When a runner gets exhausted during a competition, they might slow down either:
- to save energy to keep back going after a short time (intentionally)
- or just due to the lack of adequate and required energy. (forcefully.)
I want to be a little creative and compare the first (intentional) case to someone who is running out of steam in doing something which they had started passionately and vigorously.
How shall I give them a lift and boost their energy and ask them to hang in there?
As for an intentional act of lowering speed, I am familiar with two idioms "ease up" and "hit the wall". Let's take a look at them:
- If you ease up, you start to make less effort.
Hit the wall:
- To reach a point when you ate running, exercising, playing sports, etc. where you are so physically tired you feel you cannot continue.
You've already tried a lot. Remember all those tough days. Your whole life depends on the result of this test. You need to pass it. Hang in there. You're just a little way off the finish. [Here, finish" means "achievement of goals".] .........
a. Don't ease up
b. Don't hit the wall
Would you be so kind as to let me know which choice works here idiomatically?
I am wide open to other and better suggestions.