Marta Mª Redondo is an all-terrain woman: doctor in psychology, professor at the Camilo José Cela University and director of the Health Area of the Psychology of Emotion and Health Institute (IPES) . In addition to mother of numerous family and runner since 2011.
Sport to which he dedicates hours and hours, effort and desire. Not only to run every day, but also to go to different marathons . The problem is that, sometimes, before so much effort and overload the injuries can appear and to return to run after a serious injury can be complicated . This is what happened to Marta and so she recovered to run again.
What running means in your life
Marta started running in 2011, but in 2013 she quit smoking and said she needed to do sport more stable: “I needed something that will help me release the anxiety of not smoking and it was the only sport I could do at night when I had time, because of schedule and logistics, it fit me . ”
However, after six years of running very consistently, running means much more in his life: “As I’ve been running, I’ve been discovering things that have helped me stay and keep running: especially the feeling of power that generates me to get out and break the laziness, or after achieving an important goal, and the feeling of energy and well-being that is much higher than in other sports that I have practised “.
The fact of being able to do outdoor sports also gives her sensations that she does not get in other ways: “I always run through the countryside or on the street and get closer to sensations that are unique” Marta explains. ” The feeling of running on the beach or the feeling of running in the summer in the early morning, seeing dawn running with the freshness and smells of those times, etc. brings me well-being that nothing else gives me.”
But, in addition, running not only allows you to practice this sport with people you love and appreciate as your friends or your oldest child, but it helps you regulate your moods: “It makes me start the day with an I have a completely different mood, I have a high anxiety trait and running is what regulates me the best. ”
When injuries appear in your life
When the realization of a sport comes to bring you so many beneficial things and begins to be something central in your life, it is not surprising that the appearance of injuries can seriously affect us. In the case of Marta, since she has run she has only had three injuries, but the last two have been the ones that have affected her the most.
The moment in which they happened was key: “in the case of the second one he caught me with the dorsal of the half marathon of Seville already bought and half of the training to be able to come in. And in this last injury, it was after the marathon of Sevilla at a time when I was doing some very good times and it was when I had better seen myself running and it was a bit … in the end, these things break a bit. ”
In the case of this last injury is the longest: “for me the most difficult thing is that in some injuries not too serious you can keep running, change the rhythm for a few days and go jogging at the same time you train strength or stop a couple of weeks, but in the case of more serious injuries you have to stop and that time between when it starts to hurt and you realize that even when you slow down you recover, that you are injured and that you have to stop and stop running, for me it is the worst. ”
Physiotherapy and strength training for recovery
Marta explains that where appropriate, treatment consisted of physiotherapy support, following a cold treatment inflammatory and accompany with strength training: “In my case the key is being strengthed training to recover and race again. It is very important a good strength training “.
She tells us that, in reality, strength training does not like her, but she knows that she will be able to run again: “I’m going to get the point through music and, above all, focusing on the path that I have to take. continue to be able to run again and thus maintain the motivation. ”
She admits that sometimes, when she ran again after an injury, she felt afraid to be injured again, but it helps her to be more careful: “understand that fear has to be and use it to be more careful without being stopped”. She has taught her not to run like crazy:
“What injuries teach you is to know that you have to have professionals behind you to help you – physiotherapists and trainers – so that you do not run like crazy and that running makes us do well”.
When the injury affects our motivation
For her to be injured and have to stop running generates frustration and that affects the motivation: “you put some goals and the motivations that you had and you see that you can not fulfil them because every time you try the pain reappears. The frustration is very great and the motivation is broken “.
When the motivation is broken before an injury, recovering it can be complicated. At least if we continue to maintain the same goals. For that reason, for Marta, the trick has been to relocate those goals that she had set: “relocating goals allows me to motivate myself again”.
Thanks to that, she managed not to throw in the towel: “I already have the goals set to go back to running, all the reasons why I run help me to stay motivated and my only goal is to get back to running again and enjoy all the Cool sensations that generate me. ”
What’s more, Marta realizes that after an injury is when she comes back to appreciate the reason why she really runs: “Paradoxically, I set the goals of racing or getting down times to avoid losing time, but when I’ve been injured it ‘s When I come back to appreciate what it is to run in itself and I do not need to set other goals, it’s enough for me to remember what it is for me to run. ”
Right now, what he wants is to run again, without thinking about great races, but for the fact of enjoying.