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Learning to push your limits

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  January 24, 2013 12:00 PM

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When I started running, I wondered if my short legs would ever move the way I wanted them to.

I have the heart and drive of someone who could run a marathon, even though I have the training and stamina of a novice.

I could have just decided to keep running the way I was, comfortably, at an easy pace, not pushing my body past where it felt like it could go.

But a friend's comment asking me, why not "push it" made me think. Maybe I need to live just outside of the place where I feel comfortable. That's where the real work is, isn't it?

I've been starting slowly, with little tweaks: Could I do one more mile? Could I hold my #plankADay for just 10 seconds more? Could I try something new that made me nervous -- vulnerable -- (yes, Craig and Jeff, this is where you may have convinced me to do a Spartan Race.)

For me, it's that last one that's most important. When I'm most vulnerable, I have found I prepare the most. I try as hard as I can to prepare for something so as not to embarrass myself. Or fail. We all know how much I love failing.

I know that's what works for me. It's a tried and true method. And yet, it's that act of pushing myself to get there that seems so hard.

But, I guess, that in itself is an act of "pushing it," too.

How do you avoid getting too comfortable with your routine?

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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