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34 | Runner, Coach, and Author Anji Andrews: Facing the Challenge

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Release Date: 09/10/2020

67 | Triple Jumper Shanara Hibbert: Keep the Dream Alive show art 67 | Triple Jumper Shanara Hibbert: Keep the Dream Alive

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“I know, at some point, I'll feel better, I'll be in a better position. And if there's any chance that I can get back to the level of fitness that I was at before, I don't want to be the one that's holding myself back from doing that.”   In 2020, despite the disruptions associated with the pandemic, British triple jumper Shanara Hibbert was coming off her best season yet. She’d stepped away from her full-time job to focus more on athletics, set personal bests three times, and won two silver medals at national championships, one and one .   “Coming into 2021, I was thinking,...

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66 | Carrie Answers a Question: Sarah’s Situation show art 66 | Carrie Answers a Question: Sarah’s Situation

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“When coming back from injury and having had a number of setbacks, how do you ‘read your body’ to know when to rest more or when to keep up with a PT program? I’m week 4 of 6 in a CAM boot for PTTD. I have a physio, but I’m still scared that—when I can stop wearing the boot—I will not take things slow enough and will reinjure myself. I have lost any confidence that I’ll know when to pull back before getting injured again, and I’m scared of also going out too fast if (IF) I feel better when the boot’s off.”   This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson...

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65 | Golfer Hannah McCook: Practicing Patience show art 65 | Golfer Hannah McCook: Practicing Patience

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“A surgery doesn't just fix you physically, it also does help you a bit mentally. The injury gives you that time to stop, in a way. It’s not always appreciated at the time, but you look back, and it was actually quite good to have stopped and kind of reset and be like, right, this is what I want to do—because of how much you miss it.”   Her untapped talent at asking for help. The limits of her patience—and how they weren’t as hard and fast as she’d believed. And, the depth of her commitment to her sport. Scottish pro golfer learned a lot about herself in the year it took...

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64 | Carrie Answers a Question: Whitney’s Wonderings show art 64 | Carrie Answers a Question: Whitney’s Wonderings

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“I am a cyclist and do triathlons every so often for fun. I had to give up running years ago after three ankle surgeries which ended with chronic stress fractures. I’ve always been told because I have cavovarus feet I will need surgery to correct, but I’ve been able to put it off. One of my ankles is currently flared up and doc says I should do the surgery on that foot now. It would mean 4 months off the bike. I really want to keep putting it off, as cycling doesn’t bother it. However, I can no longer even wear running shoes, so any sort of fast walking or hiking is currently out. I...

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63 | Runner and Coach Neely Spence Gracey: Aligning Heart, Mind, and Body show art 63 | Runner and Coach Neely Spence Gracey: Aligning Heart, Mind, and Body

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“When I first got pregnant, I was like, ‘Oh, it's just like a big injury. You slowly lose fitness, and then you eventually have to stop altogether. And then you take some time off, then you get back to it once you're healed and recovered.’ And I was pretty far off. I feel like it definitely was a different process, because you are physically changing and emotionally changing and mentally changing on top of not being able to run. On the other side of it, I feel like I came out a different person.”   About a year after Neely Spence Gracey’s first son was born, she found herself in...

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62 | Carrie Answers a Question: Jen’s Juxtaposition show art 62 | Carrie Answers a Question: Jen’s Juxtaposition

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“My question is about how to balance hope with logic. My injuries related to low bone density that was a consequence of an eating disorder in my 30s. I know the reality is I can no longer run as much as I used to because that is what the doctors say (and I trust them) and my hope is that my body will prove them wrong. At some point hope evolves or devolves into delusion. How do I remain engaged in the sport while respecting the reality that my body has limits that I used to thrive off of pushing?”   This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from...

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61 | Author and Coach Matt Fitzgerald: The Complexities of Hope show art 61 | Author and Coach Matt Fitzgerald: The Complexities of Hope

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“I don't want to put my life on pause. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to miss out on the miracle cure when it comes along, so I do pay attention. But I really compartmentalize it. I try not to open that door too wide. I mostly just focus on, let's just assume it's not going to get any better than this. How OK can I be with my present limitations, feeling the way I am?”   At the end of February 2020, prolific author and endurance athlete spectated at the Olympic Marathon Trials, then ran the Publix Atlanta Marathon. Soon afterward, he developed symptoms of the disease that would...

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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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On most days, British runner Anji Andrews lives the athlete’s dream. She works from home—with plenty of time and flexibility to train—making a living coaching, writing about running, and handling social media for organizations like the popular UK-based podcast Marathon Talk

 

But this summer, a foot injury that had begun to develop earlier this year worsened just as the country locked down due to the pandemic. Anji found the constant reminders of what she couldn’t do difficult to bear. In this week’s episode, she talks openly and honestly about the raw emotions of this combination, and how underfueling and overtraining played a role.

 

They’re challenges that will sound familiar to so many injured athletes, and while she’s still traveling her road to recovery, Anji has plenty of insights, advice, and encouragement to share with others in the same boat.

 

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • How injuries are viewed in running (4:53)
  • More about the challenges of being around running everyday, even when she can’t do it (7:10)
  • Her big goal for the half marathon, and how the foot injury first began to threaten it (9:39)
  • Why she held back from telling her coach at first (14:44)
  • How the pandemic played a role in exacerbating things, as did overtraining and underfueling (23:05)
  • When she finally got a diagnosis, and why it actually came as a relief (28:55)
  • What it felt like to realize, after five months of pain, that she would be able to run again (36:27)
  • The difficulty of revealing the depth of her struggles to those closest to her—and then the strength and hope she experienced on the other side (38:12)
  • How journaling—including some of the specific exercises in Rebound—has helped her cope (44:41)
  • Her advice to the friends and teammates of others who are dealing with similar issues (50:21)

 

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