What Does being a “Optimistic runner” Mean?
Being optimistic is defined as expecting the best possible outcome from any given situation. Among athletes, optimism is associated withapproach-oriented coping, mental toughness, persistence following failure, and reduced burnout risk. Sounds like a good episode coming your way, let’s do this
You are halfway into your 21K race and even though you are stuck behind a slow bus… for example the 1:50 run timer…. The mental attitude of a runner with an optimistic mindset is more likely to reflect a belief that any result will be positive or desirable.
Even though I am behind this rather huge group of runners, that are running way slower than I could… somehow I will manage to pass them.
Hey and if this has never happened to you, ask yourself have you run your best. Because I seem to meet many runners that suffer from this phenomenon quite a lot. Or is it just the races I enter where either I get selected a low seed number or slower runners ahead of me have somehow decided they want a head start? Which is a silly thing to do, but too often slower runners are not where they should be. Further back. Look if I will run a slow marathon, I start further back, even if my marathon time would allow me to start further up ahead. But no reason to do that.
Ok, back to the Optimistic runner. Optimists tend to exude more confidence when it comes to facing a challenge, and then you are positively future-oriented.
It I said that the Optimistic Runner they also tend to have an internal locus of control, meaning they’re in control of their decisions and can see how today’s choices can impact tomorrow’s experiences. It is like pearls on a string, you realize that the current moments is linked to what you did in the past, and will end up affecting your future run performance. Life not just your run life is a series of events that add up.
And, generally an optimistic runner is more inclined to believe they can handle whatever the race throws at them, theyare more likely to enjoy significant measures of physical, mental challenges. However, this trait can also mean they take on more stress than pessimists because of their tendency to see possibility and opportunity.
And if this is stressing you out a bit, because hey maybe you just don’t feel so positive and bubbly… stick with it. I also don’t always feel like that, and its not the point. There are some times where optimism is really critical. Let me give you a example, and you will say… aaah yes, that’s true. Now where is being optimistic more important than during injury. Importance of Staying Optimistic During Recovery from injury.
When it comes to Recovery, optimism is the best ally on your journey. Although optimists may take on more stress, they’re also better equipped to deal with that stress. Even if things do not go the way they planned, optimists are still able to see possibility and opportunity in every situation. It’s crucial to stay optimistic during Recovery because:
Optimism boosts energy and immune system functioning. There are many studies you can read up on this. Just think of the placebo effect…
What does this mean for our running? Find out more, give it a listen. It will grow on you….