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Outside the comfort zone

Glancing down at my Garmin caused a smile and a gentle shake of my head.

The pace was about a minute too fast.

Not surprising. I picked up the second loop of Delaware Park with my friend Jessica. She is slender and speedy and telling me tales of the drama at her place of employment.

I felt OK at the pace, but was slightly concerned. So close to the marathon I don't want to be messing with my plan for no good reason. And while Jess is a very entertaining storyteller (and my own personal mix of Oprah and Yoda) causing me to want to keep up with her, I started to get concerned about running an easy run too fast.

Which really is kind of funny. Because when I do hit the paces my coach asks of me, I'm concerned about running to slow.

At some point, I am hoping that my thoughts and my actions match up. As in: I know I am doing the correct the pace. I know it is making me a better runner. I feel good about where I'm at.

There's the old saying "fake it until you make it." Or "don't just talk the talk, walk the walk." In more cerebral terms, it's called "acting as if."

Among my quote cards is one from Wayne Dyer: "Act as if what you intend to manifest in life is already a reality. Eliminate thoughts or conditions, limitations, or the possibility of it not manifesting."

At times, acting as if is a bit like white knuckling.

Because you are acting in a way that is outside of your comfort zone.

But outside the comfort zone is where real change takes place. And often where the magical happens.

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