3 random things first:
1. Billy got me the coolest bday present. They are called StickyGrams and they allow you to make fridge magnets out of your Instagram photos. Since I am beyond addicted to Instagram (HUNGRYRUNNERGIRL) I was a little too excited about this present.
2. The toy of the day is the lamb. It hasn’t left her sight yet.
3. I think we should all start buying Easter candy so I don’t feel so alone because I am already searching for my favorite Easter candy.
I read THIS article from Competitor and it is perfect so I wanted to share their main points and what I did during injuries to recover mentally! (I don’t know what is happening in the below picture but it looks like we are injured so just go with it.)
‘An injury is the runner’s ultimate test in mental toughness; don’t let an injury leave you wallowing. Get through it and let it prove just how tough you are.’
1. ‘Venting Frustration’ This was something I probably spent a little too much time on when I was injured with my femur stress fractures (um… I think I made my mom take me to Yogurtland 20 times and each time I vented to her like it was my job). I think it is important to allow yourself a few days to be sad and to talk and vent to other people before you can move on. It is normal to feel upset and frustrated when you are injured but it is your choice how long you allow yourself to mope. You can choose to be sad and angry or to do everything in your power to recover quickly and come back a stronger runner.
2. ‘Getting Proactive’ After I let myself mope for a while I decided I was going to do something about my situation. I was going to swim my heart out (in attempt to keep up my cardiovascular fitness). I really got into working my core and upper body (maybe I should try doing that again) and I did EVERY little thing that my physical therapist told me to do. I also spent the time that I wasn’t running to focus on other passions and hobbies that I don’t normally have the time to do when I am running a lot. “Down time from running while injured is an opportunity to address other weaknesses that, once improved, will ultimately make you a better runner.”
3. ‘In The Short Term‘ This one is HUGE in mental recovery. When my doctor first told me I would not be running for about 3 months because of my stress fracture I thought I was going to pass out. THREE MONTHS! How in the world could I go that long without a sweaty run?! Instead of thinking about three months I decided to just take one day at a time. Try thinking that you just have to cross train today and take it day by day rather than thinking about having to survive working out on the elliptical for the next three months.
4. ‘Looking Long Term‘ It is so easy to get reinjured after coming back from an injury if you try to get back into running too quickly. Take the time that you are injured to come up with a plan to get you back to your old self safely. Read everything you can, talk to other runners, ask your doctor and play it safe for when you DO get to run again.
5. ‘Come Back Stronger‘ Be a bouncy ball!!! You have the choice to bounce back from your injury or be a rock and hit the ground and stay there. I talk more about my bouncy ball theory HERE:) When you get injured you can decide to come back a stronger runner or let the injury defeat you. I spent time reading about my favorite runners that went through crazy injuries (and it is their job to run) and how they came back stronger and SMARTER after their injury. I am pretty sure that almost every runner that has been running for a considerable amount of time has had an injury, it is kind of part of the game but it is up to you how you handle the injury!
How did you mentally recover from any injuries that you have had? Was your injury pretty mentally hard on you?
What are some lessons that you learned from past injuries?
Ever had a Ghirardelli square? Favorite kind?
-Milk chocolate with carmel in the middle.
How often do you get on Instagram? Instagram fan?
-I can’t tell you because I am embarrassed about how often I check the gram.