This idea came from Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book ‘Anti-fragile’ and I thought I would ask the question and spark some self-reflection.
It has been discussed for a long time between experienced clinical professionals and coaches, that:
There are some runners who seem to always get injured and some who can grind themselves to the ground and seem unbreakable.
This is without any rhyme or reason, no common characteristics, no measurable qualities.
This would separate people into robust & fragile runners. Firstly, if you knock a vase off a table and it smashes, it could be ‘fragile’. Secondly, if you knock a vase off a table and it does not smash, you could say it is robust. However, what about if you drop a vase and it becomes stronger because of the fall! This is anti-fragile!
Because robust runners are rare, and the qualities are out of your control, it seems like a waste of time to pursue. But you can make the decision to become fragile or anti-fragile. For example, you can use moments of weakness or relapse as an opportunity to learn and grow. Unfortunately, this blog doesn’t have the answers, on HOW to be anti-fragile but self-reflect on a few questions:
- Encountering the same injuries repeatedly?
- Making the same mistakes and training errors?
- Actively learning from your mistakes & implementing countermeasures?
- Receiving advice from the right people with sound, clinical guidance?
- Blaming others for your setbacks?
So take the next step to becoming anti-fragile and be proactive with your recovery and embrace the moments when you are thriving.
Relevant Blog posts
- Detecting early warning signs running injuries
- 5 simple ways to help run faster without injury
- How to recognize the boom bust injury cycle
- How to know if you are strong enough for running
Relevant Podcast episodes
- Strength training 4: Exercises & program planning Richard Blagrove
- How to thrive in ultras with attitude & philosophy with Shawn Bearden