Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Zero FOMO

When I finished the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay last year I was absolutely relieved that I had completed all the Pittsburgh Marathon weekend races and didn't have to run any of them again. It's not that I don't like the weekend, because I do, I just never have a great race. Ever.

My four years of Pittsburgh Marathon weekend

When the time came to actually register for a spring race I had a mild melt down. All of my friends would be running Pittsburgh. I know the course. Why don't I just suck it up and do a race that I really don't want to do?

These faces <3 

There it was. I said it out loud. I didn't want to run Pittsburgh again. Zero interest. Like at all. 

When I pulled the trigger and signed up for Flying Pig I instantly felt a weight lifted. I made the decision. It's done. Time to go on a new adventure to a new place. 

The only drawback about Flying Pig it is the same weekend as Pittsburgh. My friends will all be here and I won't be. I can't cheer my friends on (which I would have been doing instead of running). Lauren is running her first marathon, Sarah and Matthew are doing their last race before they get married and there are so many other things to celebrate. 




About a month ago I really thought about it and was still at peace with my decision. I was actually starting to get really excited for race weekend. I kept overlooking Atlantic City and focusing on Flying Pig. They have such an amazing build up with constant little reminders about the race. Everything goes along with the pig theme and every single person I have talked to about the race has raved about it. Plus, two of the four races are done in two state! How cool is that?!?

While I will carry all of my friends in my heart that entire weekend, I think I need this. I'm the only one who is on this journey. I need to get back to a point where I am completely confident in myself. Four races in three days will do that for sure. 


I can say with confidence today that yes, I have zero FOMO over Pittsburgh Marathon weekend. I am actually counting down the days until hubs and I leave for Kentucky (where we will be staying). Don't worry friends, I will be stalking all of you for updates and you better be posting pictures the whole weekend. I will be reading all the recaps I can and will be ringing my cow bell for everyone! 

Have you ever skipped town during a big event? How did you deal?


14 comments:

  1. I don't have any accounts so I cannot comment properly :) But this is Kathleen from Chicago. I am totally doing the same thing with the Chicago Marathon this year. I really didn't want to run Chicago this year so instead I'm skipping town and going to Portland Oregon to run the half there the same weekend. Lots of friends will be doing Chicago this year but I just don't want to spend my summer consumed with long marathon training runs :)

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    1. Hi Kathleen! It's like a badge of honor to skip the local race at this point. When I tell people where I'm going they are instantly shocked. Have a great time this weekend!

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  2. This is happening on a smaller scale for me. For the past 5 years I have participated in a local 5K race. It's the biggest race in my city with hundreds of walkers and runners and I realy enjoy it. I won't be running this year because I'll be in San Diego for the Rock 'n' Roll 5K and half marathon. I'm sad to miss the local race but I want to explore new locations!

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    1. Exactly! We only have so many opportunities to travel and have new experiences. Why not take advantage! Hope you have a great race in SD!

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  3. Good luck this weekend!!! I'll be doing 5k & half marathon :) this will be my first time doing Pittsburgh!! After that many times doing Pittsburgh Marathon weekend, I'd want a new experience as well.. don't feel guilty! You will do fantastic & I look forward to seeing your pics on IG :)

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    1. I'm so excited for you Ciara! Enjoy it and have a blast! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  4. Good luck at your race! I think it's smart to figure out what works and what doesn't, and then following through. Why spend money on a race that makes you miserable?!

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    1. YOU'RE GETTING MARRIED! Have a wonderful trip! Can't wait to hear about it!

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  5. Have so much fun here in my city this weekend. I might see you Friday night (I assume you are running the Little Kings Friday?) as that is the only race I am running since I am only a few days removed from my big spring race.

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    1. Yes! I'm in corral B for the mile. Hope to see you!

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  6. I've totally felt this way before too! For the past two summers I have run the Her Tern Half in Anchorage, and I had a miserable time both times. I said I never wanted to run it again, but all my friends are running it and I was trying to figure out how to get out of it! When I got injured I was sad but realized I wouldn't have to run the race, and I knew that on race day it would be the one day where I was secretly happy to not be running! It sounds like you made a good decision on picking a new race, and I'm excited to read all about your experience!

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    1. Thank you so much Kristen! I'm hoping to make some fun new memories!

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  7. Thanks for the shoutout! :) Good luck at Flying Pig this weekend - you will be missed in Pittsburgh!

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    1. I can't wait to hear about it! You got this girl!

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