Everyone knows that not running, when you are a runner, is tough…..but have you ever thought about how you can mental train yourself to be more tough by demonstrating mental toughness during an injury? That’s right, you can continue to train even when you can’t train by enhancing your mental toughness during a time of despair. Taking a break from running is not so easy sometimes, it takes it’s own type of endurance, and you can use this to your benefit.
- Think positively- Oh yes, easier said than done for sure. During a hiatus, it’s important to practice substituting negative guilty feelings with positive grateful ones as fast as you can when the negative thoughts hit you. This practice will really help you when you are back on your feet in a race.
- Train your mind by challenging yourself with exercise you don’t like as much. This will help you when you reach that HUGE freaking hill that you don’t like in the race since you know you can do what you don’t like to do now.
- Relax and think long term. You know how at the beginning of a marathon or 50 miler you don’t just sprint your way to the end??????????????????????? You don’t do that because it’s not wise and won’t get you what you want. Think like this when it comes to taking a break because of injury. Long term health and vigor are the most important in the end, plus………relaxing is imperative to your success while running as well.
- Use the spare time to FINALLY spend a Sunday with people you love since you can’t be out on the road for 5 hours. This will help you be more joyful while you are running as well.
- Stay mentally tough by making sure that you eat properly since you are not burning all those calories like you were when you were training hard. This goes back to #4 and long term health. You will also be feeling better if you kept at your current weight when you get back to running.
Those are some simple tips that will help you increase your mental toughness when you can’t increase it by running!