What Are You Doing?

Headsweats is proud to be the official headwear partner of Team Red White & Blue, a national organization committed to enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.  Currently, Team RWB is completing the Old Glory Relay, in which 59 teams of runners will move a single American flag 3,450 miles across the country from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.  The runners have just passed the halfway point, and are aiming to finish their journey on November 8th, 2015.  This past week, Team RWB Marketing and Communications Director Dan Brostek traveled with the relay team for 6 days across Colorado and recorded his experience.

This is the discussion that happens multiple times a day as we carry Old Glory east across the country.

Relay Bystander: “What Are You Doing?”

Team RWB Member: “We are running the American Flag from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. over 60 days.”

Relay Bystander: “But why?”

Team RWB Member: “So we can have this very conversation.”

Running with the American Flag at any time is an awesome experience. Running Old Glory 3,540 miles through the heartland of America is absolutely surreal. The very image of one individual and one flag, unified in motion, generates questions, curiosity, honks, waves, high fives, tears, expressions of gratitude, and most importantly, the sharing of personal stories and experiences.

Over the course of six days I traveled with Old Glory from Telluride to Colorado Springs. I experienced some of the most epic scenery this country has to offer, and against that backdrop I’ve witnessed everyday Americans coming together from all over the state and country with a single mission…move Old Glory forward…one step at a time.  

And in these steps is where something truly magical happens. These steps create stories, and these stories create connections.  Given the time, I could write a short book on my journey with Old Glory through Colorado. Instead, I will highlight some of the unique experiences I had over the course of six days and more than 350 miles from the San Juan Mountains through the Arkansas River Valley to the Front Range.

There was a moment of total serendipity as I witnessed a few Team RWB members meet a complete stranger on our way into the small town of Ridgway only to learn that they were all involved in the 1989 Panama invasion. It was absolutely captivating to hear their stories and see them recount those harrowing experiences.

I experienced a moment of uncontrollable laughter when I learned what happens to a runner when you get too close to a cattle truck coming around a curve. You can use your imagination on this one. Bottom-line, it’s funny…unless you are the runner.

We had CDOT workers serenade us with the National Anthem as they paused their blasting for a few minutes so our runners could bypass the construction work and continue moving Old Glory up Monarch Pass.

I heard amazing stories from veterans, civilians and active duty members about how they found Team RWB and the impact the organization is having on their lives. One individual lost over 120 pounds and made fitness a priority in her life. Another individual shared his story about getting clean and battling his addictions. Another veteran with over 25 years of service talked about dealing with the struggles of readjusting to civilian life. Many commented on how they found the camaraderie that they had been seeking since they left the military. Some shared their Faces of Old Glory…personal stories of their grandfathers, uncles, sisters, cousins and friends that have positively impacted and shaped their lives. And some folks just liked the awesome red shirt and wanted to join the team, and in doing so found so much more.

I witnessed people testing their physical and mental limits as they pushed through the heat, altitude and rain to ensure Old Glory continued to move forward.

My favorite experience of all was the handoff…that split second in time when the energy and power of Old Glory transitions from one runner to the next. Having both witnessed and experienced “the handoff” hundreds of times, I still find it hard to put into words how moving this experience truly is.

“So what are you all doing out here?”

Well, we are creating connections…we are sharing stories and experiences, and in the end, we are uniting around a shared goal to enrich the lives of our veterans.

So as the flag continues to move east, take an opportunity to get involved and experience the relay firsthand.  You can still register as a relay or virtual runner and you can donate to help grow the programs that Team RWB is delivering in communities across the globe.  Visit OldGloryRelay.org to learn more.


*Blog post and photos courtesy of Dan Brostek

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How Far Can We Go?

The ultramarathon – a distance attempted by few and questioned by many.  But for Headsweats employee and ultrarunner T.R. Maloney, the ultramarathon represents a journey into an entirely different realm of physical and mental capacity that makes every step worth it.  Follow T.R.’s ultrarunning journey as he prepares for his next ultrarunning venture – a 24-hour ultramarathon!

I guess it’s the unknown of what is going to happen that keeps me wanting to do it again. I love all distances of running, but when you pin on a number knowing it’s going to be on your chest for 100 miles or more you’ve opened a door to another level – both physically and mentally.ColdRun Leadville, 2012 at 2:00am. I’m losing it. I keep seeing cars in the dense forest and monsters hiding behind trees. My pacer is beginning to worry I’m delirious and seeing things. We’ve been chugging along for hours and I’ve fallen asleep once already while running. Luckily, he grabbed me before I headed off the side of the mountain.

