Debbie Hardy’s ankle had fused together: it was bone-on-bone as a result of septic arthritis. For a runner, it was a crippling blow physically and mentally. At the age of only 33, the doctors final words struck home hard: no more running. But that was not the case.
Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) is the social angst whereby one suffers “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent”.
I would suggest to you that it is not just the enthusiast runner, those in the euphemistically named ‘mid pack’ that suffer negative cognitions. Runners of all ability suffer from crises of confidence whilst at a peak of exertion, in trying conditions or when the competition is fierce.
Looking back now life without running seems a long time ago. It’s like that life happened to somebody else. In a way it did. That person would think about losing weight, getting in shape or getting fitter. Now it never crosses your mind.
“Short, dark and handsome, with femininely beautiful calf muscles” was James Kuegler’s response when I asked him, in the midst of a crippling bout of writer’s block, how he would describe himself. “I’m not letting you off that easy” was the next statement. Ok James, point taken.