I’m finally there. Still run 4-5 days a week just to get a tan and break a sweat. I use to pay attention to the pro running scene and train for races but now I realize I think I was just bored and somewhat lonely.
now I’ve been going out with my friends more and met a girl. Now I could not care less about training for races or what happens in the running scene. At 30 I’m glad I got out of the obsession
I feel like this is a bad sport for someone who struggles with being lonely or sad bc it gives you a false belief that you are doing something important therefore convincing yourself to obsess over the training and letting you mental health be determined by your results
I haven't cared about the pros since I finished my college track career. In my almost 3 decades of post collegiate hobby jogging, I'm all about my personal running and racing and pay no attention to the elites at all. I didn't watch one second of the meet yesterday- I was watching college football.
I quit running around 2016 due to a persistent hip joint issue, and for the first few years I was still interested in elite results, both college and professional.
But I think it was the Covid period that I started to lose interest. I'm not saying it was Covid specifically, more like by that time, I had been out of running for 4 years and on to other things.
I visit here daily and read the front page, so I "know" what's going on, but I don't watch races. Last marathon I watched was probably the Tokyo Olympic marathon. I do watch highlights of important races, like the 3:43 yesterday.
I lost some interest towards the end of last year because I was running almost all the time so the novelty wore off. Then I got chronically injured and didn't run from January to June. I was overtrained so a rest was long overdue but I began to miss it and I missed out on a lot of races and meeting others at the club. It takes so long to build back up that realistically I have lost a year.
I genuinely enjoy running so I have no intention of giving it up but yes I used it as a crux for social isolation. I also get motivated by chasing goals. I still want to finish first at my local park run one day.
I stopped following the elite level pros about two years after my college eligibility was over. I still run some but not much and I never race. I enjoy a lot of other things now like hiking, road and mountain biking, and don't keep up on it that much anymore. Oh, and I didn't watch the DL meet in Eugene either.
Around my mid 20s when I started working full time. I still run most every day and race, but I find I only really care about my own running. I still watch worlds, some diamond league meets, some major marathons, occasionally a college championship - I'll probably never get to the watching track once every 4 years level, but with work and my own running there isn't enough time to pay attention to so much track as I did when I was younger (I'm only even on letsrun a lot because its unblocked at work). If a diamond league meet is on and its not at night, on an evening when I have no plans, I will probably miss it. Even on the weekend, I have so little time to do stuff. I don't even know how the super fans stay so up on the sport post college. Then again it seems some people follow ball sports to an excessive level to me too. In my case, I don't think its a lack of interest in the sport though, though I guess compared to all my other interests, maybe it is. It feels more like a lack of time though - except when I'm on vacation I never wake up just feeling like I could do whatever I wanted today like I did when I was in my early 20s