Fear… Don’t be afraid!

25 Oct

Each day I encounter people that let fear limit them, they let fear control them and hold them back from being something they could be or accomplishing something they dream of.

Fear is no way to live you must not be afraid of things but yet get excited by the challenge be motivated to attempt the unknown the crazy the hard.

As an endurance athlete, as a coach of endurance athletes we encounter many different fears. I hear athletes say to me I can’t do that, or no way will I try that or really why do I have to run hills today or maybe I’ll be sick on that morning of that track workout because they are scared of what is hard they have the fear of failure and the fear to endure pain. We also as athletes have those people on the outside looking in at us that are scared and live in fear. The people that say wow you wake up and run at 5:30am you run marathon or compete in Triathlon how do you do that? So we have a couple ways I will talk about this today in regards to fear.

1.      Those who don’t do and are scared to try.

2.      And those who do train, race do some hard stuff but get scared of elements within that world, scared to train harder, take on more challenging courses and paces etc…

Let’s start with those scared to even try. Why would you live in fear and live sitting on the couch saying I would love to do a marathon or a Triathlon but man I can’t do that; the people that let the idea of something hard intimidate them and put the fear into them so that they never even try. I can remember when I started down my path of marathon running and Triathlon sure I had some fears but it was the fear and the thought of doing something really hard and crazy that also fueled me and fired me up. If you want to make yourself better and stronger you have to overcome fears you have to be willing to jump off that ledge and go for it.

Sure you will stumble and have all sorts of heart aches and scary moments along the way but you will also have all kinds of success and happy moments along the way. And if you can convince yourself to finally take that leap and try what you are scared of you will find that rush and you will find a major sense of confidence in yourself that will spill over into the rest of your life making you more successful in all you do. Life is short it comes and goes so quickly so don’t let fear hold you back don’t let fear stop you from trying something that from the outside sounds exciting but you are so scared to try that you call it crazy.

Part two; Athletes who all ready do hard stuff but have many fears along their journey.

As athletes who train, set goals and compete a lot we have many fears along the way. I find a lot of fear in athletes to come to me as their coach as say I want to qualify for Boston or run some aggressive marathon time but when I talk to them about what that training looks like or I give them the paces they need to run in order to get themselves fit for chasing that goal they get scared they get scared to even try and run those paces and they look at me like I’m crazy.

Sometimes I as a coach design really hilly routes or say we are going out to do a day of hard hill repeats to work on strength and again the athlete will be scared they will come into the workout even if they try it with a little bit of a negative attitude a more fearful attitude that often can lead to them not really giving their all and finding out what they are capable of. Fear is a limiting factor it controls us and makes us under perform. So when we let fear control us as athletes we most times always underperform and never truly find out what we are capable of what the body could actually accomplish.

One of the best ways to overcome fear is to quit thinking and just do! You need to let your mind go you need to let the body take over and you have to have trust and believe in yourself in the goal and just do it. Fear is just a state of mind and the mind is so powerful it can make us accomplish great things or hold us back from doing great things.  

So as you go through life try and let go a little try and work on overcoming your fears jumping off that ledge and chasing success and your goals. Life is so much more exciting when you do this!


Happy Training, and Happy chasing goals and overcoming fear!


Coach MB


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