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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Comfort Zones

I've spent time with some amazing runners in the past month. And each experience has been completely different. Here's a little insight into why.

This:
was totally out of my comfort zone. Meeting new people. In a large group. Feeling old. And slow. And not nearly as cute as everyone else.

This:
was mildly more in my comfort zone. Mostly new people. In another group. New situation. I never run with people. But at least I was running.

And this:
was perfect. One on one. With an amazing person and friend. Talked about running and everything else. And I'm even fine with the fact that this picture means I should change my header image to one of Skipper (you know, Barbie's littler/smaller - but in our case not younger - sister that has a cuteness equal to Barbie's hotness).


I am not really one of those people that tries to find new things to do to help me get out of my comfort zone. I'm pretty sure it's called a COMFORT zone for a reason. And I like to be comfortable. But I don't regret the Yogurtland meeting. Or running with that group this past Saturday. Running has forced me to step outside my comfort zone, and I'm sure it will continue to do so.

I just have to remind myself that spending time with other runners is sometimes like running. You don't regret the runs you do, even if they are hard.
And sometimes they will be hard.
But you do regret the runs you don't do.

13 comments:

  1. I. Love. This.
    Notsomuch the holy crap ugly photo of me & your royal hotness in the u2 shirt but man I adore you.
    Your moving to AZ right? Awesome.
    I need a Millie running partner.

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  2. SUCH the MOST PERFECT post EVER. seriously LOVE it. I can totally relate. Running is constantly pushing me toward new possibilities that I did not even know I was capable of...I have met new people and new goals...all things that I used to be so afraid of...seriously I am SO grateful. Sad I missed out this past Saturday but I definitely will TRY NOT to let it happen again :)

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  3. Running has done the same for me. I have only started this year and I am always nervous to run with a group because I am still slow. But it is cool how friendly the running can be!

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  4. I'm a comfort zone kind of person too, but running (and blogging) has made me see how awesome it is to meet new people, especially since most of my friends are non-runners.

    Maybe the first picture will become your new comfort zone.

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  5. I love that running, biking, triathlons and blogging has taken me completely out of my comfort zones. I know without these things I would still be dong the same ole thing.

    I can't believe you met EMZ. I am really jealous!

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  6. Great post and I can totally relate. I am always aprehensive to step outside of my comfort zone but I always so happy with the results of doing so.

    I can't believe you met EMZ! I am so jealous!

    Love you Candice you are just the sweetest thing alive. Hopefully we can run together again soon.

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  7. We will meet at the South Valley 1/2, and I will be awkward and laugh too much because it's what I do. Also, I will probably talk about something totally inappropriate... because that's just how I am. Awkward and inappropriate. And I blush a LOT.

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  8. It's nice to know that other people get insecure too. I catch myself thinking that I'm not as thin or as young or as fast as my cute running friends. But then I remember that running is the great equalizer and though we're all at different levels and abilities, we all love to run. Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone. I'm glad I got to meet you and hope we can do it again sometime! I'm still reeling over your girls' beautiful milky skin!

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  9. Love your thoughts!

    It's a struggle to get out of the comfort zone. My running buddy (for the last 3 years) is moving far away! Now I have to push myself to get out on my own, or find a new buddy/group to run with.

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  10. I'm not a big group person either... I do almost all my running alone. Too much pressure with big groups. :)

    Emz is the best eva...so fun you two could meet up!!

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  11. Wow so you got to meet EMZ? I love running with people but now that I live out in the boon docks it never happens!

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  12. How cool you've had so many meet ups, comfy or otherwise. Good for you for getting out of your zone, I have lone wolf instincts as well. Love the analogy you made at the end!

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