Tokyo, the Lengthy Approach: Marathoner Molly Seidel on Taking Adversity in Stride

Molly Seidel was presupposed to be in Japan this summer season for the Olympics, however that’s not occurring as a result of international influence of COVID-19. Fortuitously, the 25-year-old adorned monitor athlete from Wisconsin is used to curveballs. Typically, they’re unhealthy, like when an consuming dysfunction led to osteopenia, which resulted in a hip damage that required surgical procedure in 2018. Typically, they’re good, like when she determined to run a marathon for the primary time ever—on the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, the place she completed second and punched her (now delayed) ticket to Tokyo. She’s taking the postponement precisely as a runner ought to: in stride. — as advised to Ashley Mateo

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Tokyo, the Lengthy Approach: Marathoner Molly Seidel on Taking Adversity in Stride

No Stress

The 10Ok was beforehand my primary occasion, and that sort of high-intensity coaching simply saved getting me harm. So [after qualifying for the Trials in the San Antonio Half Marathon], I went into the marathon with the mentality of doing it to get expertise. I used to place a lot strain on myself to run arduous or be nice, however this time my mindset was extra, “Let’s simply see the way it goes.” I felt assured I may deal with the space and the tempo, and I attempted to not make the race any greater in my thoughts than it wanted to be.

Proudly owning Up

It’s straightforward whenever you’re injured to outline your self by that damage. I had this sufferer mentality, however now I strive to consider these issues as a interval in my life as a substitute of who I’m. A part of that was rising up and realizing my accidents have been a direct results of my actions—like, oh, the rationale my bones hold breaking is as a result of my vitamin is shit and I’m operating too many miles. Should you take possession of your scenario, it’s simpler to work by means of it.

The Lengthy Sport

It was arduous coming off the momentum of the Trials and never understanding when issues are going to open up once more. I often construction my 12 months round sure races and coaching cycles. Now, it’s nearly rolling with the punches and needing to have numerous flexibility till we’ve a greater concept of what our future goes to appear like. I’m nonetheless operating, however I’m making an attempt to consider this postponement like an damage. I as soon as had six months the place I couldn’t run after a surgical procedure, and I bought by means of that; I can get by means of this.

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