Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fear...and Ultrarunning

Ran across this list of phobias in The Bathroom Trivia Book (subtitled Nuggets of Knowledge for America's Favorite Reading Room) and was struck by how many of them had a connection to our favorite sport.

If you have any of these fears--taken to a debilitating level, of course--you could be SOL on the trail:

          Batophobia (walking)

          Homichlophobia (fog)

          Keraunophobia (thunder)

          Mysophobia (dirt)

          Ombrophobia (rain)

 Arguably, some of us actually turn to Ultrarunning because of these fears:

          Ergophobia (work)

          Gametophobia (marriage)

And my favorite fear in real life as a reason to take to the trails:

          Tropophobia  (making changes)

Your mileage will vary, of course.

 

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