Transformative Thursdays: Pace Yourself


One of the things I learned when training for a marathon is the importance of pace. When running a race, you can choose the pace of your stride. The temptation is to start off fast and get to the lead, but that isn’t always wise. If you haven’t run before or are inexperienced, it’s best to start slow and stay consistent with a steady pace. As you train longer, you can increase your speed and have a faster pace. Eventually, you may even be one of the top finishers. 

Going after your goals is a process much like training for a race. If you exert too much energy too fast, you will get exhausted and will be very tempted to quit. On the other hand, you may be capable of going faster and putting in more effort than you currently are. Find your stride. 

Pace yourself but continue moving. Take small steps everyday and you’ll achieve your goals without burnout. 

~Coletta Jones Patterson

Coletta is an author, speaker and life coach who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. Her latest book, “Every Day Forward: 365 Inspirational Reflections” is available at:

Check out Coletta’s weekly Beyond Stuck podcast for tips and inspiration to get unstuck. 

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