Resilience? Resilience is the ability to
bounce back, know how to cope with setbacks, learn how to manage yourself and
your resources, it is also the ability to function in times of stress, recover,
adapt and change. However, do we know
what skills we need to pick ourselves back up.
Why do we need to develop resilience? Without this skill, it is easy to
give up, this could apply to any area of life, study, career or sport. One of the skills for developing resilience
is perseverance, it is defined as the continued effort to keep going. Where do we start? You can start by building your mental resilience
through enhancing your health and well-being.
steps to start with are: to improve your
physical health by eating well and exercising, develop your sleeping habits,
incorporate meditation through mindfulness, celebrate your successes and
achievements. This is fine when
everything is going well, but what about when something comes along to throw us
off course? Compare this to a gymnast
balancing on a beam, how many times do they wobble and fall? It is only with determination
through getting back on the beam, pushing through with persistence will they
achieve their objectives and advance to perform a complex routine.
Participants competing in long endurance events such as the Marathon has steadily risen over the years. Data taken of both demographic and socio-economic groups from various studies has seen a rise in running becoming a popular sport.
The Marathon runner embarks on this challenge for many reasons and they must adapt their lifestyle and training far beyond the recreational exerciser to include high levels of demanding physiological and psychological adaptations to push beyond their current capabilities. Furthermore, the rewards and positive benefits of this training will outweigh the negatives of marathon running.
The London Marathon is my third marathon, as a veteran runner I have improved with age, both on personal performance together with a faster post marathon recovery rate. Training for a Marathon demands a consistent, disciplined, structured routine which will manifest into other areas of the runners life to include; personal goal achievement, better life management, psychological and emotional strategies for coping and better vitality and health.
Injuries are inevitable when participating in endurance events and can occur as a result of a breakdown in tissue and muscles being overloaded. With just over one week to go until London Marathon 2019, my plantar fasciitis has flared up again. This condition can causes inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thin layer of tough tissue supporting the arch of the foot. Rest and ice are the best form of treatment together with a performance based Pilates exercise programme for the core, such as side plank, integrating foot muscle strengthening and flexibility in the lower limbs.