Let’s say you step out of your home for a two-mile run. It goes well at first, especially once you find a rhythm and shake out all the kinks and stiffness in your legs. You hit the mile mark and turn around to head home. About 1.5 miles into the run, it begins to hit you. Running isn’t easy, but it’s often around this point that the thoughts begin to creep in — just walk for a bit. It’s hot, and you’re not in as good shape as you could be. Taking a second break can’t hurt, you’ll push harder another time. No need to really push.
This is the three-quarter hurtle, and it applies to a two-mile run just as it applies to a five mile one. Your mind adjusts and prepares itself for most of the run — but even in a single mile, mental preparedness might not take you all the way there. The three-quarter hurtle is the point at which your mind is tired of fighting the battle at hand, but the end isn’t quite in sight.
It’s certainly not confined to running. It applies to any stretch of conflict that requires discipline, strength (physical or otherwise) and endurance. It could be a stretch of writing a book, painting a mural, raising a puppy, pushing out a set of dips, or building a house.
Of course, these things are limited to your ability level. If you’re not a runner, five miles might start to be a struggle before the first mile is even over. However, if you’re to stretch out a length of any battle, the finish line requiring fortitude and endurance to reach (relative to you) — beware the three-quarter mark. Beware that moment when you are waist deep in the battle, but the end is not quite within arm’s reach.