Being a mom is making me smarter. I read and research about things that I want to teach Brooke and then realize as I am learning about these ‘skills/traits/habits’ that I want for Brooke that I actually need work on them myself!
Resiliency– material’s ability to resume its shape or position after being bent, stretched or compressed.
(Picture from a REALLY bad race for me)
Resiliency is probably one of the most important things we can learn in life. Bad things happen to every single person on earth but how we handle these situations and bounce back is really what determines how happy we are. How we come back from a set-back is so important.
Non-runners don’t always understand how traumatizing/depressing/frustrating running injuries are for us or how doing poorly in a race that we have trained so hard for can be really difficult on us.
Obviously there are way worse things in life that happen than running injuries or having a disappointing race but this is a running (and a food/million pictures of Brooke) blog so let’s talk about resiliency and running.
I was reading an article about ways that we can help teach our children how to be resilient to the bad things in life but let’s apply them to running injuries mkay.
1. If your injury was caused by a mistake in your training (overtraining, not stretching, not fueling properly, too much too soon) then view it as an opportunity to learn how to not make the same mistake again. Realize that sometimes we have to lose a bunch before we start winning. Mistakes and failures are opportunities for us to learn. I think I could officially write a 1,000 page book now about the huge lessons that I have learned personally during different injuries. I think all of us can look back at a hard time in our life and see how much we learned and grew from the experience…. now do that with running the next time you have a set-back.
2. Focus on what you CAN do and don’t focus on what is outside of your control. Stop worrying so much about how long you are going to be injured and how much fitness you are losing because it is out of your control. Do focus on things you can do while you are injured like core work, strength training, stretching, fostering new passions etc. You are in control of your attitude during this time of injury and the things you do to get back healthy and strong.
3. Don’t give up! Remember that 99.9% (I totally made that statistic up) of runners get injured at some point during their running career. It is impossible to avoid all setbacks in life so realize that setbacks are normal and that you can come back to running stronger and smarter!
4. Stop with the perfectionism:) We make mistakes, we aren’t perfect, our bodies aren’t always going to PR and sometimes we quit or get hurt. Our self worth cannot come from being the ‘perfect’ runner and if we think that it does we feel stressed out and overwhelmed. If we realize that we can’t be the perfect runner then when set-backs happen we are able to bounce back much easier!
5. Sign up for another one. If you have a bad race, sign up for another one. First, let your body recover properly but a great way to forget about a bad race is to focus on a new one. I can think of at least 3 races that went VERY poorly and I think every other runner out there can think of at least 1 awful race or run they have had. Realize that it is normal to have a bad race and that we all have them!
6. Praise even your smallest accomplishments. Celebrate the small steps you make in the right direction. When I am positive with myself then it is so much easier for me to bounce back from a hard situation because I am focusing on what I do have, not what I don’t have. We always have two choices: focus on the positive or focus on the negative of the situation….one will make you a lot happier than the other.
Bonus tip: ask people around you for help. Sometimes the best way to get back up from falling is to ask for other people to help us stand up again.
Where was the last place that you went on a road trip?
Have you had a really bad/hard race yet? Which one?
Any tips to add about bouncing back from an injury or bad race?
Anyone dealing with a running injury right now? What is it?