Non-Physical Running Injury
by David Bohmiller
(Framingham, MA, USA)
Understanding Non-Physical Running Injury
It is important to remember that not every running injury is a physical one.
Sure, there are the usual twisted ankles, plantar fasciitis, and knee aches and pains. But, there's also the mental aspect of running.
It is important to understand mindset definition, positive mindset, motivation, and inspiration. Even without a physical injury, there are days when the motivation to train just doesn't seem to come naturally for some.
Here Are 3 Items To Keep In Mind For Non-Physical Running Injury
- Optimism - Sometimes things in running don't go as planned. We twist an ankle, have a wardrobe malfunction when our laces break, or we finish the race much more slowly than we'd hoped. All of these things can wear us down mentally. To remain optimistic, we've been fans of great quotes. Here's a fave: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." - Helen Keller
- Growth Mindset - Having a growth mindset means that you believe that positive mindset can be cultivated through affirmations and diligent practice. The mind really does respond much like our muscles do to strength training, and our cardiovascular system does to the energy system development we employ in our running. Believe you can improve your levels of positivity and optimism in the face of challenge, and you'll be well on your way to improved positivity.
- Depression - Depressive episodes can be either acute or chronic. And, even when surrounded by our running communities, many will still feel alone. There are many strategies to help in coping, from massage to nutrition, having an accountability partner to charitable work. Remembering to celebrate small victories along our journey has helped us tremendously. Still, where clinical depression may be involved, it is important to seek the guidance of a qualified professional.
About the Author
David Bohmiller is a runner, biker, hiker, and lover of all adventures. He is also a health and fitness professional, holding a degree in Physical Education & Exercise Science, the NSCA CSCS certification, and the NSCA TSAC-F certification, while managing a Marathon Running site. Hopefully, he'll see you out there on the roads, trails, and mountains some day! Happy Running, all!