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Running FOMO

Have you ever felt running fomo? I have and here's how I'm getting over it. | happyfitmama.com

I found myself with this weird feeling as I scrolled through my Facebook feed over the weekend.

It wasn’t over the cute babies -> hell no. They are adorable but I’m all set with kids.

It wasn’t over the tropical vacations. Although that would be absolutely wonderful if I was on one of those right now.

I was having some major running FOMO.

That’s Fear Of Missing Out if you didn’t know.

Running FOMO is nothing new for me. I had it for most of 2015 as I recovered from my running injury. I would get this sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as runners would go past my house on a beautiful Saturday or Sunday morning for their long run. I missed running so much!

In 2016, when I could run again, I didn’t feel too much running FOMO. After letting go of my need for a redemption marathon, I was at peace with running with no plans and enjoying the ability to run again. Sure there were times when I wished I could join friends for a 16 mile long run or there was a really cool trail race at a distance I’d never done before. But it never gave me the FOMO pangs.

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Now that I’m feeling ready to return to racing, that FOMO feeling has already reared it’s ugly head. There’s so many races that friends are running that sound cool. New races, new terrain, new distances – I want to do it all and not miss out on anything.

Last weekend was the first snowshoe race of the season. I couldn’t make it because of kid logistics since it was 1.5 hours away from my house. I really am hoping to do a few snowshoe races this year. It wouldn’t have been a big deal except that all of the snow at my house has melted. The odds of any local races going on as planned have dropped significantly unless we get some serious snow. Which as of right now, doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon. Boo.

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My other FOMO problem? My trusty running buddy, Lori, is trying to convince me to do the Ragged 75 Stage Race in August. When I first saw it, I thought – that would be cool! But then I read into it. From the race description -> “The Ragged 75 Stage Race is a challenging 75-mile race with approximately 13,500 feet of elevation gain that includes very technical single-track, steep climbs & descents, double track, fire roads, dirt/gravel roads & pavement. It’s a point-to-point trail of approximately 25.3 miles in Stage 1 (summiting Mt. Ragged & Mt. Kearsarge), 22.7 miles in Stage 2 (summiting Mt. Sunapee) and 31.5 miles in Stage 3.”

Now I said I wanted to do an ultra this year. But I was thinking more along the lines of a 50k and that’s it. In only one day. I know we wouldn’t be running the whole race. There would be some serious hiking. But three days of hustling on the trail and then camping out at a school to try to recover for the next day is more pain cave than I was hoping for.  My comfort level would be pushed to a whole new level. I know I could hike it. And I know I would be having multiple break downs out on the trail during those three days.

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So why does it still oddly sound like fun to me?!?!?!

I thought about maybe going out to volunteer for a day. But then you know what will happen? I’ll have serious FOMO because I’d want to be running. Lori is a very persuasive person. She sells it so well that while we are running I have visions of going home to immediately register. I love that about her because nothing is too big of a goal according to her. She’s a great motivator and makes you think you can do anything (Even running a BQ race when you are afraid of having another DNF).

So far, I’m holding on to a firm NO for the 75 miler. My fingers are crossed that it sells out before I cave in to peer pressure. Lol! Why am I such an easy going person! :)

Living in running FOMO is no way to live. I’m reminding myself that there will be other races to run. There’s no need to run every race right.now. There will be another race. There will be next year. Racing isn’t going anywhere.

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As someone with the wonderful title of an “injury prone” runner, I need to be extra mindful of controlling my FOMO. I may be feeling good right now, but too much, too soon is never a recipe for success. Running all the miles and all the races will give me nothing but a big DNF. I really liked Laura’s advice of choosing one goal. I want it all but I have to focus on one thing at time. Goal #1 is happening in May.  My focus will be on my training for that.

Eye on the prize.  Eye on the prize. Eye on the prize. 

Repeat after me: Just say no to FOMO.

Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday and the Coaches’ Corner.

Have you found yourself with running FOMO before?

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Last Week’s Workouts

If I could describe last week’s workouts in one word, it would be wacky.

We had such a wide range of temperatures and conditions that each day was different and brought on a new wacky challenge.

Monday

30 minutes on the elliptical followed up with 30 minutes of strength training doing THIS workout + BOSU balance exercises.

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Tuesday

I have a serious bone to pick with The Weather Channel on this day. I checked the hourly forecast Monday night to find out what the temp would be for my run Tuesday morning. It said 13 degrees. Heat wave! Actual: 3 degrees. Ten degrees difference is HUGE! That morning I secretly hoped my friend would text me to cancel. She did text me. But told me to layer up because it was f@cking cold out. Damn.

8 hill repeats going up a huge ass hill (13.81%) that takes over 2 minutes to climb + mileage added on the end for 5 miles total. Oh and I can’t forget the extra 1/2 hill repeat that we did to get back up to our cars parked at the summit. I felt good for the first 30 minutes but then my knees started to randomly get really cold. Those last few repeats were a really hard effort just to get my knees up and down at any pace.

60 minutes of a marvelously wonderful yoga class.

Evening core workout.

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Doesn’t that look pretty?

Wednesday

My favorite Wednesday workout that’s quick and effective:

Run and strength intervals in the basement.

1 mile run. 10 reps each: Single leg deadlifts, fire hydrant, bridge lifts, clam shells, donkey kicks, monster walks, V-up, superwoman, plank (front, each side for 1 min). 1 mile run. Repeat strength.

