Are you a Race horse or a Work horse?
While mowing the yard (with a self propelled push mower) today, I got to thinking how I felt – grin.
Last week I think it took me about two hours to mow the back yard. When I mentioned this to my husband he was surprised. I told him that was as fast as the mower was going, without me having to actually “push” it. Today, I was mowing again, and after about an hour, I started to get tired. I felt like I was “plodding along” like a work horse. Well, I happened to notice that I was leaning down on the handle, so made a conscious decision to let off the handle, while still holding the top of it down to engage the mower & the bottom of it up to engage the propulsion. Anyway, by not resting my weight on the handle, the front wheels made better contact w/ the ground and the mower moved a nice bit faster. Now we’re talking!
So now I am mowing with my hands below the handle (still squeezing both levers), pushing UP a bit and I’m moving at a pretty good clip. I thought, “Wow, I feel like a race horse! If I feel like a race horse now, I must have felt like a plow horse before.” Grin. After a few minutes of new found energy, my arms started to get tired from lifting up on the handle while directing the mower at a quick pace. “Ok, now I feel like a race horse carrying dumbbells.” So I relaxed a bit and didn’t lift up quite so much on the handle. This worked for a bit. With about two more strips of grass yet to mow, I felt like I should be put out to pasture or sent to the glue factory. I was whooped.
This got me to thinking if it would be better to start like a work horse and finish like a race horse or start like a race horse and finish like a work horse. I really didn’t come to a conclusion on this. I know that horses who start out sprinting really struggle to finish a longer race, as sprinting is for short distances. However, if a horse just plods a long, they mostly likely won’t finish “in the money.”
I suppose the answer is different for each person (or horse). You have to know yourself, know your strengths and weaknesses, and pace yourself accordingly. This can go not only for races or mowing the lawn, but in life as well. If we live a wild and crazy life, we may burn out early and not be able to enjoy our “golden years.” On the flip side, if we live a sedentary life, this could have adverse reactions on our health and we still may not be able to enjoy our golden years. I don’t know about you, but I want to enjoy my life for a long time.
Know your physical strengths and weaknesses and pace yourself so that you will be around to play with your great grandchildren.
As for me? I think I’m gonna have Jim mow the lawn next time – HAHA. No, I’m kidding. I think I will try starting the lawn like a race horse and finishing like a work horse. We’ll see how that goes.
It’s the weekend – saddle up!