SPOILER ALERT: The last best paragraph in the article provides the reason to start at the beginning and take in all the good advice offered by Jason Fitzgerald in “How Runners Can Embrace Failure” for Under Armor’s MapMyRun.com.
“For many runners, both amateur and elite, short-term failure forced them to change their training to enable long-term success. Never failing means you are probably not pushing hard enough to get out of your comfort zone — and growth comes only when you can “reframe failure” as an opportunity to learn and improve.”
What you get from this respected coach/trainer is not only inspiration and encouragement but practical steps to take to go forward after a setback. From personal experience, my greatest periods of growth came after injuries, which can be viewed as failures to train safely, when I sought the help of trainers and therapists.
Over time, as you read various articles containing advice from experts like Fitzgerald, keep in mind that they are giving you the VERY BEST of their knowledge. It has been gained from their own failures as well as those of the talented runners they have coached. Recommended routines for warm-ups and cool-downs, for strength, stretching, and flexibility should be taken seriously. That tiny bit of advice is all I can add to this encouraging piece, which amounts to “do what HE says”.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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