Eight Fears + Race Weekend!

Happy Friday!

This week has been crazy busy with work (+ training) and I’m glad it’s almost over… I’m exhausted! I have an Olympic distance race on Sunday, the Mass State Triathlon!  I’ve never done this race before, but I hear it’s a good one and tends to have a competitive field. I look forward to racing a ‘shorter’ distance race and seeing how I perform.  I feel like I could do an Olympic Triathlon in my sleep, so hopefully it goes well!  I can’t believe this is my last race before IMMT (holy smokes!). I will be sure to post a race report next week! Wish me luck:)


Continuing with the “10 Day You Challenge” today, here are my EIGHT biggest fears. This is a good topic for me, since I tend to worry about everything in life (my husband can vouch for that).


1. Getting cancer.  I probably think about getting cancer some day, more than the average person, so I think.  I feel like every single day I hear that another person is diagnosed and it really frightens me.  I know that exercising and eating healthy might keep some cancers away, but honestly, you NEVER know… and this is a huge fear of mine. It’s in your cells and it freaks me out, big time.

2. My parents dying young. I worry especially about my father.  He has worked his ass off his entire life, doing manual labor, running his own business… I see how beyond stressed out he is (all the time).  I just get worried about him and his health. I want my parents to live for a long time, and my fear is that they might not.

3.  Oliver (our dog) dying. I want Oliver to live a long life and stay healthy.  He is already a super-fit Westie, but I hear stories of dogs getting cancer or some other disease and this makes me nervous.  He means the world to Todd and I and I can’t stand the thought of him leaving Earth one day

4. Bugs.  I am literally paranoid of bugs, especially spiders. It took me years to be OK with camping, for the mere fact that spiders might go in my tent.  We also live in an older house, and get are fair share of spiders indoors (like last night on the ceiling above our bed!).  I hate them so much and I don’t mind killing them (or any bug… unless it’s a butterfly, ladybug or caterpillar of course).

5. Anything to do with being pregnant and being a mom.  I am really scared of the thought of being pregnant one day… and being a mom. The thought of something living and growing inside me still freaks me out, but I am starting to think more positively about it.  I am REALLY afraid for the changes my body will go through (if I get prego some day), and what my body will look like after pregnancy.  I honestly worry that I will never look the same and this scares me.  I am also really scared of being a mom… I worry I won’t be a good mother.  The thought of our lives completely changing with a child completely freaks me out.

6. Not having enough money to live comfortably. I don’t need to be super rich in life, but I want to be able to buy things I want (within reason) and not be stressed about paying the next bill.  I want financial freedom and I am scared at the thought of not having it.  I know this comes with time, we are still so young, but it is a HUGE fear.  I know that money does NOT bring happiness, but it sure as hell helps.

7. That I’ll never get to live in another part of the country. I am from Massachusetts, went to college in Virginia, studied abroad in Australia, and then came home to Massachusetts.  While I do love it here, and I love having ALL of our family here, there is a teeeeny part of me that wants to live somewhere else.  I have dreams of living in Colorado or Washington… I feel like those places would be a perfect fit for us.  I just don’t want to get old and regret not living anywhere but New England.

8. Not being able to run or do Triathlons. I’m sure you all know why I have this fear, but the thought of not being able to run or race Triathlons, makes me stomach turn.  I’ve been injured, had surgery, taken many weeks off… but it’s never been forever.  If something ever happened to me where I could run or race (let alone exercise) I think I would need to be put in one of those padded rooms in a psychiatric hospital… I would be devastated.

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  • Reply Leslie @ Triathlete Treats July 12, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Good luck this weekend!!! Olys are super fun!
    I think those are totally legit fears! I don’t like roller coasters! I couldn’t imagine if I couldn’t run or do tris either. It would be the worst thing ever!

  • Reply Kecia July 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I completely agree with #2, #3, #5 and # 6 😉

  • Reply Nicole July 14, 2014 at 4:39 am

    All valid fears! I worry about cancer a lot too, especially after I had a mini scare last year with skin cancer – turned out the technician read the slide wrong and it wasn’t but I was under the impression I was going to have to have surgery ASAP for about a week. It was really scary and made me realize how easily everything in your world can change.

    And I really can’t imagine not being able to run or exercise! I would lose it.

  • Reply Kristen @ Glitter and Dust July 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Can’t wait to read about your Olympic Tri – it sounds like you killed it! 🙂 I have the same fears about being pregnant and I’m not sure if I will ever overcome them unless I actually get pregnant. It’s a constant struggle back and forth. I think you should take fear #7 very seriously and move to Washington (or Oregon)… just sayin’. I’m with you on #8 too – took the words right out of my mouth.

    • Reply Kristin July 18, 2014 at 1:48 am

      The whole pregnancy/kid thing is so scary! Glad I’m not the only one… LOL don’t tempt me about the move… I totally want to get out there!

  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles July 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    These are all very valid fears..however, there are some you could totally make happen and if they didn’t work out, you could fix them (fairly quickly) like moving.

    And I KNOW you will make a good Mom if that time ever comes, you are so caring Kristin, its VERY scary (trust me, it kept me up A LOT as Robyn & I talked about it for months before we started trying) but it really is a great experience.


    • Reply Kristin July 18, 2014 at 1:47 am

      Thank you sara:) makes me feel better (seriously!). It’s so scary, but also so exciting to think about at the same time!

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