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Now Leaving … the Comfort Zone

I have never been an athlete. I’ve always been much more comfortable with books than any sort of sport or race. So last summer, when Paul and I started cycling, we started out very slowly. Like just-a-couple-of-miles slowly. But I’ve improved a lot, and gotten to the point where I actually enjoy exercise (not every minute, mind you), and I’m kind of cranky if I miss a workout. I feel that admitting this is a betrayal of everything I’ve ever believed. (Okay, not quite, but it’s really weird.)

But a lifetime of thinking about yourself a certain way is hard to turn around. So when my niece Keely asked me to do a race with her, I immediately said no. No, no, no. Really not ready for that. Not a chance. I only run when I’m being chased. Maybe next summer, when I’ve had time to get used to the idea.

 

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(That’s Keely on the left. No, we did not plan matching outfits, we just showed up that way.)

But a couple of people encouraged me to think about it a little. And I decided that if I didn’t do this, it should be because I’d tried it and found out that I just couldn’t make it, rather than because I was too chicken to try.

I added some walk/run intervals into my schedule. I was not surprised to find that I still do not like to run. But I was surprised to discover that it no longer makes me wish for death. Snails pass me and laugh in derision, but it’s survivable.

So, next Sunday afternoon, I am going to trot (slowly!) right out of my comfort zone, and run a Warrior Dash.

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I have no lofty goals. I don’t care how long it takes me, or whether I have to skip an obstacle, or walk some of the way. Because the fact that I even decided to try means that I’ve changed my assumptions about the things I can and can’t do. Maybe I’ll even surprise myself.

But I’ll admit to being pretty nervous about it. In fact, I decided to post this because telling everyone I know means that now it’s too late to back out.

So. Here’s to being freaked out and doing it anyway! I’ll let you know how it goes.

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