Race season has started! It seems like every weekend someone somewhere is racing and having loads of fun racing. However, as fun as everything looks, FOMO seems to be seeping into runners’ lives.
Races that have a lottery, races like SeaWheeze and runDisney that sell out in seconds, and races that have deals a year ahead as a steep discount contribute to the feeling of pressure and anxiety to sign up for a race you may or may not actually want to run. However, the madness and frenzy that surround the idea of going to a race with all your friends can be overwhelming. No one wants to miss out on what’s the potentially race of the year.
Instead of focusing on ourselves, we end up focusing on what someone else is doing. We focus on how much fun someone else is having. We focus on how much less fun that we are having in comparison.
So what am I trying to say here? Don’t let FOMO make decisions for you! (Seriously, FOMO can make a dent on your wallet haha) Running is different for everyone and while some people can do a half or full marathon every weekend or travel all over for races, it might not be feasible for everyone.
Do what makes you happy! Run for yourself. Pick a run that you want to do and not one that you think everyone is doing. In the end, wouldn’t you rather have fun doing something you enjoy? Getting caught up in a frenzy and signing up for all the races might just end up hurting you than making you happy.
QOTD Have you experienced FOMO? What’s your opinion on it?