In order to grow you have to be willing to get uncomfortable. This can be applied to anything, especially a new training program. It doesn’t get easier until you have pushed yourself over and over. Years ago when I was a run coach I loved working with new runners. As we would increase the run duration the newbie would want to stop before the time was up. Like a drill sergeant I’d screech, “Keep pushing! You can walk when you make it to that tree! Don’t give up! The discomfort is making you stronger! You got this!” Over a few weeks time the new athlete is running more and walking less and all we did was put one foot in front of the other. I like to compare it to a savings account that gets little deposits and over time it all adds up to a nice nest egg. It is amazing what our minds and bodies are capable of when we step out of our comfort zones and trust a process.
I love how this blog just reminded me that I need to accept that I will be uncomfortable and it is ok. I was in tip top shape for years but that was over two years ago. Life got "lifey" and my fitness took a back seat (remind me never to do that again) to work, family, and guilty pleasures (lol, mainly food and Netflix). I know for a fact if I take action I will get closer to my goal. I have to have a little faith and trust in my training plan. It is not pretty. I have been piecing it together. I feel like I’m running in quick sand. My face is bright red and I am sucking wind. I want to stop and give up but I really loved being in good shape, so I persist. So whatever it is that may be holding you back it’s ok to push yourself and get uncomfortable. You will experience growth, I promise!