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Statistically, there’s a good chance you will get injured this year.  Even if you do everything right, like eating and sleeping well, and keeping up with your strength training.

It can make you feel helpless when your physical and mental health as well as your identity are defined by running.

But if you get through the injury process well, you might even be better off than you were before you got hurt.

Welcome to the Planted Runner.  I’m Coach Claire Bartholic and my mission is to help you improve your running, your mindset, and your life with science-backed training and plant-based nutrition.

Today I’ll be talking with Cindy Kuzma and Carrie Jackson who have devoted their careers to helping injured runners.

You’ll learn:

  • Specific mental tools and techniques for getting through an injury with your sanity,
  • How to stay active and keep your fitness even if you can’t run, and
  • How you can get through an injury and come back better than before.

Cindy and Carrie co-host the Injured Athletes Club Podcast and are co-authors of Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries.  Cindy has bylines in Runner’s World, SELF, The New York Times, and more.  

Carrie is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. She’s been featured as an expert in numerous publications such as Outside Magazine, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, and the New York Times.

Cindy and Carrie have talked to runners at all levels who’ve been injured and have bounced back.  Their stories, tools, and community are an important resource that you won’t know you’ll need, until you do.

Don’t forget to stay tuned all the way to the end of the episode for another Mental Strength Minute.  Fortify your mind in 60 seconds or less.


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