How Not to Injure Yourself When Running: From an Okayish Runner Who Has a Love/Hate Relationship with it.

One of the biggest injuries a runner can have is their mindset. 😲

Negative thoughts will slow you down just as much as a physical ailment. Running is a sport of mind and body. πŸ’ͺπŸ½πŸ’™

Performance anxiety will halt the potential you have. Ever “freaked” out before a race or practice? πŸ˜–πŸ˜­

Unsupportive words to yourself will slow you down. Get out of your head. 😢

Unsupportive words and lack of encouragement from teammates (or running group) never wins. πŸš«πŸ†

Seeing and using your strengths during practice and encouraging teammates is what makes champions. (Not all of you will have the same strengths, and that’s okay. Using different a strengths together builds a team). 🎽

While running tell yourself something you can improve at, but also two strengths. Share this with teammates who can hold you accountable and give you encouragement. Bonus: ask them to answer these questions about you. πŸ™‡πŸΌπŸ’πŸΌπŸ‘‹πŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘‚πŸ»

Listen to your coach and tell them your goals and thoughts ( negative and positive). πŸ‘‚πŸ»πŸ‘ˆπŸ»πŸ‘¨πŸ»

Your coach is smart. If they say easy run then complete this task. If they say race speed then give it your all. Not listening to what your coach says during training will produce injury. You don’t have to be perfect and go all out in everything you do. (Unrealistic) βœŒπŸ»οΈπŸ‘‚πŸ»

Listen to your body. Once I had a friend who was cross training with yoga. “I’m fit; I can go further”. They tore a hamstring. πŸ˜– It’s important to be realistic. Yoga is not racing. It’s to stretch and give your body a chance to recover from actual training. πŸš£πŸ»πŸŠπŸ»πŸ‹πŸ½πŸš΄πŸΏ

Be realistic when you are pushing yourself. Don’t go over that limit. Again, listen to your coach. Ask, “How can I increase my speed”. They may have a workout they recommend you do on your own (it may look different for different people.) You have to practice at it. Not being realistic will produce nothing lasting. It doesn’t have a foundation to stand on. πŸ‘ŸπŸ™‡πŸΌπŸ’πŸΌπŸ‘¨πŸ»

Your running will suffer if you aren’t enjoying what you are doing.
It’s important to have fun while training. Some practices you won’t enjoy πŸ‘€, but remind yourself three reasons why you love the sport during these tough times. βœŒπŸ»οΈπŸ‘ŠπŸ½πŸ€˜πŸ»πŸ’™πŸ€—

Positive mindset can not be achieved on your own. πŸ‘₯Β You have to communicate with other people about training and the negative thoughts you may have. πŸ—£ Before you can encourage others you must be encouraging yourself. ☝🏻
Remember your strengths and 2 positive things. Also, One thing you can work on. Share this with teammates. Ask them what they see in you. πŸ‘€
It is important to be physically training in the manner that your coach asks you to. πŸ‘€Everyone has different strengths, and areas they need to work on. πŸ’ͺ🏽Putting this together makes a successful team.

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