The little extra steps.Published: 2020-09-03 11:15
Idrefjäll , august 2020. The marathon has been cancelled but it’s out of question to stay in the cabin without trying the track, even all by myself. Sure, the conditions will not be the same as for a race event, sur there will not be the public cheering up the runners, communicating their energy to give the courage to finish the 45 km. For this one, it will be me, myself and I. And it’s with those parameters that having a strong psyche will have a key role.
My feet are already wet after the 5 first kilometers. I don’t like the feeling, I never liked it, but I’m getting more and more used to it. As for any project, beginning can be difficult, uncomfortable, unusual. But the more you practice, and the more confident and flexible you feel. I regularly cross the path of reindeers, which are more or less behaving like usual sheep or cow cattle. With a couple of birds, they will be the only other living creatures I’ll see during this 7 hours trip.
I didn’t expect this run to be so long. But I’m not so well trained for the mountain anymore. And sometimes, achieving a project takes more time than forecasted, especially where you didn’t check everything that could wait for you on the way. Speaking of unexpected, after the magnificent path that led me to the roots of Städjan, here I am, km 34, struggling in the swamps. This couple of kilometers seem so long. Each step is a victory against the landscape, which is currently my most beautiful enemy. Each time I lift a foot, the other go deeper in the moss and the water, like the environment would be trying to eat me.
Time to set milestones. In a long project like in a race, it helps to maintain a cold head, to make the way safer. Only two slopes to climb. Here are the targets. On the way to the first one, refreshing blueberries give me a shot of energy. ”The road is straight but the slope is steep” as said a French Prime Minister decades ago. Here we are. Only one last mountain to climb, and 7km left. The original race path is avoiding the summit of Idrefjäll. It goes 50 meters under the summit line. Despite the fact that I’m literally out of energy, I can’t help it: I have to got to the top, I must do those little extra steps that will give me the view on the whole track. It’s the cherry on the cake, it’s the little extra effort you can make in your workday life to get more satisfaction and make everybody’s work more pleasant: bring a coffee to your close colleague, make this extra call to the customer, send this extra mail to the supplier that will give a delivery date to your colleague in the warehouse. For sure, the little extra step has always a positive consequence!