A while back, I wrote that to be successful, you need to step out of your comfort zone.
I just stepped out of it in a big way.
I just registered for my very first road race: the 2019 CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge. I have never run any kind of registered road race* before. This will be my first.
(*I have, however, participated in a registered bicycle tour before. But I feel a lot more comfortable about my bike riding than I do my running.)
I will say that running and I have never really gotten along. It is not, I repeat, not one of my favorite physical activities.
I’ve been active in CrossFit since 2015. I’ve made big strides since I started. Although I still have a lot of things that I need to improve, I can do a lot of things now that I couldn’t when I first started.
And as it turns out, one of the things upon which I’ve improved is running. One particular coach tends to push me pretty hard (in a good way). Whenever a 5K run has come up in a CrossFit WOD, I’ve toyed with scaling it down to a shorter distance. It was this particular coach who said to me, “nope, you’re not scaling it. You’re running the full 5K!”
And it’s for that reason why I feel I’m capable of participating in this event.
Granted, I use air-quotes when I say “run.” It’ll probably be more like some jogging, some walking, and some stumbling. (And this event is longer than 5K; it’s actually 3.5 miles.)
If you want to get better, you need to step out of your comfort zone. I’d say that this definitely qualifies.
For reference, my best 5K time is 50:18. We’ll see how this goes. Wish me luck.