Last week, I ran my first 10K without stopping. Yes, it was inside on a treadmill. Yes, it took me over an hour. However, considering that three years ago I couldn’t even run a half mile without thinking I was going to pass out, I’m completely stoked.
How did it happen? Well, it started with pushing myself outside my comfort zone when it came to exercise. First, I did P90X. Then, I started running a full mile on a regular basis — which was a big accomplishment in itself for me!
Next, I did the Couch to 5K program and ran my first 5K race. These step-by-step victories gave me the motivation to keep aiming a little higher and a little higher. I worked up to four miles, then five miles, and finally 6.2 miles.
Sure, I definitely need to improve my time — and I need to have quite a few more successful 6 and 7-mile runs under my belt before I’m ready to attempt a true 10K race, but each little running success step makes me think that maybe a half marathon or even a full marathon really isn’t as utterly impossible as I once believed it to be.
It just goes to prove that, as Andy Traub says in Early to Rise, “You are capable of much more than you believe yourself to be.”
So stop thinking “it’s not possible” and start jumping out and trying. For truly, you can’t say something isn’t possible if you’ve not gone out there and given it your best shot.
How have you nudged yourself outside your comfort zone recently? Tell us in the comments so we can celebrate with you!
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