Broken hand, separated shoulder, shin splints, stress fractured shins and ankles, over training syndrome, umbilical hernia, torn ankle ligaments, IT band flare-up's, torn labrum, concussions - this is the short list of injuries I can think of that I, or close friends of mine, have raced with. With my horseback riding and soccer background I became a self-proclaimed rehab expert over the years, with an arsenal of: epsom salts, tiger balm, dit dow jow liniment, kinesiology tape, foam rolling, stretching, and rest. I can "fix-up" a wide variety of issues to make someone "raceable" for an OCR.
How do you push patience in OCR? You stop yourself from scheduling a race every weekend. You listen to your body and train smarter, not harder. You make decisions that will benefit your body and performance in the long run, not just the next race. You admit that you are not an advanced athlete and stop working out like one. You are not afraid to go back to the basics and improve your biomechanics. You take the time to learn about training, nutrition, recovery, and progression. The list goes on. Perhaps most importantly, this inactivity is pushing the ego past its limits.