Not looking after myself nearly cost me my running!
I love the endorphins rushing through my body when I go for a run!
It makes my soul complete and yep pretty much it makes me feel good. I find all my solutions to all my problems when I’m out running and find clarity in everything I do, and it helps me create!!
In fact, I can’t NOT run, it’s more painful for me not to run than it is to run!
Which is what I found out for quite some time when I was injured on and off for around 18 months because I had a bad habit of not looking after myself by stretching and combining resistance training.
I was always tending to the MOT of my body last. As a runner I was pretty lame if I’m being honest at stretching, giving it a rest from time to time to recover.
Instead, it was ‘burn baby burn’ trying to get faster and faster. Not much stretching or resistance training and certainly sparingly going to the physio when it REALLY was needed. Looking back, I NEEDED TO have that cycle of repair, rest and treatment.
To go training hard effectively and efficiently, working smarter not harder on my body.
It hit me hard when I discovered that I had a borderline rupture on my calf muscle and was unable to go running, cycling or do any type of hardcore exercise that us sports addicts would call “the HIGH”.
I got low and was in a dark space for some time and I really had to go back to basics and learn from my mistakes of not looking after my body.
Because you see it’s a lifelong thing, not just a one-hit wonder to look after your body. To use injury prevention techniques, stretch and make ourselves stronger to the core so we can be more efficient at what we love to do and to prevent us from going down that path to that dark place of physical and mental injury.
We have to consciously think about the long-term effect and how it will make us feel incorporating these positive habits and practices into the long-term gains of our sport, health and mental well-being.
There is an enormous difference between what people know and what they do when it comes to incorporating better habits into their fitness regime. They know they should do but aren’t doing.
There are two parts of our mind the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the part that controls the doing and this is what we want to change to be a super-effective athlete!
All of us athletes sometimes do things we shouldn’t do, get results we do not want and we still do it anyway. This is because the paradigm in the subconscious mind controls our actions and habitual behaviour. If we can make a decision to integrate new habits & behaviours for 21 days into our daily regime, we can be injury-free and prevent the bad habits from returning which is a win-win.
When you understand this, it will become obvious that all elite athletes are not successful primarily because of what they know but what they do.
Their paradigms (lodged in the subconscious mind) have been aligned with the results that they desired. It’s these paradigms that are producing the results. When you focus on your habitual behaviour, on whether you are stretching, using resistance training and sticking to your training plan (along with getting regular check-ups with your physio), you will start to understand why you’re doing what you’re doing and everything will start to change, from your injury prevention to your results!!
Which is why I am so passionate to announce I’m partnering up with the Markland Clinic to teach injury prevention as well as how we can create better positive habits that will enhance our running performance and our longevity of running.
Thanks for reading!