I wasn’t afraid of too many things when I was younger. I flew to Switzerland when I was 16 and lived with complete strangers that spoke a different language. Growing up, I regularly went body surfing off the coast of California. And I always drove way too fast on the freeway.
Then I grew up and had a child.
Being a parent adds a whole new level of scared to your psyche. In fact, I think most parents walk around feeling like they’ve been punched in the gut about 90 percent of the time. Then again, that could just be me.
Experts say the stress hormone, cortisol, is linked to belly fat. Could this be an explanation for why people who have kids have a more difficult time losing the frontal flab? Hmm?
Soon, I am getting on an airplane with my friend Zoe and flying across the country…without my family. I can literally feel my stomach getting fatter by the second.
I know people who fly all over the globe all the time. Parents, even. But it is my first time going on an extended trip without my husband and son.
And it scares the shit out of me.
I’m incredibly grateful to be going on this adventure with Zoe to run the Country Music Marathon half thanks to Nuun, and I’m taking comfort in motivational quotes, and also a very timely book I’m reading about writing your own life story.
Tell me about a time you were scared for a running adventure! How did you overcome?
(Correction: The race week isn’t until the 22nd.)