Soon we hit the next aid station and I’m eating mashed potatoes out of my friend’s hands like a bird and panicking about my time. My pacer looks at my wife and tells her “He’s so gone it’s scary.” I push through the delirium for another couple hours and finally the cold black sky starts to break into a burning orange on the horizon. Hope is alive and I keep marching to the finish line to collect my Leadville 100 belt buckle.

LV50 Finish

That’s the attraction for me. How deep can I goand come back? I’ve run 50’s and 100’s while losing toenails, skin, and my mind, but my legs kept moving forward. In my darkest hours my legs just wanted to keep going. It’s magical and terrifying at the same time.

This time I want you to take the journey with me on a virtual level. On October 17th I am going to start running at 8 a.m. and I won’t stop until 8 a.m. the next morning. It’ll be 24 hours of foot pounding, mind bending insanity. I’m going to toe the line in my Headsweats Performance Trucker and see what I have in my body and mind that day. It could be glorious…it could be a train wreck. That’s the fun part. We won’t know until it happens. It’s a 24-hour party and you are all invited.

TR hat

Headsweats is going to cover the event from the days leading up to the race and through the duration of the event. There will be tweets, videos and photos of all the action. Your input and comments will be read to me at the aid station stops so make them good and I’ll reply back! With your help I think we can have some fun and show the running world how it’s done the Headsweats way!

So fire up your computer or grab your smartphone and join me on October 17th as I take on the St. Pat’s 24 Hour Race in South Bend, Indiana. You can follow the action at #Headsweats24 – I’m counting on your help!

TR Maloney
Ultra Runner

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Headsweats Launches #HeadsweatySelfie Contest

One of the coolest things about working at Headsweats is getting the chance to see and share photos of all of our awesome fans rocking their favorite Headsweats gear out on the road, trail, or wherever!  So, we decided to launch a new social media contest to allow our fan to take their Headsweats photo ops to a whole new level! Here’s how the contest works:

1.  Take an awesome selfie in your favorite Headsweats
2.  Post to your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the #HeadsweatySelfie hashtag
3.  Be entered to win a FREE piece of Headsweats headwear!

At the end of each month, we will pick 2 #HeadsweatySelfie winners to receive the prize.  Not sure exactly what a HeadsweatySelfie is?  No worries – our awesome team of Headsweats Ambassadors is on hand to show you how it’s done!


Good luck, and we can’t wait to see all of your awesome HeadsweatySelfies!

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Can You See Me Now?

At Headsweats, we love bringing our fans new headwear in bold, bright, and beautiful colors and patterns!  While we’re all about aesthetic innovation, we want our fans to know that there is also a bigger purpose behind our bold headwear – your safety.  In a world in which motor vehicles rule the roads, runners need to make sure they’re being seen by motorists from far away, especially during the evening and on high-traffic roads.  While we love creating headwear that helps you express your personal style, we love it even more knowing that it’s keeping you safe and seen out on the roads.  

Headsweats Ambassador Jody Marr wrote a wonderful blog post about why she wears brightly-colored Headsweats to stay safe on runs.  Here’s what she had to say:

I was super pumped to get a package in the mail last week. My Headsweats Ambassador swag came in! I ordered blue and orange Race Hat’s and a Woman’s Reversible Beanie.  So stoked to get a light weight beanie to keep my head and ears warm, as I have been wearing some that are just not meant for running.

I was also stoked to get some new race hats in different colors.  When he saw my cool hats Bill asked “Um, why orange?”

Well, (steps on soapbox), for starts, I like crazy colors. Lime, orange, bright yellow are all colors that I enjoy, but the main reason is, I want to be seen.  Not for narcissistic reasons, but for safety.

There is this 4 way stop that is my arch enemy.  I have almost been hit there at least 4 times. One time was so bad, I actually had my hands on the hood of the car when they finally came to a stop.  I might have yelled out “Stop, Stop STOP!!!”  and waved my Italian hands in protest. The reason this light is so bad (and probably every other one in this city) is because people are so focused on the light turning green and getting where they need to be, that they do not obey the other signals and laws…..those being the pedestrian light and the law that says they must yield to the actual pedestrian that could be in the road.

