“Identity foreclosure is the result of prematurely and exclusively seeing yourself as an athlete.”
Today I fly solo on the Svelte Yeti Health and Fitness Podcast. As a follow-up to the article I posted last week titled, “Toughest Decision Ever – Pulling Out of the BMO Vancouver Marathon,” I talk today about identity and the dangers of having a myopic view of the self as an athlete.
As I have written many times over, runners are an obsessive bunch. Having a major setback, such as illness, especially when it leads to pulling out of a major event, cause one to pause.
I am viewing my own setback as an opportunity to find alternative ways to contribute the running community (such as volunteering), and also taking this time to self-reflect. Have I allowed other important activities to fall away, activities that bring me great joy? Is running working its way too far into my marriage, distracting my partner and I from more couples oriented conversation? Sure, it is important to celebrate running accomplishments with your spouse, but is running taking over? These are important questions I ask myself in today’s episode.
Important People, Places and Products Mentioned Today
- Tim Van Orden and Running Raw
- Chris Stankovich’s article, “The Importance of Understanding Athletic Identity”
- BMO Vancouver Marathon
- RunVan – Vancouver International Marathon Society
- Boundary Bay Marathon
- MEC Marathon Race #9
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