If you have been running regularly for a while, perhaps you have found yourself in this position. You are in a groove with your running, perhaps sticking to a training plan that is working well for you. Everything is going great. Until it’s not. Seemingly out of nowhere, you are hit with an injury. If that was not stressful enough, coming back after healing may not be as easy as you expected. How do you get your running mojo and confidence back after returning from injury?
Get your running mojo and confidence back post injury
Adjust your training plan
It is often not possible to resume running at the same distance or speed you were at when you sustained your injury. Taking a realistic look at where you are vs where you want to be is not always easy. Have a realistic plan B that helps you get out there and build back up your stamina.
Modify your race goals
Race day runs almost never go according to plan. Having the same race day goals as you did before an injury, can set you up for mental disappointments and physical injury. Learning how to realistically modify your race goals is no easy task but will most likely make for a more enjoyable race day experience.
Lay off the personal pressure
Remember your reasons for wanting to run the race in the first place. Think about your “why”. Most of us won’t be winning our age groups or taking home prize money. Those are not the reasons we run. Whether you run for stress relief, weight loss or overall general health, completing your race a few minutes slower won’t change that.
Ignore your watch
Just run! Most likely you have a route (or a treadmill) that you know the distance for without using your watch. Just run to run and enjoy the endorphins without worrying about pace.
Find your tribe
Running with a friend or a group can be the best distraction and fabulous motivation.
Take a detour
Head out for a run in a new place with fabulous scenery. It can do wonders for your psyche.
Tell me-How do you get your running mojo and confidence back after an injury? Any tips for me?