My running comfort zone


Saturday-5.5 miles outside with Jessica

One of the nice things about the cooler temps is sleeping in. I don’t have to get up so early to beat the heat, so I slept in yesterday morning and then headed out on a run with my next door neighbor Jessica. I live right up against a mountain, so any roads around me are going to be hills. I usually avoid them at all costs or go to a nearby trail that is flat.

on one of many hills Jess took me on

on one of many hills Jess took me on

Yesterday, Jessica pushed me out of my running comfort zone. I’ve been thinking about mine a lot lately.

elevation gain on yesterday's run

elevation gain on yesterday’s run

Basically, my running comfort zone is as follows:

my treadmill-I love how I can jump on it whenever, wearing whatever, have my water, food, bathroom, entertainment all right there. It’s easy.

slow paces-they are ‘safe’again, it’s easy

flat roads-yup, because it’s easy

I mentioned in my last post I’ve been slacking a lot in my running. I tend to get into a groove and then stay there. Well, I’m done. I’m done playing it safe with my running. I want to set new goals, work hard, and challenge myself. Even if it simple things like running outside more.

my favorite fall running outfit

my favorite fall running outfit

I’ve heard this quote from a couple people, “It’s not easy, but it’s worth it” I’m going to be repeating this to myself a lot as my new running mantra. I’m ready for change=)

After my cold run, all I wanted was warm oatmeal(and a hot shower). I sliced up some bananas in there too, wasn’t my favorite haha

20131109-205230.jpgThen we headed over to the outlet mall a new outfit for J. We’re taking family pics and he needed some new nice jeans without holes. I found some on sale at Gap, score! This is how much J enjoys shopping. . .

20131109-205253.jpgThe night ended with these lovely ladies. Our friend Nat just moved into her new home so we stopped by to check it out. It’s so cute!

20131109-205335.jpgdo you have a running mantra? What is it?

do you have a running ‘comfort zone’?






About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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6 Responses to My running comfort zone

  1. It is so easy to get stuck in our “running comfort zone”. I had never experienced this until I graduated from college because I had always had teammates and coaches encouraging and pushing me to give it my best at every practice. I recently realized that I am in a running “rut” and I signed up for a few 5Ks to give myself something to look forward to and train for!

  2. kpanzl says:

    I get in exercising ruts all the time. It’s good to challenge yourself and start something new. Good luck!

  3. Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures says:

    I’m glad you pushed yourself for this run! I think that it’s important to switch up a running routine, however that may be. I typically run the same routes and don’t push it with pace, especially on my longer runs, and I tend to get a bit bored at times. Running comfort zones are an easy trap but you can get out of them pretty easily! Besides, you are a great runner so you’re more than capable of changing things up and challenging yourself!

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  5. beil4 says:

    So easy to get caught in a comfort zone. When you reach out of that zone though you feel so much stronger and really believe that you can do whatever you set your mind too!

  6. I need to go to the outlets soon!! 🙂

    Comfort zones be darned–it’s best to be outside of ’em. hehe

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