The law in Texas clearly states:

Sec. 552.002. PEDESTRIAN RIGHT-OF-WAY IF CONTROL SIGNAL PRESENT. (a) A pedestrian control signal displaying “Walk,” “Don’t Walk,” or “Wait” applies to a pedestrian as provided by this section.

(b) A pedestrian facing a “Walk” signal may proceed across a roadway in the direction of the signal, and the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to the pedestrian.

(c) A pedestrian may not start to cross a roadway in the direction of a “Don’t Walk” signal or a “Wait” signal. A pedestrian who has partially crossed while the “Walk” signal is displayed shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety island while the “Don’t Walk” signal or “Wait” signal is displayed.

What this means is, if you are turning right, and have a green light this does not mean “GREEEN! Must step on accelerator and get to where I am going 5 seconds earlier!”. It means “You may proceed IF there is no one in the crosswalk”.


HS Ambassador Jody Marr shows how her orange Race Hat helps her stay safe and seen at a busy intersection she often runs across.

Most people do not watch for pedestrians.  I can vouch for that, having had so many “OMG I’m  going to die” moments running and on my bike.  The focus is on the light turning green and they proceed through without looking, hence my near misses.  I wear bright colors so cars can see me and don’t run me over, which increases my exercise satisfaction immensely.

Basically what you need to know is this:

Green light = look for pedestrians.  If there is someone there, you MUST WAIT AT THE GREEN LIGHT UNTIL THEY CROSS.  I know, stopping at a green light! is agony,  but those things walking upright on two legs are called people and your car colliding with them is no bueno, so cool your jets.

If there is no one there, you may carry on.

Make it your new habit if you are already not doing so.

Remember, that person you might mow down in your hurry to get through that light very well could be me.


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Headsweats Brings Bold New Styles to Athleta Spring ’15 Catalog

Back in September, Headsweats received the opportunity of a lifetime when our headwear got to take the stage at New York Fashion Week!  Women’s active clothing brand, Athleta, worked with us to create special sublimated Race Hats and Trucker Hats for their Spring ’15 line.  At Athleta’s first-ever fashion show, Crush of Adrenaline, the sublimated Race Hat made it’s glorious debut!  Needless to say, we were stoked!

After months of anticipation, the Athleta Spring ’15 catalog featuring the new headwear finally arrived at our office!  Check out the awesome images and pick up the Athleta catalog for yourself!


The Athleta Spring ’15 Catalog is here!


Check out our awesome trucker with special colors designed just for Athleta!


Another cool trucker color!


This is that hat that hit the stage at the Crush of Adrenaline show!

We hope you love the new designs just as much as we do!  We are thrilled to be partnering with Athleta and hope we’ll be making many more awesome headwear designs for them in our future!


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Headsweats Ambassador Spotlight: Penny Comins

Last week, Headsweats Ambassador Penny Comins embarked on a new racing adventure – the Tarawera Ultra Marathon, New Zealand’s most prestigious ultramarathon.  Running 85 km through stunning New Zealand and Maori tribe land, Penny raced to a 2nd place overall finish!  Here’s her recap of the event:

‘How is this pace? You just let me know’. Jo McVeagh, my pacer, asks. I look down at my Garmin; it’s ready 4.32 per kilometer pace. ‘Yep, we are going good.’ With 20 kilometers to go of the 85 I need to complete to get from Kawaru to Rotorua in the Tarawera Ultra Marathon I am feeling pretty strong. In fact stronger than I had ever thought I would. I am running in to a distance I have never seen on foot before. I keep telling myself it is just a few laps around Richmond Park left to go. I can do this distance.

1,150 started in the dark at the base of the famous Redwoods Forest, home to the World Cup Mountain Bike Tour. Each athlete is on their own endeavour to do something amazing over one of three distances; 60, 85 or 100 kilometers. The Tarawera Ultra Marathon is the second race in the Ultra Trail World Tour and as a result has attracted a credible international field.  My running shoes toe the line with the worlds best; Nuria Picas, Ruby Muir, Ruth Croft, Dylan Bowman (who went on to smash the 100km record in 7h44min) and Jorge Maravilla and Pau Bartolo Roco, the guy I saw win the CCC race just last year.



