Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Thursday Triumph: Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

It seems like lots of us are really enjoying the positivity of a CELEBRATION post... Helps us focus on how far we've come and what we are doing RIGHT! GO US! Whether the triumphs are large or small, I truly believe it is important to recognize them NO MATTER WHAT! {Link up with me, Smitha, and Linzie to honor what you are currently succeeding at!}

And just in case you didn't believe me about my REST week that I celebrated last week... Here is a snapshot of the week care of my Garmin Connect... Yup, I only hit my step goals twice and one of those days was due to the Eugene Marathon...

Today's Triumph:

Doing things outside my comfort zone!
You could say running is was outside of my comfort zone. When I started about 3 years ago I was NOT a runner. I would say I was "active", but would never even consider going out and running "for fun". A friend challenged me to sign up for the 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon and I guess I haven't stopped since! In the process I found a passion, a community of amazing people, and an acceptance of myself that I would have never imagined (#RealTalk - it is still a daily struggle, but one I am working on continually).

Since I have been running though, I have pretty much just stuck with that. Of course once a week I will do some strength training (YAY for my 5lb weights...) and cross training (normally biking or swimming), but for the most part I am perfectly happy just running until my little heart is content.

PS Pardon the french ;)

I have always said I wanted to try things like yoga or spin, but with race after race on my calendar I have never found the time to squeeze it in with my already busy training schedule. (More #RealTalk - I am frugal, so shelling out money for classes I'm not sure I will like isn't high on my priority list.)

Last week I changed that! (It also helped that I was taking the mandatory rest week from running so I had time to test the waters a bit.) I took a Yoga for Runners Workshop and even agreed to go with the one and only Smitha to a spin class that StuftMama is teach (Smitha was sick last week {BOO sinus infections} so we had to postpone it, but it is still a BIG STEP just to say YES)!

I am even considering hitting up a free yoga class that is at our local Patagonia on Tuesday nights and maybe even trying out the November Project down in San Diego (the difficult part with that one is it takes 45-50 minute to get there and the workouts start at 6:30am so I really have to be committed).


Baby steps, baby steps I tell ya! I know me and I know that if I want something to stick I need to make sure I can fit it into my life on a regular basis or it will be a one and done sort of thang. Normally if I go big, I end up just going home and scrapping it all. One foot in front of the other and I will broaden my horizons!

What are you triumphing in lately?! 


Here are all the RULES you need to know to participate in the Thursday Triumph LinkUp!
     1. Linzie, Smitha and I will start the LinkUp Post every Wednesday night by 11:59 EST. It will be hosted here, on Sharp Endurance and on Running With SD Mom. You can link up your posts any day of the week but the most common day to do so is Thursday. The post can be about any TRIUMPH in your life! Each linkup will be open for one week only.
     2. Entries that are not associated with a POST or just linked to your homepage will be deleted.
     3. Link back to 
Running With SD MomSharp Endurance & Carlee McDot so others can add their link and find others too! You can use the above graphic if you'd like!
     4. MOST IMPORTANT: You MUST visit the person's blog who linked up directly before you and leave them a motivating comment and share their POST. This is the most important part of the linkup. We want lots of links and we want to help each other out. This is MANDATORY!
     5. Void where prohibited.


SD Mom said...

I might even be convinced to attend a November Project session with you!!!

KookyRunner said...

There is a Yoga class that I take after work on Fridays. I feel like its so out of my comfort zone, but I know its good for me so I'm trying to make it part of my regular routine!

Unknown said...

I've been wanting to go to an NP workout, but since its at 6:30, in SD...there's no way I'd make it home in time for the hubs to make it to work 😭 Ummmmm...I WANT to go I Stuftmama's spin class with you and Smitha!!!! How fun!!! 🎉

Juliana said...

I love this! I am also learning to step outside of my comfort zone-I have never taken a yoga class before but I definitely think I should look out for cheap options around and see what I can do

Renae said...

I have never done Yoga... Well besides DVDs I need to step out of my comfort zone and try I class. I need to find a buddy though! There is comfort in numbers :) Awesome job trying something new!