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The Injured Athletes Club

Apr 15, 2021

“I'm a distance trail runner, or used to be, and that was the main sport that I pursued and was my passion. And the doctors and therapists all say that it's not a matter of if I will be able to run again because they said I would be able to. However, if I continued at the pace or distances I was prior to the injury, I'm a likely if not definite candidate for either osteoarthritis or a full knee replacement later in my life. I've been kind of weighing the inevitability of this and wondering how to proceed with or without running when I'm recovered? Do I go all in if I can, and if it doesn't hurt, and enjoy myself now? Or do I back off and maybe pursue some other sports with the mix of running here and there and try to preserve the longevity of my knee? 


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 either choice?


Listen to the show to find out—and to submit a question for a future episode, email us a note or a voice memo to


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