Denial, Acceptance, Understanding, Healing

April 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments


Low impact training, originally uploaded by m8parco.

Denial is the phase where we persist with the “no pain no gain attitude”. We look for examples of tough runners who persevere and succeed. We find reassurance in the masochistic world where pain is pleasure. We hobble along believing that we are not only improving our fitness but also our mental toughness. We continue to look at the date we encircled for our target race.

Acceptance is the phase where we finally realize that we are doing more bad than good by continuing our training. Our spouse, children and even peers finally break through the stubborn wall we have put up and we finally listen to their advice. Sometimes it is an authoritative 3rd party like a coach, masahista or maybe even our spiritual adviser who finally knocks some sense into us. In hindsight, we realize all the signs were there in plain sight but we conveniently ignored them. We finally erase the circle on the date of our target race and get ready to cheer instead of run.

Understanding is the phase where we consult a doctor, PT or even Runner’s World to finally know how and why this occurred. We realize the impact to our short term and long term health if we persisted.. We finally sit down, take stock and cancel all our training plans and set up a rehab schedule instead of a training schedule.

Healing is the phase where we finally start resting and setting up strengthening and stretching regimens to improve the weaknesses or imbalance in our body. We can finally encircle a date when we can resume regular running.

Yes, I am injured and when I see you at the starting line, I will be across the barrier with a camera on hand.

See you at the races or the gym !

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  1. sorry to hear that. what happened mark? we will await your come-back. -Jun & Mariel
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    I couldn’t resist running yesterday. My calf is really hurting. I expect 2 weeks of cycling and swimming before I give it a try again. Thanks

  2. Naku, di mas mabilis at mas malakas ka pa lalo after your recovery. Enjoy the photography in the meantime. Sana makunan ako ng camera mo. Haha. =)
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    Rico – i will keep an eye out for you. Siguradong malakas at mabilis ako kumain. Hehehe

  3. Waaah! Get well soon Mark! I can empathize with the acceptance part. Sucks to admit you’re injured. Grrrr. Get well soon as hopefully see you soon enough 😛

  4. Mark, recover well. See you soon at the starting line, okies?

  5. I can relate. I’ve been nursing various injuries that have limited my weekly mileage to less than 12k. It really sucks to be on the sidelines and I can’t wait go be back on the road again. Get well soon.
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    I hope your injury goes away many happy miles to you… running miles!


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