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Dealing with Fear

Dealing with Fear

Originally published on 10-5-10

I didn’t quite burn rubber, but I ate it.

The year was 1996.  I was 13 year old 8th grader, who desperately wanted to be cool and athletic.  However, I was teacher’s pet, played drums in the school band, and wore ladies clothing, an overall desperately nonathletic combination.  Solution: try out for the track team!

Try out day came around.  Heat #01 came and went. Next up, Heat #02. My time to shine had arrived.  8 of us lined up, 1 in each lane.  I even strategized and placed myself in the middle lane.  I thought, I know how to do this, I’ve seen a million track meets, and how hard can it be to run? I set up in the starting blocks.  Ready….Set….PAAAAA!!!!!

One stride…two strides… SPLAT!

It took me a second to realize, I was no longer running.  I had fallen face first into the track and was going to end up scraping the red rubber out betwixt my teeth.   Mortifying!  I quickly resolved that I was NOT a runner and was quite fearful of said mortification.

Fourteen years later, I am a runner. Let’s be clear, I’m no Marion Jones. But I run 4 to 5 times a week, own three pairs of running shoes, and run some races here and there. I have the shirts to prove it. 

Fear never goes away.  If we’re lucky, it’ll be a constant in our lives, and we’ll channel it in positive ways.  “The fear will never go away as long as you continue to grow. “ (Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, Jeffers)

From time to time, let’s deal with our fear and get out of our comfort zone, and push ourselves just a little bit further than yesterday.   Start running with your girlfriends, work the room at an office party, try a new workout class, start the blog you’ve always wanted to start!  With each accomplishment, we will feel exhilarated and our confidence will grow.

Listen, if my 13th year old nonathletic self can grow into someone who is running a relay marathon on Sunday, I know with certainty that you can deal with your own fears and do anything you set your mind to! 


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