How to Deal Emotionally with a Running Injury

In television shows and movies the lead character usually completes the goal they set out to achieve at the beginning. We know the real world and Real Health is a little bit different. Sometimes we set a personal health goal, do everything right and still fall short of the goal. That's not necessarily a failure or even a negative event. I should know. This just happened to me.

When I became a contributor to Real Health, I set a health goal of running in the New York City Marathon on November 4. My intention was to help you through your fitness goals by documenting my training routine. However, I hurt my shin and have to drop out of the New York City Marathon. Am I disappointed? Yes. Am I forlorn? No.

I developed some healthy habits while training for this marathon and no one can take those habits away from me or my family. In this video post, I explain how I used knowledge of the "Five Stages of Grief" to deal with the emotions that bubbled up after I learned that completing this goal would not be possible. As a reminder, the five stages of grief are:

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression; and
  • Acceptance

This approach works for me when dealing with health setbacks. I hope we can have an in depth discussion about other approaches and use each other as support as setbacks come about.

What tips do you have for dealing with health setbacks?

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Editor's Note: Toni Church is a mother of two and a registered nurse. She  posts every Friday at Real Health with running tips and summaries of how she manages her time as a mother. Despite not being able to run at the New York City Marathon, she looks forward to cheering on the participants and sharing their experiences with you.

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About the Author

Toni Church
Mom, runner and nurse

Hi my name is Toni and above all else I am a mom who is married to her best friend. I am also a registered nurse with a passion for running, health and fitness. I have been passionate about running  More

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