Overcoming the Runner's Identity Crisis

OVERCOMING THE RUNNER'S IDENTITY CRISIS

Us runners can be very meticulous individuals. We become students of the sport and reshape nearly every aspect of our lives to fit the runner lifestyle. We also over-analyze each little piece of data from our many gadgets to track improvement and try to find an edge where science can bring us to the next level. In other words, once we are bitten by the running bug, we are all in on running.

But what happens when we are sidelined from running, either temporarily or permanently? When a running injury, health concern or other life event strikes, we can be left feeling like a chunk of our identity has been stripped away. What do I share on Instagram if I am injured? What about Strava? What do I do when all my runner friends are training and going to races together and I am stuck at home? Can I take a break from running and still get better?

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