Last weekend I ventured well out of my comfort zone by taking a race vacation to Reykjavik. This involved stepping well out of my comfort zone- going to a new country, and running a half marathon, with a group of relatively new friends, all of whom were stronger runners than me. Needless to say though, I had a great trip
Here are a few highlights from the trip:
- The view from the bay in Reykjavik. The air is cool and crisp, and seeing the view of the mountains for the first time was truly something.
- The Half Marathon itself- it was a tough race, but overall I’m pleased with my performance. And what’s more, the course was absolutely gorgeous for the most part.
- Doing yoga out on the deck the morning of the race- I’d gone outside primarily to get some alone time and gather my thoughts, but yoga turned out to be just what I needed.
- Our trip to the Blue Lagoon- we took a trip to Iceland’s famous thermal pool, and bathed in the gloriousness of the mineral-rich water. In addition to the actual springs, there was a sauna, steam room, steam cave and hot waterfall. It was precisely what my sore sore muscles were calling out for! Oh, and there was a swim-up bar. We drank bubbly and it was glorious.
- Pre-race planning both on the plane and the night before the race. Since getting my Dream, Believe, Achieve training journal, I’ve started to appreciate the importance of planning, setting expectations and mentally preparing for every workout. My mantra, in case anyone cares? “It’s supposed to hurt.”
- Spending a whole weekend with people who 100% get your obsession with running. We could have talked for hours about splits, cadence, race times and future goals.
And here are a few obligatory photos:
So there you have it- one more country ticked off the bucket list, and a new PB!
When’s the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?
Lots of love,