For the last 8ish weeks, I’ve been participating in the sponsored Under Armour campaign as a part of FitFluential. As you might recall, my goal was “I will step outside my comfort zone: run harder, try new things, say yes when I want to say no. “
I’m not sure I did something every single day that scared me, but I did a lot of things that made me step outside of my normal comfort zone.
- I ran my first trail race. And in a “go big or go home” style, I not only ran a half marathon trail race, but it ended up being 14.6 miles!
- I drove in DC. For an added bonus, I even parallel parked my Honda Pilot. (In a very small spot. That’s a bit like parallel parking a tank.)
- I raced a 5k. Something I hadn’t done in quite a while as I’ve lost my ability to push hard.
- I followed it up the next morning with my fastest half marathon this year.
- I camped out in a tent for my son’s Outdoor Lab experience, which included ticks and putting a worm on a hook. WAAAYY outside my comfort zone. WAAY!
The official competition is coming to a close, but it’s still possible (and encouraged) to keep participating in challenges and keep pushing yourself. For my part, I’ve learned that I am capable of a lot more than I give myself credit for and that I need to keep trying new things.
I already have a few new things on my agenda:
- I’m taking on a new role at work. It’s a small step and a small project, but it’s a step in a whole different direction.
- I’m taking my first real spin class at Revolve on Friday. I’ll definitely be talking about that next week.
- I’m exploring options to get back into my professional field (research librarian) on a small level.
This has been a really fun campaign for me. I know I’m capable of pushing myself on my own, but somehow being part of a bigger movement was even more motivating. And that’s “What’s Beautiful” for me. That as a group we can support each individual to make them stronger.
Disclaimer: I was part of this campaign through FitFluential. All opinions are my own.