“I’d really love to know how to stop comparing the athlete I was before injury to the athlete I am now. I had knee surgery 10 months ago, and even though I’m fully cleared for all activities I am really struggling to get back into a groove with running. Any type of speed work really isn’t working for me and I just can’t seem to get any speed back. I am so frustrated with my lack of progress and would love to know how I can get over it.”
This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Stephanie, who feels stuck comparing herself to the Stephanie of the past as she returns to her training.
In her response, Coach Carrie suggests Stephanie—and anyone else rebounding from injury— ensure they’ve truly revisited their goals and set new ones, in light of current circumstances. If your only benchmarks are what came before, or what you’d planned before you got hurt, of course you’ll feel frustrated.
But you’re not the same person now; your setbacks have allowed you to grow and evolve into someone else entirely. And if you turn your attention to that athlete instead, and the one you’re striving to become, you may just start to see a whole world of possibilities unfold ahead.
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