Feb 13, 2020
After overcoming multiple injuries to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in the nick of time, 5,000-meter runner Jessica O’Connell faced another series of setbacks as she prepared for the Games.
When she arrived in Rio, she was tempted to view her situation as an anomaly. But the more she talked to other athletes, the more she realized adversity strikes everyone—the best (and luckiest) among us are those who can persevere.
It’s an attitude that’s served her well throughout her running career. Injuries, she says, are now disappointing but not devastating. She can see them that way, in part, because she has a plan to deal with them—a cross-training strategy she’s outlined and shared with runners everywhere in a free, 27-page document called The Back-Up Plan.
On this week’s Injured Athletes Club, Jess talks more about the plan and her own experiences with injury. We discuss:
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