My journey is all about 1. Finishing the 85km to get two more points needed for CCC and 2. Keeping it at seven out of 10 effort all day. Straight off the gun I felt like pulling faces similar to the Maori send off we had. Think Haka tongues before an All Black rugby game. My legs were clogged and I had a tight groin, despite all the build up of massage, chiro and wee runs.

Instead of dwelling on these niggles I just kept thinking ‘is this seven out of 10 effort?’ and powered on. Starting at the front meant a lot of people passed me as we headed out of the Redwoods and around the Blue Lake. I didn’t let this whipping deter me, as I knew it was better than being stuck in congestion if I was further back.


The moon was still up as we left the Blue Lake and crossed a hilly section to Lake Okareka. The support popping out of the bush was immense. This contrast to quiet, soulful time in the bush and loud support from the locals was a fantastic motivator. The scenery was stunning and as I popped out of the bush sections I could feel the heat of the sun rising. Perfect, just how I like it – hot!

It wasn’t until I scoffed a Nutella sandwich at Okataina Bay that I realised I was actually hungry. I downed another and some ice cold ginger beer. Such a simple pleasure brought immense joy and much needed speed. Spotify shuffling songs in my ears, I went up a gear and FLEW. My feet hardly touched the ground. I had Killian feet and felt on FIRE. Go the Nutella.


A split second later I was holding on to the side of the path by finger tips. Only water below, perched on a wedged punga log was not the flying I was wanting to feel. After a feeble ‘heeelllpp’ to passing feet I was being dragged out. Relieved to back on the track and only slightly bleeding I carried on with the same velocity.

At Humphries Bay I knew I was past the technical stuff and soon I would pop out at Tarawera Falls, both stunning in vista and exciting in the people I would see. I would pick up my pacer Jo and have the end in sight. I only slightly noted that the results on the board showed all the other distances first to third, yet Woman 85km was blank. I asked and got a nonchalant response from the volunteers.


Seeing Jo and my coach James Kuegler was another story. Not wanting to ruin my plan James just said ‘I was running a good race and to keep the pressure on’. I looked knowingly at Jo as I changed shoes and said through steely determination ‘We are passing everyone we see!’

We ran the last 25 kilometers through undulating private forestry roads like we stole something. A true testament to my age old belief – the body does what the mind thinks. Even after the finish line smooch with hotty race organiser Tim Day I was in denial that I had finished the task and placed second. An amazing experience that is still sinking in.

Imagine what CCC will be like! I get tingles just thinking about it.


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Headsweats Announces 2015 Ambassadors!

Headsweats is thrilled to announce the final roster for our 2015 Headsweats Ambassador team!  Selected for their leadership and accomplishments in their chosen disciplines, this year’s roster includes 30 individuals and four teams competing in sports from running to rowing and triathlons.  Our Ambassadors come from throughout the United States and include men and women who have competed in everything from local 5K’s to full Ironmans®.

This year’s Headsweats Ambassadors include the men’s club rowing team from Boston College; Penny Comins, a triathlete who has competed in 18 Ironmans, including Norseman and the 2014 World Championships in Kona, Hawaii; and Justin Gillette, a father of two who is chasing his 100th marathon victory.  This diverse group of athletes will represent Headsweats while training, at the races in which they compete, and through their online presence. In addition, our ambassadors will be instrumental in testing and supplying feedback for future products and designs for the brand.

The complete roster of 2015 Headsweats Ambassadors includes:  Smitha Arons, runner; Stuart Barrington, multisport endurance athlete; Boston College Men’s Crew team; Jen Boudreau, runner; Anthony Chan, triathlete; Bryan Cichon, runner; Penny Comins, triathlete; Kim Cowart, runner; Chris Day, triathlete; Joe Dean, ultrarunner; Aaron Freesmeier, runner; Justin Gillette, runner; Danielle Hastings, runner; Andrea Hipps, triathlete; Dustin Hinton, triathlete; Ironworx Multisport, triathlon team; Nicole Kesten, triathlete; Hideki Kinoshita, runner; Otto Lam, runner; Bryan Lamb, multisport endurance athlete; Erin Lockwood, triathlete; Jody Marr, multisport endurance athlete; Mixed Nuts, adventure racing team; Felipe Mora, triathlete; Carson Phillips, runner; Kris and Mindy Przeor, runners; Amanda Remlinger, triathlete; Ed Shepherd, triathlete; Lisa and Lucas Smelser, triathletes; Team Tecnu, adventure racing team; and Michelle Thomas, triathlete.

