How to Gain Your Confidence Back After a Running Setback
How to Gain Your Confidence Back After a Running Setback

If you’ve run any amount of time, you’ve probably had a running setback. Sometimes the hardest part of coming back is getting your confidence back after a running setback!

I know I have from injuries to overtraining to burnout, to even just a “bad race.” Most of us have had running setbacks! Like an injury, each one is different.

This post is part of series about the mental component of running. More posts include: 

How to Combat Negative Thoughts While Running

How to Build Mental Toughness for Running

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Folsom Lake Trail Half Marathon
Folsom Lake Trail Half Marathon Race Recap (2:03)

Wow, a race recap? Remember when I used to blog about those? The Folsom Lake Trail Half Marathon was the first race I’ve done in nearly 15 months. Truthfully, it felt good to pin on a race bib. I’ve missed live races. I’ve come to enjoy virtual racing from time to time, but nothing beats an in-person event.

This week in the newsletter, I talked about precautions the Folsom Lake Trail Half Marathon used, including wave starts, only 3 people across the mat, no communal food, masks at the aid station, and no cups. I felt everything was handled appropriately, and I did feel the risk of COVID was low.

It’s been so long; I might have forgotten how to write a race recap. Anyway…

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How to Build Mental Toughness for Running
How to Build Mental Toughness for Running

Building mental toughness for running is hard. If you’ve been running for a while, chances are you’ve had a time or situation that you wanted to stop. Maybe you were just bored of it. Maybe you were tired of running. Maybe things just felt hard, and you gave up! All of these things can be helped by building mental toughness.

I grew up as a swimmer, and I can tell you that is the most boring sport out there. I loved swimming but spending 2 hours staring at the bottom of the pool with no music really helps build mental toughness. Looking back, swimming definitely helped build mental toughness for running.

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