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Thursday

The run from hell. It was another morning when The Weather Channel was way off on the hourly temps. It was supposed to be mid 40s. Reality: 36 degrees. We were originally aiming for 7 miles if it was going to be pouring down rain. It wasn’t so we switched to 10 miles.

The run started off on the wrong foot.

About 3/4 into the first mile, I realized I hadn’t started my Garmin. At about 3 miles in, the pavement turned to black ice just as we were running down a hill. A big hill. I held onto it for a few steps, hoping that I’d hit a patch of dry pavement. No such luck. The whole road was a sheet of ice. My feet went out from under me and I landed hard on my right hip, knee and hand. My friend was lucky enough to be closer to the edge of the road so she could slide off onto the dirt. That sucker hurt. I haven’t wiped out like that in a long time.

We started up again more cautious and encounter black ice throughout the remainder of the run that resulted in shuffling more than running.

Around mile 6 I started to get really hungry. And tired. And just over it this sucky run.

But wait! It couldn’t end that easily. A half mile from my house I twisted my ankle in a pothole. Gah!!!! Thankfully it was just a twister that I could walk off.

Needless to say, 10 miles did not happen because I ran out of time. I settled for 8.5 miles and called it a day.

I felt off the rest of the morning until I went to Morning Flow yoga. Thankfully my yoga teacher sensed we all need a chill class to work out all our kinks and issues.

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Friday

Redemption run! Thankfully, this run was SO much better. The temps were in the mid 40s with NO ice and no drama. A fun 6 mile run under a full moon that even resulted in negative splits. Boom!

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Saturday

5 easy miles. I kept my total mileage low this week because things are going to ramp up for the next few months. I’m slightly afraid to say the actual words. Let’s just say that I have the date of May 21st marked off on my running calendar.

Morning Flow yoga class that was ahhhhh-mazing!

Sunday

All of our snow melted this past week because of the crazy temperatures. That means no snowshoe running this week. Thankfully, they have been able to make snow at the ski resorts. We spent the day skiing and snowboarding at Gunstock Mountain.

Last week's workouts This almost didn’t happen for me when one of my bindings broke as I strapped in on the very first run of the day. I thought I was out of luck but thankfully the repair guys put a new one on in 5 minutes. Woohoo! Of course, it was the perfectly wacky way to end a very wacky week.

Linking up with Ilka for the weekly wrap up.

How was your week in workouts?

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Healthy Snacking with Somersaults + Meal Planning

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This post was sponsored by Somersaults as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

This year, I’ve got big goals that I want to achieve. I will be working harder than I have ever before. Pushing my body to run fast and to stay injury free requires a lot of upkeep.

One thing that I have struggled with recently is my recovery from hard workouts. I know I should eat something within 30 minutes of a hard workout that lasts longer than 60 minutes. But life happens. I’m a mom who has two kids begging for my attention all.the.time. Or I’m so sweaty from my workout that I only have getting cleaned up in the shower on my mind. I’d say 80% of the time, I miss that 30 minute window.

So this year, my nutrition and recovery are getting a shape up.

As a total and complete snacker, I’m always looking for a good snack. When marathon training kicks into high gear, so does the appetite. Food is fuel.

I usually will grab some fruit with some protein like whole milk Greek yogurt or almond butter before the hangries appear. But sometimes, I need something that I can grab and eat on the run.

A few years ago, a friend of mine asked me if I’ve tried Somersaults yet.

Ummmm…yeah, I’ve been doing somersaults since I was 5.

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She was actually talking about a new snack that was made from sunflower seeds with simple ingredients. She raved about how delicious they were.

Of course, I had to try it after that. While perusing the aisles of Target (my second home), I found Somersaults. It was love at first bite.

Somersaults come in four flavors – cinnamon, dutch cocoa, sea salt and salt and pepper. Being a chocolate lover, the dutch cocoa is my favorite sweet version. But the salt and pepper? When I want savory, that’s the one for me. It’s got a nice kick from the pepper and tastes like my favorite type of potato chip. But way more nutritional!

I like a good crunch. Each little nugget offers just that. There’s a simple ingredient list that has sunflower seeds as the first ingredient (sounds silly but you’d be surprised how often sugar is the first ingredient in packaged snacks). Sunflower seeds are nutritionally dense food, packed with plant-based protein, fiber, vitamin E, and healthy fats.

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All of the flavors are great on their own but are the perfect topping for Greek yogurt and smoothies (cinnamon and dutch cocoa flavors) or on salads (sea salt and salt and pepper).

I’m sure you are wondering – But are they filling? At 5-6 grams of plant based protein and 1-3 grams of sugar per serving, Somersaults stuck with me. I don’t get the hangries when I snack on an individual portion bag between breakfast and lunch. Adding a handful to my Greek yogurt adds more protein and more staying power. They also make a great healthy post workout snack that’s simple to stash in my bag or in the car.

You can find Somersaults at select Target stores and Whole Foods. Check the store locator for availability near you.They are also available online. FYI – you can 10% off your first order from the Somersault website.

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It’s Sunday so it’s Meal Planning day. Here’s what’s for dinner at my house this week:

Sunday: Sockeye Salmon, sprouted brown basmati rice, roasted broccoli and cauliflower

Monday: Slow Cooker Whole Chicken + Roasted Root Veggies

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday!

Wednesday: Butternut Squash Apple Soup + grilled cheese sandwiches

Thursday: Shepard’s Pie

Friday: Pizza night

Saturday: Date night

What’s your favorite on the go snack?

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

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