Running is a scary thing! I don't just mean scary in a sarcastic way. I mean scary as in you never know what is going to happen. As a runner out there on the open road, trail, or even a race, you are in a very vulnerable position. You have miles of the unknown ahead of you.
Here are 5 things that scare me the most about running.
1. The dreaded bathroom breaks. Seriously, I am SO WORRIED that I will have to excuse myself from the race course to make a bathroom break! The only race I've had to make the bathroom stop at so far has been the WDW marathon last year. This didn't really bother me because I wasn't "racing" that race. I am determined to meet my marathon goal next year (or come as close to it as I can) and there is NO time for bathroom breaks. I am not kidding you when I say that I have stressed over this.
2. Being still. Last year when I was preparing to run Disney's Tower of Terror race, I worried that I would get to the start line and not be able to move. I worried that I wouldn't be able to run so I would just have to walk. I think this had to do with the fact that this was the first race I was running post injury. I was running it by myself and it was in the dark. A lot of "firsts" for me. I think it was just nerves setting in. Turns out, that was one of the best races I've ever run. I didn't have to worry about not being able to run. As soon as the fireworks went off, my legs started moving!
3. This creeper van! On my training runs (and walks) this summer, I have seen this van in the parking lot at my favorite park. I end up seeing it at least once or twice a week. I see it every so often parked in different places around town and I have quickly named it " the creeper van". In the year 2015 no one should be driving a van like this unless they are doing an After School Special on "Stranger Danger"
4. Wild animal encounters. Yes, I 've seen my fair share of deer. After experiencing the attack of the snorting deer on my trail run, I can't say that I don't get a little nervous when I see them now. However, I am extremely nervous about encountering bear. When my husband and I first moved to the area, we use to take our Weimaraner for walks on this wooded path near our home. It is a legitimate path/ dirt road but it doesn't get used often. Anyway, one night Scott and I saw a bear running into those woods where that trail is. I had since forgotten about seeing that bear. A few years later, my mom and I decided to go for a run. Because we wanted to stay close to home, we opted to run on the wooded path by my house. About halfway into our run I told my mom the story of how we once saw a bear here. As soon as those words came out of my mouth my heart started racing and I got so nervous. OMG what if we see a bear up here now. I can honestly say that I have never been so scared on a run before. I kept asking my mom "what should we do if a bear chases us"?
5. The Injury. Even when all the training runs go great, there is no guarantee that a pesky injury wont show up on race day. This happened to me during the WDW half marathon this year. I started the race pain free. In actuality I started to get a tear in my eye because I could not believe I was actually doing the race and had no pain! Well that didn't last long. As soon as I crossed the 5K timing mat, it was all over. The severe pinching from my IT band re-surfaced and a lot of limping took place from miles 3.1 to 13.1. You just never know what's going to happen on race day and that my friends is what scares me the most!
Can you relate to any of these fears? -M
We are linking up with the lovely ladies from the Friday Five.