Episode 112- Getting injured or underperforming is a necessary evil | Dane Verwey
I want more runners to accept that; 'Getting injured or underperforming can be a good thing!'
Obviously, we all want to perform consistently and avoid long injury lay offs. Form slumps and long term injuries as super keen runner 'are the pits' .........but what if I was to say they are a necessary evil??
Aiming to starve off injury or reaching for PBs are two contradictory ideals.
If your sole aim is to prevent injury in your running, well this is easy, don't push/don't change what is working, run within your comfort zone. On the other hand if you are determined to push your body to performance levels it has never achieved before this requires challenging training that stresses the body. Occasionally, when searching for that bit extra in training to optimize our running performance we 'over train', this can lead to injury.
So, as you can see there is an adaptation 'sweet spot'. Under stress the body in training and you wont improve but you wont get injured. Over stress the body for too long and the chance of injury is high. The art is working out your sweet spot!
Avoiding running injury and ensuring optimal running performance isn't about luck, there is always a 'why?'
In terms of viewing the bigger picture, if you are really serious about reaching your full potential as a runner then you need to know running injury and poor performance is a necessary part of the tumultuous journey to finding your greater self. These experiences are necessary rungs in the ladder to learning what works for you. The key is to be really introspective and reflect on what our life circumstances and training looked like during and before these times.
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