Fitness · Just my Thoughts

Psychological Effects of Injury

Yeah, I know. Fancy title. Well, truth is I have been injured most of this summer. Summer is my favorite time to run. First, let me be clear that the injury was minor but painful. I have birthed six children so have a fairly good pain threshold. Also, the injury was totally preventable. I needed to buy new shoes between marathons in May. I didn’t and I paid for it by being injured off and on all of June and July. I am only now starting to run without pain.


Summer is my favorite time to get out and sweat. There are almost constant groups and I love the social aspect of running. I normally average between 150 and 200 miles a month. Okay, I have never hit 200 but 194 in August of 2010. This has not happened in June, July or August of 2012. June 2012 was the lowest mileage I have ever run in a month since beginning – 31 miles. Slightly better times in July as I ran 65 miles. I also starting biking to get in some cross training. I am hoping, despite kids going off to college and one wedding, that August will be back above 100 miles but know that will not happen. I may break 65 but will not break 100.


This has been messing with my mind almost as much as my endurance and pace. I have had to not go to races I want to run. I have had to rethink a lot. I need to get back to what I have been doing but need to get over that psychological mess.


Any ideas as to how to get it all back?

2 thoughts on “Psychological Effects of Injury

  1. Oh Nicki, I know what you mean, it is so hard to have an injury, my ankle keeps getting messed up. Take care of yourself! BTW, will ya join me and Stev0 for the Groton 5k Labor day?

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