The worst thing you can do for yourself is be comfortable…
Ok ok hear me out for a second!
The best work is done when you venture out of your comfort zone. I feel it too – I suffer from that fear of getting uncomfortable.
“We’re involved in racing because there’s that element of competition. But there’s that desire to push yourself beyond the natural comfort zone and the boundaries that are preset if you like, and to be better than the rest.” – Allan Mcnish
Then you’re struck with negative self talk, “what if I try and fail, what if everyone laughs at me, what if I have nothing to offer”.
Instead of fighting against that negative self talk, it’s so much easier to sit back and stay comfortable with where you are.
Think of this in a running context, you won’t get better unless you challenge yourself on a weekly basis – you didn’t become a runner because you tried it once and it was hard! Instead you recognized the challenge and you knew it made you better, fitter and healthier. The runs that give you the most benefit occur at the fringes of what you consider “easy” – this is why the workout you hate is probably the workout you need the most.
Let that set in for you; start with baby steps if you have to!
For me I need to conscientiously do things that make me feel uncomfortable or else I will never challenge myself to do anything impactful… If left to my own I will lay on my bed and watch Netflix for hours on end. You have to fight that urge, don’t be afraid of what ‘might’ happen if everything goes wrong! Look forward to the challenge and instead of being nervouse use that energy to be excited about the results that will come down the line.
In my training this was done by slowly incorporating more and more tempo running into my program, you don’t have to be good at everything and to this day my pace for tempo running is slower than it is supposed to be but that’s why everything is relative. I’ve gotten better – that’s what really matters, training theory goes out the window if you never push yourself mentally and physically.
Eventually what once seemed hard will be your new baseline and so on and so on.
As always, another life lesson learned from being a lifelong runner.