By Jamie King
If you’re on the fence about purchasing an all access pass to the EMPOWER Race Series because you’re afraid you won’t complete both days of running and yoga, or perhaps you simply fear the aftermath (hello, sore legs and body!), or even worse yet, you doubt yourself, I say get off the fence and sign yourself up. Don’t overthink it. Don’t start the what if game. Just sign up. And go after it. Because honestly, what’s the worst thing that could happen?
As an ultra-runner and yogi, I know a thing or two about feeling overwhelmed and afraid of challenges. I know how it feels to feel completely and totally out of my league, under-trained, or even not fit enough. I know how it feels to doubt yourself so much that it almost makes you feel sick to your stomach. But if you never get off the fence and instead choose to live in fear, you’ll never truly know how far you can go. You’ll never give yourself a chance to really challenge yourself and your abilities.
If you need even more convincing to take on the challenge, here are my top 5 reasons why it’s worth the challenge:
Get outside of your comfort zone.
Fear is what keeps us motivated, excited, committed and accountable. When something feels easy, it doesn't have the same appeal. Accepting and embracing challenge is how we really grow and learn.
Feel accountable to work harder.
Once you make up your mind to accept and embrace the challenge, you’re more likely to hold yourself accountable to prepare for the upcoming challenge. We’ll be sending out training plans, workouts soon - so sign up now and then stick with your training so you can have the confidence come race and yoga weekend to show up for yourself!
Find a deeper connection to yourself.
When you embrace a new challenge or tackle a new goal, you’ll feel a deeper connection to yourself. You’ll have a better sense of who you are, what you are capable of and be more capable of accepting challenges and facing fears in the future. For example, each time I have crossed the finish line of a race that I’ve been afraid of, I have felt an overwhelming sense of pride, self confidence and renewed sense of self. It helps you remember who you are and what you’re made of.
Learn How To Fail.
One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was learn how to fail. Instead of taking failures as indicators that you can’t do something, you instead have to accept them and then learn from them and move on from them. If you learn to use failure to your advantage, it will make you a stronger, more capable athlete and person, in general.
There’s no better feeling than the feeling you get when you achieve something! When you work hard and it pays off, the feeling of pride, accomplishment and confidence is unparalleled. If you do it for nothing else, do it for what I like to call the after race glow. Get your shine on!
If you’re still on the fence about doing both days of running and yoga, feel free to comment and /or shoot me a note with your list of reasons and self-doubt so we can come up with more ways to convince you to toe the line!