Jogs & Downward Dogs

The running and yoga adventures of an average girl

Trying to push beyond my comfort zone

Posted by Amber on May 16, 2009

Yesterday was a good day I went for a run in the morning and then did Jillian Michaels, 30 Day Shred, level 2 (my arms were already sore 2 hours later!) 

My run was a 30 minute run that is part of my training plan for the half marathon that I’m running in July!  Although this is my second half marathon, it kind of feels like my first.  I was in Europe for a month before I ran my first half marathon last year, so, I didn’t train properly and I really felt that I could have done better if I had been better prepared. 

This time I’m following the training plan in the book Marathons for Mortals.  Other than making a few tweaks so that the plan fits in to my schedule I’m really trying to follow the plan this time and I’m really trying to improve my pace, which is something that I’ve always found to be a challenge. 

When I run I tend to fall in to a comfortable 9-10 minute mile pace.  I still sweat and get red in the face, but, I certainly don’t feel that I’m working my hardest and there still feels like there is room to push myself.  But, when I try to pick up my pace I start getting worried about running too fast too soon and not having enough energy to finish the longer runs.  My hubby recommended that I do a few of my training runs on the dreadmill and use that to try to increase my pace, but, it would make me really sad to have to skip my outdoor runs now that the weather is so nice.

If you are a runner – how do you increase your pace?  Or, more generally, how do you push yourself past your comfort zone?


One Response to “Trying to push beyond my comfort zone”

  1. Kourtney said

    Amber, I have the EXACT same problem. I push myself to run faster in my shorter training runs, and once I realize that I can do a faster pace for 3 miles, it is easier to push it for 4, then 5, then s on. I still really struggle with this though- even at the 5k distance in a race. I convince myself that I am going to “wear out” if I go out too hard- which would be true in a longer race, but not so much for a 5k. Overcoming mental fitness hurdles is so often more difficult than the physical!
    Anyway, I reccomend trying to increase your speed on your shorter runs, then slowly incorporate that into your longer runs!

    Kourtney (gaboosh)

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