For more information on Headsweats Ambassador program visit www.headsweats.com/pages/headsweats-athletes.html.  We couldn’t be more excited to see what this year has in-store for our ambassadors!

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Headsweats Debuts Exciting new Collections at Winter Outdoor Retailer and PGA Show

From Utah to Florida, Headsweats’ newest products and designs are making headlines!   Last week, the Headsweats team debuted the bold and bright Loudmouth Collection at the annual PGA show.  2,000 miles away in Salt Lake City, Headsweats debuted the latest and greatest for Spring 2015 at the semi-annual Outdoor Retailer show.  From Loudmouth hats and visors, to a rockin’ line of performance truckers, to new sublimated headbands and shorty’s, guests were wowed by the bright new colors, unique designs, and exciting new updates!  Here’s a sneak peak at what went down behind the scenes at the shows!

In Orlando, the Headsweats team got Loud & Proud in the Loudmouth booth:



Loudmouth founder “Woody” gets interviewed in his Headsweats hat!


A Headsweats staff member gets an official Loudmouth makeover!

Here’s a clip of the Loudmouth booth in action and an exlusive interview with Loudmouth founder, Woody!  We spy some Headsweats:  http://www.pgatour.com/video/2015/01/23/2015-pga-merchandise-show-fashion-exclusive–loudmouth.html.  Meanwhile, in Salt Lake City, the Headsweats booth was buzzing!


New sublimated Trucker Hats!


Headsweats booth staff models the new Performance Trucker collection.

Both shows were a HUGE success, and the Headsweats crew had a blast!  We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the year!

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How to Make (or Rethink) Your New Year’s Resolution

Headsweats Ambassador, author of “Triathlon for the Every Woman” and “Swim Bike Mom” blogger Meredith Atwood explains you may want to rethink your race resolution if you’re a newbie or aspiring triathlete.

I have always been a bit of a disaster when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Here’s how the process has gone for me in the past: Walk into grocery store. Scan magazine racks. Choose issues with teaser lines promising “Six-pack Abs,” “Marriage of Dreams,” “Job that Means Happiness, Wealth and Retirement!” Pile magazines high in arms. Bump into something while shuffling to check out, creating a “clean-up in Aisle 7” scene with magazines strewn everywhere. Skulk out of store, fuming and embarrassed.

Despite my less than graceful magazine procurement, I would remain hopeful as I returned home with my stack of glossy periodicals to assist with my ambitious New Year’s resolutions. One by one, I would read the articles, dog-ear the pages and make furious notes about my steps for making and keeping my resolutions. But sure enough, I’d start to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of losing 10 pounds in 10 days. Especially when I needed to lose 30 pounds by tomorrow. I also realized that the 1,204 daily crunches I planned to start on January 1 would clearly result in nothing but lower-back issues. And this perfect career? How in the world was I supposed to get that cracking by New Year’s?

So there I was, before New Year’s had even started, donating the magazines to the elementary school for paper doll crafts.

Then, I would turn to my last resort—the trusty Resolution List that I vowed to keep and execute perfectly. I loved my Resolution List, but over the years, the List became a bit like the movie “Groundhog Day.” It always began with “Lose that weight. Forever.” Yes, that would be the same weight that I am still wearing on my body today. The weight that I have gained and lost for the past 15 years. Up and down, up and down—I am the poster child for yo-yo dieting. I joke with my family, “You never know if Meredith is going to show up fat or thin to the holiday gatherings! It’s a surprise!” But this year? Well, this year will be different!

After a weight-loss pledge, my List outlined 5K races that I vowed to finish, and Mean Girls at work I promised to win over. At some point, the definition of insanity popped into my head—you know, doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result—and I began a new approach to my so-called resolutions.

Maybe you’ve fallen down in the grocery store, clutching the “30 Days to a Rocking Body” issue. Maybe you’ve even asked yourself, “What’s the point of all this resolution making?”

