Scaredy cat!

Scaredy cat was what we used to call someone when we were kids if they showed fear, for instance doing a dare, going to ask if you could get your ball out of someone’s garden, that kind of thing.
When I got up on Sunday I knew my long run was coming and I felt apprehensive. I’d planned 11k – further than I’ve ever run before and I realised that I was a bit scared. Why? Fear that I might not be able to do it? A bit irrational given that I did 10k last week. Fear of the unknown, the new? possibly.
I am a scaredy cat.
I realise now, it’s my nature to be safe and stay in my comfort zone and it is there in all areas of my life.
Some people appear to embrace change and new opportunities with enthusiasm and smiles. I need to ‘gird up my loins’ give myself a stern talking to and then get on with it.
I do overcome it, I do do things that stretch me and in the end it is always rewarding. (There are exceptions -windsurfing and scuba diving to name but two, like all cats this scaredy cat doesn’t like the water)
Despite getting older I’m still learning and growing.
But I’m still a scaredy cat!


About mawil1

Hi my name is julie and I took up running at the age of 46! Hence 'mawil' Middle Aged Woman In Lycra. I did it at first because someone asked me to do a charity run with them. I couldn't run at all, but pride wouldn't let me be seen to be unable to run so I started a walk run programme. I stuck with it and to my surprise I found that I liked it- after a couple of weeks of progress I was hooked! My blog is about my progress in running and how I fit it in with the rest of my life.
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4 Responses to Scaredy cat!

  1. joemacgown says:

    Seems like long runs are much easier to do with some else running with you. I find that to be more and more true every year. Good luck with all your training!

    • mawil1 says:

      Thanks for the luck! You always sound like you have fun with your running group. I’ve heard that there are some beginners group near to me so I might look in on one.

  2. I think there is a balance – if you are OK with running then extra distance is just logic LOL
    Don’t try to add too much in one week – focus on how you will feel AFTER you have finished.

    Running as part of a group is very different to running solo – both have pros and cons.

    You should rebrand the “fear” / “being scared” as being “sensibly apprehensive” when you are ready to step up the distance.

    BUT you have done the preparatory work – done the choice of clothes – done the choice of shoes etc – so assuming something upforseen does not happen – there is every likelyhood you will go further. Its a different ball game when you have completed a half marathon etc and then drop your mileage – it is no easier except you know you have done it before (helpful mentally) doesn’t help physically because each time – unless you matain your mileage you have to face this same mental battle with increasing mileage as a longer event or a longer distance is regained.

    Its not good or bad is just a distance!

    • mawil1 says:

      Thanks for your comment. Like you say I had done all the prep, and it was only 10percent so I was surprised to find my self feeling a bit apprehensive! On reflection I realised that that’s just how I am. I think that I spent the first half of my life doing things that I found easy, I was lucky that school and exams were never a problem but I avoided anything that i found too difficult. In my forties I have found that I’ve had to do things outside my comfort zone, stuff you don’t learn at school or university, how to manage people, how to get things done. Running was similar ie difficult and uncomfortable, but easier because it was only down to me! And there was the unexpected side effect that it does seem to help cope with all the stress of the other stuff.
      What makes you run?

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