Its very easy to get into a routine in many aspects of life, including running. Its very easy to continually run on the same routes, because no matter how boring it might be, the terrain is predictable and your body knows how to handle it. Its very easy to opt for the treadmill when the weather is unfavorable, because again, no matter how boring it might be, you don’t have to deal with the elements. In both of these regards, I used to be “that” runner.
Lately, I’ve been trying to push myself outside of my comfort zone. I won’t make progress as a runner unless I continually challenge myself. One of the big ways that I’ve been pushing myself has been taking little man for a run with me in the BOB stroller. Pushing the stroller while running is far from easy, and while my overall pace is slower when I run with the stroller versus when I run by myself, I’ve noticed that the endurance training that the stroller provides is helping make me a stronger and faster runner.
Another way that I’ve been pushing myself is to not head straight to the gym to run on the treadmill when the weather is unfavorable. I used to complete almost all of my runs on the treadmill, and now I’m trying to do everything I can to avoid running on the treadmill. While I’m certain that there will be times this coming winter that it’ll be safer, and smarter, to complete some of my runs on the treadmill, I’m trying to not let any cold temperatures or rain steer me away right now.
The last way that I’m pushing myself, and this is way outside of my comfort zone, is considering signing up for and training for my first marathon. Now that I’ve run my goal fall race, I’m starting to consider my goal race(s) for 2017. As part of my exploration, I’m contemplating a handful of possible fall marathons. While I knew back in the Spring that the time wasn’t right to train for my first marathon, I’m starting to think that the time might be right now.
I used to always say that I couldn’t run. And then after being inspired to start running, I said that I’d just stick to half marathons. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I’d even consider running a marathon. Its funny where life takes us sometimes, and the path we wind up walking down. One thing is for certain though, training for and running my first marathon would push me very far outside of my comfort zone.
QOTD: How do you push yourself outside of your comfort zone?