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27 | Elite Runner Alia Gray: Breaking the Cycle

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Release Date: 05/28/2020

45 | Equestrian Hannah Selleck: A New View on Training show art 45 | Equestrian Hannah Selleck: A New View on Training

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For years, Hannah Selleck—like most athletes—believed the key to success was pushing her body to the max. But in 2018, the professional equestrian show jumper fell and sustained severe fractures to her tibia and fibula. Now, she’s fine-tuned the parts of her mental training that complement the physical, including visualization and restorative yoga, working them into her routine regularly and recognizing they’re just as critical to success as her time in the ring or the gym.

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44 | Carrie Answers a Question: Penny’s PT Problem show art 44 | Carrie Answers a Question: Penny’s PT Problem

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This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Penny W., who wonders how to stick to her rehab. What admissions does Carrie make about her own rehab habits—and how does she get herself back on track, and recommend others do so, too?

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43 | Jet Ski Racer Mouad Salhi: Channeling Your Fear show art 43 | Jet Ski Racer Mouad Salhi: Channeling Your Fear

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Jet ski racing has been Mouad Salhi’s passion from a young age. He’s stuck with the sport for years despite the costs, both financially and in the form of injury. When you’re maneuvering large, heavy vehicles across the water at high speed, you’re bound to get hurt, Mo says—and he’s experienced some serious crashes. But to him, it’s all part of the sport he loves, and has excelled at (he’s claimed world, U.S., and 3 European championships, among other accolades).

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 42 | Carrie Answers a Question: Claire’s Conundrum show art 42 | Carrie Answers a Question: Claire’s Conundrum

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This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Claire C. How does Carrie suggest she think about the future, and weigh the emotional consequences of choosing whether to continue running as she was or holding back?

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41 | Former Pro Freeskier Jamie MoCrazy: Ascending a New Peak show art 41 | Former Pro Freeskier Jamie MoCrazy: Ascending a New Peak

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Jamie MoCrazy started skiing at age 1, and by 18, had gone pro as a slopestyle and halfpipe skier. Everything changed in 2015, when she crashed at the World Tour Finals and sustained a traumatic brain injury. Her condition was so severe the medical team had even written her fatality report. She survived, and embarked on an extensive, years-long recovery process. Now, she and her family help others with similar obstacles—and their caregivers—through the MoCrazy Strong organization.

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This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Dawn F. What advice can Carrie offer during what may be a time of transition? Can she help Dawn pinpoint her objective, and consider the possibility that it’s OK to pursue it through a different strategy?

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39 | Triathlete Lesley Paterson: Channeling Your Passion show art 39 | Triathlete Lesley Paterson: Channeling Your Passion

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Some injuries have a clear treatment plan and a defined timeline for recovery. Others are much more difficult to decipher, and leave athletes wondering what to do and when they’ll be back training and competing again. In her 15 years as a pro triathlete, Lesley Paterson has encountered essentially every type of setback. In this week’s episode, she talks us through how she’s coped with all of them, most significantly a chronic problem that’s affected her for nearly a decade.

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This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Sophie H. Does Sophie have to decide between going all-in on recovery and turning away from sport altogether? Or can Carrie suggest some alternative options? 

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37 | Former WNBA Player and Ph.D. Candidate ShaRae Mansfield: Coping with Chronic Pain show art 37 | Former WNBA Player and Ph.D. Candidate ShaRae Mansfield: Coping with Chronic Pain

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ShaRae Mansfield was a superstar on the court at Western Kentucky University and a third-round draft pick for the WNBA’s Houston Comets. All this success came despite the fact that ShaRae was in near-constant pain. She loved the game, but injuries cut her career short and led her into what she calls a “basketball depression.” She’s now an advocate for people with chronic conditions and a Ph.D. candidate in psychology—she's studying the difficult transition period out of sports, so she can help oth

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36 | Carrie Answers Your Questions show art 36 | Carrie Answers Your Questions

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We—Carrie and Cindy—also operate a Facebook group that’s also called The Injured Athletes Club. It’s a thriving, positive community of other people who just plain get it. This week, in our final episode of season 3, we asked members for their questions about the psychological and emotional aspects of the journey. Here, Carrie responds to concerns about fears, doubts, and understanding what makes you tick, among other things.

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We first spoke with this week’s guest, pro distance runner Alia Gray, in person during Olympic Marathon Trials weekend in February in Atlanta. She’d chosen not to run the race despite a qualifying time and an injury-free stretch—a choice made from joy rather than fear, she says, and one she describes at length in this episode. 

Instead, she’d set her sights on some different competitions, including the New York City Half Marathon in March and the Olympic Track Trials in June. They were challenges that excited her, in part, because her last couple of injuries—a sacral stress fracture in 2018 and a torn meniscus in 2019—gave her a much-needed rest and also helped her understand and address underlying weaknesses that were holding her back.

Of course, since then, the coronavirus pandemic has upended most of those plans. So, we caught up with Alia again in late April to find out how she was faring. Though she’d gone through ups and downs like all of us, she—like so many other athletes we know—has found the same mental techniques that helped her cope with injury useful in navigating this stressful and ever-shifting time.

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • How injuries are viewed in pro running, and the “unifying factor” they represent 
  • Why she chose not to run the Olympic Marathon Trials, even though she’d been thinking about it since 2016 (10:32)
  • Speaking of 2016—how she came in 10th place in the Marathon Trials that year, despite having broken her fibula three months earlier and training almost exclusively on the Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill (14:52)
  • Her sacral stress fracture—the most serious injury of her running career—and what it taught her about rest and recovery (19:23)
  • Why she decided to seek psychological therapy during that tough time, and how it’s also helped her improve her performance when she’s healthy (24:00)
  • The fear, anxiety, and lingering pain she felt after recovering from the stress fracture, and how she coped (28:44)
  • How she navigated her relationship with her husband/coach/sports doctor—Dr. Richard Hansen—and her advice for other injured athletes about communication and relationships (31:31)
  • The way she came to understand her entire injury cycle, and the steps she’s taken to “bulletproof” herself as an athlete since (39:24)
  • What self-care means to her, and her advice on using it as an injured athlete (46:38)
  • How her plans changed due to the pandemic, and how she’s navigating the new normal using mental skill honed through injury (48:18)

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