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Your Running Fears
Alright, question time. What are your top running fears?
I imagine a lot of newer runners would say at least one of these five:
- “I’m afraid running will feel awful and I’ll feel stupid.”
- “I’m afraid I’ll give up and walk, disappointing myself.”
- “I’m afraid I’ll get hurt/re-injured.”
- “I’m afraid I won’t be fast enough.”
- “I’m afraid of what other’s will think.”
Actually, 3 & 4 apply for seasoned runners a lot as well. If you’ve been running awhile, though, you’ve learned to deal with some or most of these fears. This is huge because…
You have nothing to fear!
In a previous series about FEAR ZOMBIES, I explain how the majority of things we fear are not real. They’re mostly imaginary what-ifs and what-thens. Still, we constantly choose to let these “fears” paralyze us and keep us from really living and doing the things we know we should do.
Running Over Your Fears
I’ve had every single one of those 5 fears at some point in the last 7+ years of running. It took some time and lots of pep talks before I ran them all over, but you know what? Once I had run over a fear, I realized it was all in my head. And the next fear? Turns out it was all in my head, too. And the next one and so on….
While I now have new and different fears (less about running & more about life and motherhood), running has given me lot of experience in recognizing fears for what they are and not letting them stop me from moving forward. It’s just one of many ways God uses running to reveal truth in my life.
Sometimes I take my fears with me on a run. Just so that I can “run over them”. The physical act of running reminds me that fear is a lie and that God has given me power, love and self-discipline instead.
Try taking one of your big fears with you on run. Remember God’s promise in 2 Timothy 1:7. Then run down that fear, run it over, and run through it to the freedom on the other side!
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