I am running the La Jolla 1/2 Marathon this month and everyone that I mention it to mentions the steep hill. After hearing enough of people talk "chit" about it I started to gain a nice dose of fear about it myself. They would say "don't even try to run it... just walk it" or "it's so tough but the end of the course is just as hard because it ends with a hill as well."
So I decided I better see for myself before the race.... I noticed a little extra bit of adrenaline pumping even on the flat part before the hill. The fear made me be extra cautious, conscious of my alignment and drink in the moments like they might be the last of my life.... and then I saw the flat part again and said.."that was it?" That was what everyone was talking about?
Perhaps this is how many things are in life? We build up this fear but then it's good cause we are that much more captured by the moment... we are present to the possibility of injury... we protect ourselves and dig deep! This all sounds good to me.... so now I view fear as a good thing... As long as it's not so debilitating that I can't show up and I can logically think things through it's actually an asset.
"A spoon full of fear helps the moment sink in." - JW