Welcome to Wednesday Word, a weekly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers.
Each Wednesday you will have a single word prompt to write about. Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post.
Today’s word is challenging…… I’d love to have you link up, and if you do, please remember to follow my six simple rules.
Challenging – testing one’s abilities; demanding.
“Her job is both challenging and rewarding.”
I have a tendency to push myself physically. I equate challenging with rewarding. The more challenging the endeavor, the more rewarding the outcome.
This became particularly evident last year when I formed a team for Ragnar DC. I chose to be runner eight because it appeared to have some of the more challenging legs. If I was going to be part of a 200-mile two-day relay team, I wanted to push myself to my limits.
During my first 6.8-mile leg, the course gained about 1,000 feet in just 2.5 miles and lost about 1,200 feet over the last 3.5 miles. Ragnar rated the course “What the hill?” My second and third legs were 6.9 miles each and rated as hard. Each leg had 500-550 elevation gain over segments of one to two miles.
I finished my very first Ragnar Relay weekend feeling accomplished, satisfied, and yes, as you’ll see in this one-minute video, I made Sideling Hill my bitch!
Earlier during our summer 2014 training cycle, I watched as my MRTT running friends and I took the challenge to train the hardest we’d ever trained. Each runner brought something unique to the table. Some of our runners were extremely talented and fast runners, and just by running along side of them (well, actually a little behind them), the rest of us worked a little harder and got a lot faster. A couple of us brought coaching knowledge to the team, while others brought their organizational skills.
Together we formed the perfect team to make our workouts challenging. We organized Tuesday hill repeats, Thursday tempo runs, and Saturday long runs. No one was willing to cut corners, and as a result, we all had outstanding summer/fall racing seasons.
As runners, we can choose to run the same speed and the same distance on every run. If our goal is simply to get cardiovascular exercise, that type of workout is fine. But if our goal is to get stronger, run faster, and be competitive in local races, we have to design a challenging training schedule to get us there.
And once we design that challenging training schedule, we have to be willing to commit to it 100%, and work hard to push ourselves to be the best that we can be.
Because without the challenge, where’s the reward?
Do you prefer to take the more challenging or easier route?
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Running really does make you rise to the challenge! I do think Runner 8 is the hardest for Ragnar DC!
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Weren’t you runner 8 at Ragnar DC? If so, I’m sure you remember Sideling Hill well!
I like to compare challenging to being a sucker. I’m the worst when it comes to peer pressure. I have some amazing friends and they always push me to completely challenge what I think I’m capable of…hence my new 5K PR last week.
Courtney @ Don’t Blink. Just Run. recently posted…Face The Music Friday #73
HaHa! I suppose that’s true of me sometimes, too. Congrats on the 5K PR!
Great post Deb! I think it’s great you chose to take on some of the more challenging legs for your Ragnar team. Ragnar is definitely on my running bucket list.
Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…Wednesday Word – Challenging
Thanks, Michelle! Definitely join a Ragnar team if you get the opportunity. You will love it!
I like to challenge myself 90% of the time. But there are those days when I want to just run for fun.
Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Challenging
I agree with running for fun! This winter while we were between training cycles all of our runs were at conversation pace, and just for fun.
Relays are a blast but no joke at the same time! Way to challenge yourself!
Marcia recently posted…Indoor Tri Race Report
You ladies are fierce out there we better step it up! Fun post 🙂
Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Real Women Move & Skirt Sports Giveaway
Thanks, Deborah! Come join us sometime!
Loved the video Deb. It gave me chills! You kicked a$$! I do love challenges but there are times when you’ve got to back off and know when to rest and recover. That is also a big challenge!
HoHo Runs recently posted…Little Challenges
Thanks – my husband put the video together for me last night just for this post! The ladies in my group and I have enjoyed a winter of easier runs while between training cycles, so we are recharged and ready to start working hard for our fall races.
Love the video you put together (…ahem and the commentary LOL)! There truly is no reward without a little challenge, and I think choosing to tackle things that challenge us is how we grow and become stronger. We wouldn’t get anywhere without stepping outside of our comfort zone and seeing what we’re really made of.
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Bill gets full credit for making the video, but I won’t say who gets credit for the commentary! 🙂
I think the best feeling is finding that you CAN meet a challenge – when you discover that all your preparation and work has made you strong enough to do something you thought once was impossible. The only danger is finding that you don’t value your successes and only want the next one. That, I think, can be destructive.
Stephen Tuck recently posted…Wednesday Word: Challenging
Agreed – when good enough is never enough…
I am currently reading What you can when you can #wycwyc and one of the chapters I read yesterday is entitled “Embrace deconvenience”. It talks about how easy everything has become. It encourages us to make choices a little less convenient sometimes (thus more challenging). I thought it was interesting and inline with your idea of not always taking the easy route.
As I tell my kids… life would be so boring if it were easy.
Karen – Fit in France recently posted…2016 Paris Marathon prep : First month
Wouldn’t life be boring if everything feel right in our plate? So many lessons are learned by facing challenges, too.
your video is awesome. as is this post — reason #455 i interviewed you for women’s running! 🙂
Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…My Thursday Triumph vol i
Awww, thanks, Courtney! 🙂
Oh – what a great word!!! I missed the link-up this week but definitely prefer the challenging route:)
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I can tell from reading your blog that you don’t take short-cuts, and take the challenging route. 🙂