3 Ways To Build Resilience

Back on the blog post train again after a little break! My last blog post was published a day before I left San Francisco - about to cross the USA. A lot has changed since then!

I had an amazing experience in the USA - one that I will remember forever more.

Moving forward - this blog post is about building & becoming more resilient. Resilience, in my opinion, is a key trait & characteristic that most people can actually build and obtain.

By definition resilience means;


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    the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

Now as you can see from the exact definition - its the ability to recover quickly from difficulties.

The thing is difficulties are inevitable, in life, in training, in many shapes and forms. But resilience comes from accepting the difficulties and coming through the other side. Not from AVOIDING the difficulties.

Trying everything you can to avoid difficulties is liking rowing with one oar - you might circle around some of the hard things but at the end of the day you won’t get anywhere. And you certainly won’t get to where you need to go.

No imagine you had two oars - and the sea was rough and choppy. Sure it would be a bumpy ride, but stroke after stroke you would continue to move forward & in time you would get to where you want to go.

The thing is the sea is rarely calm and you need to work through the choppy parts quite often.

Life and training are the exact same - going from A to B is rarely straight forward. But you build resilience by recovering from the difficult parts. When training gets tough? When you don’t feel like eating well? When you don’t want to get up and do the work. At these points - you have two decisions - do the right thing or don’t do the right thing.

From this I have come up with 3 Ways To Build Resilience;

1) Do the work even when you don’t want to

You could have guessed this one! I speak about it all the the time in interviews & on the Pushing Limits Podcast too! The simple act of taking action gives me confidence. It might sound simple but doing the things I know myself I should be doing. I rarely cover things in fairy dust and say everything will be great - everything will work out the way you want if you keep showing up every day & even on the days where you don’t want to.

2) Stop taking it easy on yourself

It is important to note here, in case you don’t know me, I am not a sadist or a crazy person! I do however see so many people taking life in 3rd gear all the time. Yes, it is important to be in 3rd gear sometimes. But like our rower with one oar - its going to take you ages to get to where you want to go.

From a running / training perspective - are you very comfortable in your training? Easy runs all the time on the same route at the same pace? Avoiding that hill on the bike? Skipping those intervals? Hmmm lets re look at our definition of resilience again.


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    the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

Do the hard work, go head first into the uncomfortable situations in training & life. You will become more resilient!

3) Its both physical & mental

The firs two points are covering the mental side of becoming more resilient! Of course becoming more resilient from a physical standpoint is also pretty important!

I believe resilient runners run more, recover faster, get injured less frequently & see better performance and longevity in their running!

This comes from a couple of different places that I will touch on briefly!

  • Going hard & recovering harder

  • The addition of strength training

  • Your nutrition - eat like crap & you will perform like crap

  • Injury prevention is always important - it’s not just for when you get injured.

There are many strings to the bow of becoming a more physically resilient runner. But ultimately your goal should be to train consistently over time in a variety of different ways & not to be too one dimensional!

If you enjoyed this read & found the content interesting - I a holding two One Day “Resilient Runner” Seminars in September! Cork & Dublin are the two locations and they are taking place on the 22st & 22nd of September respectively! Early bird tickets are still available too!

We will be coving a tonne of content on both days & I can promise it will be of huge value to you!

You can sign up for Cork Here & Dublin Here!

Thanks for reading!

Shane Finn