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7 | Runner and Coach Julie Sapper: Earning a Personal Best in Recovery

The Injured Athletes Club

Release Date: 05/09/2019

68 | Carrie Answers a Question: Rachel’s Request show art 68 | Carrie Answers a Question: Rachel’s Request

The Injured Athletes Club

“I’m concerned my injury will never get better because the doctors and physical therapists don’t seem to have a clear sense of the problem. How do I know when to keep seeing new providers and when to give up?”   This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Rachel. Carrie explains the difference between acceptance and resignation, and other helpful ways to deal with an uncertain diagnosis.    Listen to the show for more—and to submit a question for a future episode, email us a note or a voice memo to .    New this...

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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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Running coach Julie Sapper, half of the duo behind Maryland-based Run Farther and Faster, has finished the Boston Marathon 10 times. Three and a half weeks before this April’s race, she felt a strange pop in her knee during an easy run. Though the pain wasn’t severe, she knew it was something serious.

The next morning, she called the orthopedic specialist. A few days later, she had an MRI. The results confirmed her suspicions: She’d torn her meniscus. Instead of toeing the starting line in Hopkinton, she scheduled surgery for May 1. “I've made the tough decision to look at my body as a lot more important than a marathon,” she said.

Julie joined us today to discuss:

  • How she took time to feel her sadness and disappointment—then jumped into action
  • Why crying on her podcast (also called Run Farther and Faster) was a critical part of processing her emotions
  • Why she feels embarrassed, as a coach, when she gets injured—but how she works through that, and allows the role to ultimately uplift her
  • The thinking behind her decision to go to Boston anyway, and what spectating meant to her
  • What happened when a doctor told her she should stop running marathons
  • The advice she gives other runners about navigating the medical process: “I think we all need to take control of our own destiny”
  • What a previous serious injury—an Achilles tear—taught her about managing this one
  • The introspection and reflection she went through in the wake of the news
  • How she’s aiming for a PR in recovery, and what she’s doing to use the time she’s not spending training wisely
  • What she hopes to teach her children by persevering through injury and other challenges

 

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