Friday, October 7, 2011

Fitness Friday-FOMO Syndrome

Hi all and welcome to another Fitness Friday!!!  We had an inservice today....and by George it was actually useful!!!  I didn't walk away feeling like I had just given away a day of my life I could never get back!!  However this leads to my late posting and link up to Jill's blog hop!! 

Long hours of listening however did allow me to think of the topic of FOMO Syndrome or Fear Of Missing Out Syndrome.  I first heard this term on others blogs and I never thought I had it....until recently.  I find that I join every challenge I can find and run or at least want to run every race I read about.  I love the challenge...yes...but I also don't want to miss out!!  I am atributing this to being the youngest and have a sister who is 6 1/2 years older than me (even though she looks younger than me!!!).  I always wanted to be hanging out with her friends, doing what they were doing.  It even lead to my sister locking me in the closet one day before her friends came over.  Don't cry for me was a huge walk-in closet and I had tons of toys and such inside...I guess the joke was on her!  In high school I was on every team, every club, everything!!  Yeah you see the pattern too??!!!  I guess I always have had FOMO Syndrome!! 

Fast forward to today....we are creating a new district....two are merging and committees are being formed....yeah and up comes FOMO!!!   I can handle that one....I'll find a committee on Tuesday.  Handled....then it comes....a few colleagues are talking next to me about races(they aren't talking about it with me since I am newer and not many know of my obsession love of running)...talking about marathons....and it comes up FOMO large and in charge!  Ahhhhh!!  I want to run another one too!!!  I want to compare aches and pains!!!  But alas it's not my time.  It's just not the right time for my family but that unfortunately doesn't keep FOMO coming up and kicking me in the shins!!

Do you get FOMO?  How do you deal with it??

Oh and MAJOR shout outs to all of you heading off to pound the pavement in Chicago this weekend!!!  Go ROCK Chi town!!!  Are you running a race this weekend?  Let me know so I can wish you a rocking race!!!


  1. I literally just laughed out loud. I TOTALLY have FOMO. 24/7 & 365. I am SO GLAD I am not alone. FOMO sometimes makes me SO NOT PRODUCTIVE because I just mope around feeling like I'm missing something. SO FUNNY. Love this post.

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  2. I am the opposite... a loner at heart and I have to really push myself to join anything and take part in group stuff at all. I wish I were naturally more like you.

    I have enjoyed reading all the posts you did this past week.

  3. FOMO...sometimes I get this fear at the end of the day when I think of all the time I wasted on things that didn't matter or that won't matter years down the road. I get FOMO when I think of the missed opportunity to cuddle or jump on the tramp with my son or the missed opportunity to have a heart to heart with my daughter because I was checking my darn e-mail! :)

  4. Oh yes, oh yes. I've been running just over and year and I've signed up for at least 12 races! Every race I hear about, I want to run! Since my injury I get major FOMO every weekend when I miss a race that I would have loved to be running!

  5. I get this way when my family runs a race without me. I love when we all (dad, sister, sister, and sister-in-law) do runs and races together and I really get a case of the blues and feel like I am missing out when I'm not there.

  6. I have never heard of I guess I have FOMO about FOMO?? Even though I didn't know there was a name for it, I totally have it! It is so hard to fit everything in with time training takes and the amount of money you have to spend on racing fees, etc. I know I have to miss out on some stuff but I still hate it!

  7. Didn't realize I had FOMO but now that you told me about it, oh yeah!

    I missed the turkey trot last year due to a sick daughter. Totally my decision to stay at her side when my mom and husband said I could go run. I did what I wanted as a mom but still bummed I missed the race.

    And guess what, I have to miss it again this year since I will be visiting family in another state. Again, so happy with my t-day plans but so bummed I will miss the turkey trot.

    Definitely FOMO!

  8. I have that syndrome! Not just in my running life but my whole life is consumed by it! I at least have an excuse as to why I'm so busy always and forever!

  9. that's so funny! I don't think I have fear of missing out, maybe it's something like that, where I want to be a part, but at times I'm jealous that like you said, it's not the right time for me. Lately though, I just don't care- I feel like I have enough (at least on the running front) w/ my family. But I am jealous of the swimmers I swim with that get to go to abs class after practice. I'm always rushing to get home in time for bill to leave.

  10. When i was younger I think i suffered from FOMO syndrome. No more. I have lots going on all the time. Our time will come :)

  11. haha I am bad with the FOMO syndrome...I find myself saying I want to do or try everything, and I get so overwhelmed, I don't do any of it and then feel guilty!!

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