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On Pushing the Limit

Friday, May 17, 2013


I went on a run yesterday; the kind where it's muggy and hot outside and you think about huge things while you lose your breath and sweat quickly covers your body. I told myself to run twenty minutes, and I started fast, and then thirty minutes passed, and I told myself to run some more.

It was hot and the sky looked like thunder and my legs felt like bricks and I just kept going. I didn't start out with grand thoughts about life, because I started out with basic thoughts about running, but the former evolved from the latter because that tends to be the way it works when you're running.

I started going to CrossFit last summer and I continued for about two months. During that time, I stopped running because most of the time I was too sore to run, and when I wasn't too sore to run I felt too strong to need to run. It was fine, and then I stopped going to CrossFit, but I kind of had already stopped running, so for a while I was just sort of lazy. When I finally started again, I never pushed myself to the caliber that I used to in my cross-country days, and certainly not to failure like I often did in CrossFit.

I got so comfortable that I forgot what the edges of my comfort zone felt like. But I like being in that space. I need it.

Here's to finding that line, and then walking on it.

10 comments:

  1. I've been telling myself for years that I need to try running, just try it. Maybe this will be my year? :)

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  2. I love this - "I got so comfortable that I forgot what the edges of my comfort zone felt like". me too. in running & in life. thank you for the reminder. xo - chels @ LLinaBC.com

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  3. I love this - "I got so comfortable that I forgot what the edges of my comfort zone felt like". me too. in running & in life. thank you for the reminder. things are more fun [& rewarding] when pushing the envelope. xo - chels @ LLinaBC.com

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  4. The way you write is so beautiful and captivating! I really enjoyed reading this. It reminded me of a book I read by Haruki Murakami called, "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running." To be honest, I hate running (even though I thought I might like it after reading that book...nope...), but I enjoyed that book. Might be something you'd like. :)

    xoxo
    Melyssa
    The Nectar Collective

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    1. I'll have to read it! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  5. I love that feeling, when it feels like you're about to die but you can push on and on- brilliant. I definitely forget what the edges of my comfort zone feel like a little too often. Thanks, Megan. xx

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  6. I'm starting crossfit tomorrow I hope it works and is good. Little worried as I'm not used to running at all
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    xx

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  7. I can't imagine not running on a regular basis anymore... I started two years ago and haven't stopped yet. I hope that you keep running, it seems to make you really happy and it's always good to do things that make you happy. :)

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    1. Thanks! It definitely does make me happy!

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