This pic was taken the day I had ran a marathon telling myself to “slow down”, “slow down” you’ve got X many miles to go. It just clicked. I qualified for the Boston Marathon, placed 9th overall woman in the marathon, and Won $300.00 and beautiful crystal trophy as 3rd place in the “Master’s Division”. (first of all I was like what?! I’m not old..what is this MASTERS DIVISION…but I guess when you hit the big 4-0, you are a “master”.
The master of what you ask? I guess in simple terms, it’s the master of suffering. I love the feeling of pushing myself outside my comfort zone. It’s given me life, self-esteem, and confidence with every step, and every race I pursued, from sprint to Ironman 70.3 triathlons, from 5K’s to marathons, even if it didn’t go exactly how I’d planned, I FINISHED.
The struggle, the doubts the mental and physical hardships that you encounter on any type of endurance activity, then overcoming them all? THAT is where Joy comes from. When crossing that finish line, or even if you don’t finish but you tried something hard, something uncomfortable….this is where we learn we can do much more than we ever thought possible! This is where change occurs in our body and just as importantly our mind begins to change. We begin to think of endless possibilities of what we could do next, AND when we apply this attitude to other areas of our life, were quite frankly unstoppable!
5 Things YOU can do to get outside your comfort zone
- Do something you fear
- Join a fitness challenge
- Do something you’ve always wanted to do (learn piano, run a marathon, or triathlon)
- Change up your routine
- Learn a new skill that can advance your career
If you are intrigued by the idea of trying something new, or want to experience this JOY I speak of OR it’s been a long time that you’ve done something “uncomfortable”, join me Monday Feb. 20th at 7:00 PM for my FREE “ENDURANCE UNIVERSITY” Webinar! During our time together you will hear and learn:
- My personal, never shared stories of “endurance” that I didn’t choose in my life but would never ever take back.
- What it means to “endure”
- How Joy can be found through choosing a challenge
- What psychological changes happen when you get comfortable being uncomfortable
- How to set a goal that is challenging for YOU
Have you joined my FREE FITNESS ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP?
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