Another Wednesday is upon us and so is another Wednesday Word from Debbie. This week’s word prompt is fearless. I’m not sure, but she may have had this past weekend’s Ragnar Relay on her mind when she came up with this one. Be sure to click on the button below to see who else is joining in on the Wednesday Word linkup and to link up yourself.
without fear; bold or brave; intrepid
As I mentioned, this past weekend I ran the Ragnar Relay Trail Richmond race on an ultra team. I ended up not running in the dark as much as I was expecting to. But I still had two loops totaling about 10-11 miles that were in the dark.
I am really not a fan of the dark – I keep flashlights strategically stashed throughout our house in case the power goes out. I can’t see as well when it gets dark and I don’t like not knowing what’s around me. I also feel like 90% of the bad things that happen in life always happen at night. But signing up for a Ragnar event is a chance to face your fears and step out of your comfort zone, and that’s exactly what I did this weekend.
Lucky for me, our group had two ultra teams so that we could pair up and have a buddy to run with (Debbie was my buddy). Thank goodness we did, because I really don’t think I could run trails by myself at night. I am a little bit braver when I have someone with me, but I’m still not a huge fan of being out in the dark – especially in the woods. This weekend, as Debbie and I ran together, I was the one leading. Although I didn’t say anything to Debbie about it, this actually made it scarier for me during our night legs. It would have been much easier for me to just mindlessly follow her and ignore the darkness around us. But it made more sense, pace-wise, for me to be the one in the lead and it was good for me. We made it through and although my fear of the dark is nowhere near gone, I definitely know better how to manage it.
I don’t think there’s any such thing as being fearless. Everyone has something that frightens them. But I think we can all embody fearlessness by managing our fears and being brave in the face of them.
Are you fearless? How do you deal with your fears?