Thursday, May 28, 2009

Diagnosis: FOMO


I received the diagnosis four years ago, after finally reading about it in a July TrailRunner magazine. It is called FOMO, and this dreaded disease afflicted me. FOMO ---Fear Of Missing Out, is affecting my everyday life. I use to be satisfied running 10k's, only to begin longing for 25k's. Then it became 50 milers, then 100 milers, and now, H E L P!! I can spend so much time reading about races put on by Racing the Planet, Primal Quest, and other adventure races that are run all over the world. I have this deep longing in the pit of my heart that wants to experience doing races that are so tough and so incredible that few "normal" people would ever even dream of doing them. Take The Coastal Challenge for example. That race was HARD! It was the kind of race that really let's you know just what you are made of. It shows you how tough you really are. It taught me that I can do ANYTHING. These kind of races challenge you physically and mentally. There is something very alluring about that to me. Unfortunately, these amazing races cost lots of big dollars. I've got the desire, but I don't have the money. What's a poor girl to do?



I am an ambassador for The Coastal Challenge. In January 2010, you can experience a race of a lifetime. It is a 6 day stage race located in Costa Rica in the remote and dry Northwestern coast. You will run through volcanic regions, through inland lakes, windswept highlands, jungle and tropical dry forest. The course is set in Costa Rica's driest area. Terrain: jungle and rainforest trails, rough and winding dirt roads, farm roads and some asphalt; mountain trail and some single track across ridgelines, passes and highlands; beaches and rocky outcroppings or reefs, dry tropical forest and rainforest, open lands including river/water crossings and more... This route is called The Route Of Fire. You can receive 5% off the registration fee by using my promo code. Just write KR10 on either the memo line of your check or the promo code on the online sign up. It's easy and you would be helping me at the same time! What a deal.
Well, I am off to a run to train for I don't know what. I will let you know when I figure that one out.


7 comments:

olga said...

Kelly, I got same disease, and same problem for curing it!!! I am sitting here, trying to figure out how to squeeze a couple more races before Hardwalk, and then get to a few more after, LOL! Hope you get responses and they will help you be back at Coastal Challenge less broken down:)

Iris said...

Love to read your blog Kelly. It inspires us slow folk out there!
Here's something that might interest you...Montana's first 100 miler.
http://swancrest100.com/

Mechelle said...

I think it is a DNA thing and that you should maybe have a garage sale to support your running :) (They are genome sequencing the DNA in my muscle and maybe something causing FOMO will show up there.) At least FOMO keeps us moving!

kelly said...

Hey Olga, I'm glad that I am not alone! I am jealous that you are running Hardrock. What an incredible race. I hope to see you this year, I'm pacing at States, so maybe I will see you there.

kelly said...

Thanks, Iris. I will check out that race. I have never been to Montana, but I hear it is beautiful. I will let you know what I think. Have a great weekend.

kelly said...

You are right, Mechelle. What would we do without FOMO? Lay on the couch and be couch potatoes? No Way!!

Victoria said...

Oh, now there's a name for it!!! I thought it was just me being obsessed and neurotic and not able to sit down and relax for a minute for FOMO. Good to know there's a diagnosis...

p.s. The other race TCC just started putting on is in Panama, in Bocas del Toro which is absolutely amazingly beautiful. Definitely not as challenging as TCC but not a place one would want to miss out on!