If you’re following the World Track and Field Championships, you may notice a few high profile Olympians missing. Around any Olympic year, many high-profile athletes tend to announce their retirement. Lauren Fleshman, Nick Symmonds, and Meb Keflezghi all announced their retirements shortly before or after the 2016 games. My initial reaction is always disappointment; they’re retiring at the primes of their careers when they could still achieve so much more. And they’re professional athletes! Life doesn’t get any better than that! Why give it up? How can they walk away from a dream job?
But as all pro-running retirees end up saying in one way or another, they no longer have the energy and drive to train and compete at that top level. They want to live normal lives not consumed by their sport. In no way am I comparing myself to these great athletes, but I can relate from my own much slower, smaller-scale experience as a full-time runner. Read more >>