Kintsugi and the art of recovery

By George Leontiev: For More Info, Go Here…

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.
― Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

So you’re injured. You ran too hard too early, or added mileage too fast. Or you did not recover enough between the races, eagerly jumping into the next training block. Regardless of how you got here — here you are: injured, probably depressed, maybe even in denial.

I’m going to tell you something that you’ve heard hundreds of times before, but only now have the opportunity to properly internalize: injuries are blessings in disguise. But! The thing that most people forget is that simply getting injured does not magically mean you’ll get out of it stronger. You have to be methodical and intentional about your way out of your injury.

Okay, what the hell is kintsugi?

You’re wondering — what does the first word in this post’s subject even mean? Consider a soup bowl. Just like the one on the main image up near that title. One day you drop the bowl and it breaks.

What do you do? The reality is — you probably just throw it away. You have more soup bowls, and even if you don’t, it’s a nice nudge to make you go buy some. Unfortunately, when your body breaks you can’t just go buy a pair of new legs. Would be pretty nice if you could, but I’ve checked really well — no one sells new legs to runners.

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