When my husband started talking about this Tough Rhino Mud Run that was coming to the Tri-Cities, I was mildly interested. I’m sure you’ve seen these runs all over the place, it is basically a 5K run with obstacles to test your physical strength along the way. When he first started talking about it, it was several months off, so agreeing to it felt just fine. It won’t be here for months. I still have a few weeks. I still have 5 more days. Wait, it’s tomorrow?
If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know my husband and I have made some serious changes in our lives. As best we can, we work out everyday. We do P90X (Amazon), which keeps us pushing ourselves to the limit with every workout. We work hard, we lift heavier and heavier weights, we eat right.
I work out at home, with nobody watching me. I push myself as much as possible, but there is no competition. If I needed to give up, I could. This Mud Run was a whole different animal. I was literally sick to my stomach the morning of the race and could barely sleep. When I get nervous, I bake. My family ate an enormous Apple Puff Pancake for breakfast.
This is me! Me who works out everyday, who does a workout that when I mention it to people, they look at me like I’m crazy. I was terrified of the unknown. Terrified that if I couldn’t complete an obstacle, they would shine a spotlight on me and call me a fake. Terrified that someone would call me out and tell me I’m not as strong as I think.
Guess what happened?
I finished that darn race. I ran up an 8-foot quarter pipe and climbed over. I gave it my best shot and completely shocked myself with my ability and strength. I had never given myself the chance to prove what I had accomplished. When I saw the picture that the photographer took (shown above), all I could think was “I did that. Did anybody see that? I ran a 5K!”.
Push yourself, friends. If you are just starting out on your fitness journey, feel like you need a challenge or, like me, have been coasting your way through your comfort zone with the greatest of ease, try something new. Amaze yourself. Find out what your body is capable of. Don’t settle.
Please share with us how you push yourself out of your comfort zone. How do you up the ante in your fitness routine? Or on the flip side, what is preventing you from pushing yourself? It took me a long time to try something new!
You can check out where we are at in our fitness goals here.