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Goodbye, comfort zone

[ 3 ] 03/14/2013 |

Goodbye, comfort zone

Beloved gang o’ mine, we are nearly  1/4 of the way finished with 2013. Do you find that as insane as I do? We have talked a lot about goals since the confetti and glittering ball drops of New Years Eve.  I hope you have found enough successes to keep your mojo tank on “F” and enough struggles to prove to yourself you are not giving up the fight to work toward YOUR health and wellness.

That said, I have a question for you. When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone? I don’t mean sticking your big toe in, either. I mean plugging your nose good and tight and jumping into the deep end. Maybe you have been on the fence about taking a particular group fitness class or entering a particular race yourself.  Not every big scary goal is attached to a sneaker’s laces. Maybe yours  is hosting a dinner party for 10. Maybe it’s going back to school.

I have recently stepped out of my comfort zone when, after mulling it over for a while, I decided 2013 would be the year for my first half marathon. For a while, I’d been thinking about doing something scary big, something crazy. It has been 10 days since I registered online and hit the submit button with teary eyes. And in those 10 days, my energy has magnified beyond measure. Not only did I register, but I took another big leap in applying for the Zooma Half Marathon Challenge, a training program organized by the race sponsors, a program for which only a handful of people are chosen.  I had to submit a letter of application and  underwent a telephone interview. The more steps that were required, the more I wanted in to this thing.

Part of my letter reads:

I am a slow runner. I am an overweight runner. I am a runner who will be turning 46 exactly one week after this race.I am the runner people look at and say “Her? Really? She signed up for THAT? She must be crazy.” I am three exits past crazy.  But I am also a runner with heart, with dedication, who has inspired her friends to get up off the couch and who can, and will, inspire other people when they see that I CAN do this, that I WILL do this. I am the runner who wanted to do something big and scary and outside her comfort zone.

Guess what? I got in. It is scary and exciting all at once.

I am ready for some magic. How ’bout you? When was the last time you stretched your notion of what you think you are capable of? Or what is that one thought you have that is not letting you go?  Please share away in the comments!

 

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Category: MIND IT, MOVE IT, Running, The Sisterhood

About mary: After more than 20 years in the newspaper business, Mary P. works as a public information specialist for a nearby county police department. She is a former Demolition Derby winner, a slowl-but-surely ever improving runner. and an Irish fiddle player. She attends weekly meetings at the Our Lady of the Perpetual Weight Watcher, peeling away the layers like an onion, has dabbled in stand-up comedy and spreads the Sisterhood gospel whenever and wherever possible. She lives in Baltimore, MD, with her husband (also a fiddle player) and three cats. View author profile.

  • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

    Mary, I am SO proud and excited for you!!!! YAY! You are going to do a great job training, have a amazing time running, and after crossing the finish line, immediately sign up for another 1/2 marathon this year! Seriously! You’ll love it! MWAH!

    And yeah, I really need to step outside of my comfort zone, but it appears my comfort zone is really big and I can’t find the edge ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19230115 Melissa Schaaf

    Congrats, Mary! I can’t wait to hear about your adventures!
    Going vegan (day 4!) is most certainly outside my comfort zone. I always say that I’ll try anything once…

  • AnnG

    Mary, I love that you stepped so far out of your comfort zone!! This is gonna be a great 1/2 marathon!! I can’t wait to hear all about the training and race!!

    My comfort zone…needs to be pushed. Now to figure out how to go beyond it.