“I gave this advice to a high schooler last week, so hopefully it’s good. She’s injured and she called me. I don’t know her well, but she went to my high school, and she’s like, ‘I don’t know what to do. I’m so discouraged, and nothing’s going the way I want it to.’ I just told her that everybody takes their turn being injured. You just have to have a good attitude through it, because I don’t know anyone who hasn’t gotten injured in their running career. We all take turns being injured, and what’s going to show about you has nothing to do with your running ability. If you can just show your teammates that you have an amazing attitude even though you’re not able to compete right now, that’s going to do so much more than what you would have contributed to the team.”
It might really help another teammate later on when they suffer their first injury too! It was really difficult for me emotionally when I got injured several months ago, and what helped was seeing other runners talking about it online (because I just run alone and I don’t have any runner friends). Seeing someone go through something painful and handle it with grace is very inspiring.
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