Sports Psychology

The Boundaries of Fear

The Boundaries of Fear

Do you ever feel stagnant? Held back by something yet you cannot quite put your finger on it?

Perhaps it is fear: fear of the unknown, fear of failure or even fear of change.

Fear becomes an obstacle in every person’s life at some point. The key is to understand what fear really is, what may be causing fear in your life and how to manage it. In Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now”, he reminds the reader that as long as you are present (live in the moment), fear cannot exist. Fear only exists in the unknown. You are only capable of dealing with the here and now – what is present in this very moment. It is truly impossible to deal with something that hasn’t happened yet. Life becomes simplified when we remember this simple rule. When I begin to feel fear, I remind myself to stay present. What am I faced with at this very moment?

Fear is simply our mind’s way of projecting a situation that has not yet happened…the unknown.

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Kristy has been an avid runner since January 1, 2000 when she accepted a new year’s resolution challenge to run 1000 miles that year. Motivated by challenges, Kristy soon discovered her untapped passion. Never having been an endurance athlete, at first, Kristy struggled to complete 2 mile runs. A Runner’s World subscription became her coach and playing mind games became her strategy to increase distance. After 9 weeks, she ran her first race: a half marathon. Crossing the finish line was a feeling she never anticipated. She was hooked! At month 11, she completed her first full marathon.

Since then, Kristy has completed 10 marathons; Boston, Chicago and Auckland, New Zealand rounding out her top 3. After a sacrum fracture (lower back) in 2009, she led a blind man to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft), swam Alcatraz and challenged herself to an Ironman in 90 days to raise money for childhood obesity never having ridden a bike. Immediately following Ironman Cozumel, she took on the grueling course of Ironman St George.

Kristy enjoys trail running near her home with friends and her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Kingston.

Kristy' training includes;
• Certified USAT Level 1 Coach
• NASM Certified Personal Trainer
• ISSA Specialist in Sports Nutrition.


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