will get you on the leader board.
I hope that you turn a blind eye to the sprinters. I hope you don’t spend time comparing yourself to the one hit wonders and the overnight success stories. I hope you gravitate towards the journey. I hope you pursue a life that is so full and so arduous, you must pace yourself in order to fit it all into one lifetime.