My workouts needed a face lift this year. I am super boring, and have been sticking to the same rotation of speed work and distance runs for years. I hate New Year's Resolutions, but this year I took a secret vow to myself (which I guess is no longer secret) to challenge myself more and dare to step outside my box of boringness. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and I want my life to be filled with achievements and great experiences. Shutting out the opportunity to experience new things, and even workouts, is limiting myself to the greatness that may come out of being brave. Sometimes my smile is even boring at intensely exciting moments.
Last year I stumbled on a quote by Percy Cerutty that says "you only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone". The moment I read this, it resonated with me and ignited sparks inside me. A week later I decided to make a drastic change in my life and pursue a dream that I had always had to become a personal trainer, which was HUGE for me. Really really huge because I had been feeling as if I had lost myself for nearly two years while I continued going to a job that left me extremely unfulfilled and miserable and was in this stagnate state where I just could not make any decisions about anything. All in an instant I basically decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and do something with my life.
Self revelations are amazing. I have not had many in my life, so realizing that my dreams can come true if I really want them to was an amazing moment of growth for me. Setting limitations on my abilities to do anything is silly, I have the power to do anything I desire as long as I allow myself to try. This new self awareness has spilled into every aspect of my life, and has left me feeling happier then ever before. As someone who used to look for the negative in things, I now find myself being optimistic about practically everything. Life is much more enjoyable when you want everyday to be better then the last.
My new outlook on life and experiences has brought new experiences to my training. I find myself now wanting to veer from my training plan and try new workouts. My attitude to training plans in the past was basically that it was a contract, and I wouldn't let myself stray from it. But straying from the plan and doing a new workout that activates my muscles in different way in the long run will do me good. In order to improve fitness, the muscles to to be exposed to different stimuli that allows them to strengthen in different ways.
Today was supposed to be an easy 6 miler, but I have been craving incline running lately and did my easy 6 on a treadmill at 2% incline at 7:53 pace. It felt great. Chicago is flat as a pancake, and I generally hate hills...but we only hate the things that make us uncomfortable and feel out of our element. I like a challenge.