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3 | Olympic Runner Carrie Tollefson: The Power of Positivity

The Injured Athletes Club

Release Date: 10/10/2019

60 | Carrie Answers a Question: Adrian’s Anger show art 60 | Carrie Answers a Question: Adrian’s Anger

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"Of all the emotions I have felt after injury, the one I'm having the most trouble dealing with is anger. I'm mad at myself, my coach, and at the medical professionals who I feel have failed me. I know some of this is justified. But I also feel trapped by it. What can I do to move forward?” This week, co-host Carrie Jackson answers a question from Adrian O., taking out her emotional metal detector to help injured athletes see what lies beneath their anger—and how to handle what they uncover.

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59 | Paralympic Medalist and Swimmer Mallory Weggemann: Now Doesn’t Define You show art 59 | Paralympic Medalist and Swimmer Mallory Weggemann: Now Doesn’t Define You

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Though she’d grown up in the water, Mallory Weggeman was nearly ready to leave competition behind for other dreams. But when a medical procedure gone wrong resulted in her paralysis at age 18, she found herself back in the pool. There, she excelled swiftly enough to win Paralympic gold four years later. She had every intention of extending her athletic career, but in 2014 she had another serious injury. At this second point of impact, she had to decide all over again if swimming was worth the fight.

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58 | Carrie Answers a Question: Aisling’s Obstacle show art 58 | Carrie Answers a Question: Aisling’s Obstacle

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Aisling C. asks: "Could you discuss how injury shows up the fault-lines in your relationships? Injuries change the dynamics, and certainly my back-to-back injuries have made me feel less in control, less independent, and probably facing the relationship issues I was literally running away from." Carrie offers insight on the dynamics that affect those around the injured athlete, too.

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57 | Carrie and Cindy Build Your Team show art 57 | Carrie and Cindy Build Your Team

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When you’re an injured athlete, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone. There are a lot of legitimate reasons for this, and factors that make it challenging to reach out and ask for the support you need. In this episode, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson talks us through exactly why support matters so much. And, she gives you specific tactics for determining which support you need and when you need it, and how to assemble a willing crew around you to offer it.

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56 | Carrie Answers a Question: Ric’s Request show art 56 | Carrie Answers a Question: Ric’s Request

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This week, Carrie responds to a request from listener Ric J. He asks: "How do I come to terms with or accept that I can no longer do exactly what I had hoped to do? I never let that dream go. After four years, I should but I can't."

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55 | Runner and Mountaineer Manal Rostom: Accept, Adapt, Act show art 55 | Runner and Mountaineer Manal Rostom: Accept, Adapt, Act

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Manal Rostom has been running since the age of 13. She rededicated herself to the sport in her 30s, and subsequently ran 13 marathons, becoming the first Egyptian woman to run five of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors. And, she climbed new heights; she’s also the first Egyptian woman to summit two of the world’s highest mountains. This week, she shares the story of the injury that sidelined her for six months, and what she learned about adapting, motivation, and self-love along the way.

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54 | Carrie Answers a Question: Sarah’s Sadness show art 54 | Carrie Answers a Question: Sarah’s Sadness

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"There are days when I feel utterly hopeless and cry a lot. How do I keep it together? My doctor prescribed therapy and counseling, but there are no available spaces in my area. Besides yoga and meditation, what can I do to stay or return to positive?" This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson suggests some ways for listener Sarah B. to accept the emotions she has and to process them in a way that allows her to move forward.

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53 | Skyrunner Hillary Allen: Courage and Curiosity show art 53 | Skyrunner Hillary Allen: Courage and Curiosity

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Hillary Allen’s amazing story is actually the very first one we highlight in our book Rebound. In 2017, she fell off a ridge during Norway’s Tromsø Skyrace, tumbling 150 feet to what could have been her death. Her injuries included two broken ribs and wrists, a fracture in her back, and a ruptured ligament in her foot. Her compelling new book Out and Back tells the tale of her accident and recovery. On this week’s show, we delve into some of the emotional components of that incredible journey.

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52 | Carrie Answers a Question: Carla’s Challenge show art 52 | Carrie Answers a Question: Carla’s Challenge

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How can I handle the pressure of not being able to train with the fear of losing fitness as a competitive athlete? This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Carla F. She suggests Carla reset her goals and remember that her fitness will come back in time, once she allows herself the time and space to heal.

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51 | Paralympic Javelin Thrower Justin Phongsavanh: Building a Dream show art 51 | Paralympic Javelin Thrower Justin Phongsavanh: Building a Dream

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This Saturday, Justin Phongsavanh will have six throws of the javelin to earn his way to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, when he competes at the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for Track & Field in Minnesota. In this week’s episode, he shares with us the incredible journey that brought him to this point—and how the power of sport has carried him through some of life’s toughest moments.

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Anyone who’s met Carrie Tollefson, seen her covering running events on national broadcasts, or listened to her podcast C Tolle Run would likely describe her as a positive person. She’s known for both her Minnesota kindness and her optimistic tagline, “Get after it.”

 

But her athletic career was, as she puts it, “not all happy, happy, joy, joy.” Along the way, she had a number of serious setbacks, including a cancer scare when she was still in college at Villanova, years of plantar fasciitis, and a painful abdominal injury that eventually required an extensive repair procedure.

 

The fact that she came back from these injuries to secure a total of five NCAA championships, a spot on the Olympic team in Athens in 2004, and a long-term career covering the sport prompted us to interview her for our book Rebound—and then to follow up with her again on the podcast. 

 

Carrie joined us today to discuss:

  • How runners tend to view injuries, and how she’d always come back stronger (5:50)
  • The major, unusual injury that almost ended her career before it truly began—and how it changed her entire life (8:12)
  • How she cross-trained when she couldn’t put any weight on her foot or even get into the water (14:13)
  • The powerful mindset shift that increased her gratitude during her recovery process (17:05)
  • The painful moment that led to her second major injury—one she had to aggressively manage during the Olympics (21:14)
  • How she navigated injuries with her sponsors (30:18)
  • Whether her positivity comes naturally to her or if she actively works on it (34:19)
  • What she’s learned about mindset and injury from watching and interviewing other top runners (38:51)
  • How two injuries—one real, one invented—played a role in her husband Charlie’s proposal (41:03)
  • The biggest pieces of advice she gives athletes competing right now on mindset and injury (44:43)

 

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