Guys, I’m kind of nervous. Excited, but really nervous.
Running for me has always been therapeutic. I run because I love the feeling of pounding miles, of making myself move, of sweating. It’s hard sometimes, but generally, I get into that groove and just go.
I’ve been doing some fast paced runs in the last couple weeks and months and even though I doubt myself or want to quit, I have finished those workouts and felt stronger every time.
On Monday, I did a fast workout. 25×1:00 intervals with 1:00 rest in between. I did all those intervals at a 5:34 pace. It was NOT easy. I bargained with myself. “Stop at 15.” “Stop at 20.” “Stop when you hit 6 miles.”
We all do it. I was hurting (not really, I was just uncomfortable) and my heart was a pumping. I put my body in a state of stress and it was not having it.
I did finish the workout. I even cooled down and ran again that day. My mind was trying to stop the power my body had. By finishing that workout and the subsequent run afterwards, I realized something:
I am capable of a lot more than I give myself credit for. I am capable to overcome what my mind is telling me. I can push my body farther than my mind wants it to go.
Countless times in my life, I have said “I could never do that” and took it for a fact. I didn’t test the waters because I was told what to believe. I played it safe.
Why should I continue to play it safe?
I shouldn’t, so I won’t.
I have an opportunity to get unsafe tomorrow night.
I’m honestly freaking out about it, but it’s something I’ve got to do. I need the data, I need to break out of the comfort zone I’ve built.
I might blow up. I might do awful. But either way, I’m breaking out of my comfort zone and that is a barrier that needs to be crushed.
How do you get unsafe?