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Running: Fear

Posted on the 04 September 2014 by Felicakes @felicakes

Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future.  If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now, we are ok. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Nerves and fear are starting to get me now.  My training for my Half Marathon in October is nearing the tapering end. I have manage to run a distance of 20kms once and I am fairly certain that I will be able to make it BUT doubt is slowly showing it's ugly head. 

What happens if you can't make it? I don't think you can run the whole 21. something kilometers. What happens if you are the last one or worst, DNF (Did Not Finish)? It's a freaking party in my head I tell you.  Some days, I feel like faking an injury so I don't have to run the distance.  A friend very casually told me that he did not even train for his half marathon and he did it in under 2 hours.  I was floored.  How can this be? No training and sub 2 hours? The dark clouds of fear and doubt came in quick. I am doing all these training runs and I don't even think I can crack the 3 hour mark!

BUT I know I shouldn't be scared.  I know I shouldn't listen to these sort of talk in my head because it's not going to get me anywhere.  I know I should instead concentrate on the positive thoughts in my head and lastly, I know that fear and doubt is normal. 

Feel the fear and do it anyway. To beat the fear, you have to just do it. - Leo Babauta ~ Zen Habits

 So to Fear, I feel you, I acknowledge you and I will beat you because, I want to get my Medal. I want to be able to feel proud and tell people that YES, I have done a Half Marathon and I am working towards my first Marathon.  I don't care what time I do it in, I will cross that finish line with a smile.

Right now, I am just going to continue with my training and I know at the end of the day, I am going to be alright. I would be so sore, but I am going to be A-OKAY.


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