When it comes to resolutions, we are all a bunch of rookies taking steps to realize new, scary promises to ourselves. Some of us scribble down triathlon race schedules as a part of our resolutions: This year, I will do my first triathlon. This year, I will finish my first iron-distance race. Each resolution reflects a “beginner” in some way. Making a resolution to finish a race, in theory, is great. But if that particular race doesn’t pan out for whatever reason, then it’s easy to feel as if the journey, however long, was a failure. Also, focusing simply on finishing a race can sometimes cause a beginner to be ill-prepared for the race and not train as hard. “If I can just crawl across the finish, then I will be a triathlete.” Or, my personal favorite: “I sure hope I can handle open-water swimming for the first time on race day.” (In some cases, throwing a Hail Mary for a single race in order to keep a resolution is downright dangerous.)

Sometimes, when we focus on that one “I have arrived as a triathlete” race, the reason behind a whole-hearted, life-changing dream gets lost in the shuffle. In 2010, part of the reason I started triathlon was to save my life. Truly. I was working 75 hours a week with children under the age of 2, and looking at this unhappy, fat stranger in the mirror each morning, wondering, “Who the heck is this woman?” I was close to losing my mind. Tackling triathlon and learning how to swim, bike and run was a journey, one that was not seeking a perfect “resolution-style” me. Rather, it was the search and pursuit of a better version of myself.

The day-to-day workouts, foam-rolling and true diligence in the wee hours was what has carried me along. Training consistently was the real resolution, the one thing that I diligently pursued—and the thing that made me better. In turn, race days became celebrations of all the hard work that I put in behind the scenes.

This January, if you find yourself making your own Resolution List, try this:

This year, I will be a triathlete.

Maybe add other caveats: I will be the best triathlete I can be. I will share my healthy lifestyle with people I care about. I will train hard. I will take rest days. I will not eat garbage and wash it down with garbage soda and a side of garbage dressing. I will perceive myself as a swimmer, cyclist and runner, even if I don’t feel like one right now.

Making the resolution to become a triathlete was the stepping stone for the true start of my life. I did not make a resolution to do a single race. I took on a promise for a new life, and went after it. I became stronger and faster and more adapted to the sport—though by no means someone who is super-fast (or super-adapted, for that matter).

Being a triathlete has become a way to stay healthy, semi-sane and goal-oriented in other areas of my life, too. I’ve become a better person because I have this wonderful outlet, peppered with awesome goals, races and people.

Of course, those perfect-life promises and six-pack abs appeals may continue to catch my attention while cruising the grocery store aisles. But at least now, I’ve got my eye on the real prize.

Read more at http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/01/training/make-rethink-new-years-resolution_111232#hKeilFTKHLiG8Efk.99

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Fighting FOMO in 2015

2014 Headsweats Ambassador Danielle Hastings explains the concept of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), and why she’s determined not to let it control her race schedule in 2015.

Most years, I make some type of fitness-related New Year’s resolution. Whether it’s setting a PR at every distance, running X number of miles, or working out a certain number of days per week, it’s a common theme. This year, my resolution is still fitness-related, but a little different. In 2015, I’m dedicated to fighting FOMO – Fear of Missing Out.

Have you ever signed up for a race just because your friend did? Have you trained for a distance you weren’t all that interested in running, participated in a cross training activity you didn’t care for, or gone on a trip that didn’t appeal to you, just because you didn’t want to miss out? I definitely have. In fact, for the past few years, many of my running and fitness pursuits have been guided by what the people around me are doing.

This isn’t always a bad thing. I’ve had some amazing trips, races, and memories with my 679877_10151206126639681_1326276712_o-519x420friends. However in between, there have been plenty of races I was “meh” about, more than a few training plans that made me more stressed out than fit, and a Zumba class or two that made me question my sanity.

When I started running, it was an activity solely motivated by my need for stress relief, and I did it alone. I ran however many miles I felt like at whatever pace I felt like. I picked the races I wanted to do. Somewhere along the way, I started making a lot of friends who ran, too, and I hated the idea of being left out of the things they were doing. I loved hanging out with them so much that I started caring more about that than about whether I was actually enjoying whatever activity it was that I was doing.

This year, I only have one resolution – only do the things I really want to do. I’m determined not to sign up for races, start training plans, or do anything else just because my friends are doing it. In order to fight FOMO, I’m going to ask myself one simple question: Would I do this race/training plan/cross training activity/etc alone? If the answer is no, I probably don’t really want to do it. I think this one simple question will save me plenty of stress, frustration, and money in the New Year, but only time will tell!

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