This question was posed: “What is your biggest fear about racing/running? What did you do and how did you overcome it?”
When I first started running I was just happy to be able to make it out and back at any distance. I entered races for the BLING and the overall achievement of actually finishing something that I trained for, was the best accomplishment. Once I became more familiar with the aspects of running I began to pay more attention to my training habits and dietary intake (or lack thereof). With that being said, when life happens to stop by every now and then (more now) to flex her muscles that is when the battle begins.
Running to me is something that suits me for the level of exercise that I partake of and like to do. As in my previous post it has helped me through some trying times as it still does. Running gives me a peace of mind but I do have a love/no love relationship (hate is too strong of a word) with it sometimes. I cannot put running in the “fear” category for personally it is not applicable to me. I have no reason to “fear” running, why should I? It is something that I “choose” to do not “have or required” to do. I can put running in the “challenge” category for that what it is every day that I lace up to go out.
I am not a competitor be no means in the area of running except for against myself. I am not an elite runner except to myself for regardless of how slow I am I still beat the person who does absolutely nothing. Fear, I find that as an interesting word to describe when it comes to running because if one has a fear of something that they have a “choice” in doing, maybe they should look to do something else. Now ask me about a challenge, which is something that I can strive to get better at according to my level of expectations.
My biggest challenge is ME for I tend to get in my own way, be my worst critic, and sometimes just talk myself out of things. It has been said that running is 90% mental but in my opinion and how this relates to me it’s about 50/50. It is harder to run (at least for me) when there is a lot of weight to carry (which I have). Weight is my main challenge when is comes to running for they go hand in hand. So the challenge is to get my dietary lifestyle back to a manageable point. The weight needs to come off in order to feel better when I run physically and mentally. Everybody wants a “feel good” story when it comes to running but that is not always possible for everything about running is not always good. A lot of people struggle with running, get caught up in times, pace, speed, walking vs. running, jogging terminology, clothes, shoes, and comparing themselves to others. JUST RUN or don’t!
If you take running for how it is applicable to yourself then that is all that matters. There will ALWAYS be someone faster, better, stronger, etc. than you. I can only deal with myself, and what I want to accomplish in/and with running. I run because I want to and because I can. So yes it is a challenge but I work on these challenges one issue at a time. I keep a journal in order to track my progressions or setbacks for you learn from those too. I have become selective with the races that I run for I have moved to a different level because now races are for me to have fun, strive to do better than the last time, and to meet new people. So, there is no “fear” for me when it comes to running. I enjoy running and when I no longer enjoy it or do not want to accept the challenges then it is time to put away the shoes.