How to Bounce Back After an Injury: Interview With Neely Spence Gracey

Neely Spence GraceyMany, many runners have been at a point where they feel that they just can’t catch a break.

An injury happens, heals, and then something else goes wrong.

And so on…and so on…and so on.

Neely Spence Gracey has experienced her fair share of that cycle.

After never having suffered a major injury from 8th grade through college, she suffered 2 stress fractures, a bout with Lyme disease, and a broken kneecap that required surgery all in the space of 2 years.

Perhaps most frustrating of all were the flashes of brilliance in between periods of injury.

Through all of this, Neely has done a remarkable job of staying positive and motivated. She has also truly come to appreciate the simple act of running.

In this interview, Neely and I are going to discuss how she has continued to overcome these injuries and the lessons you can take away.

Some of the things that Neely and I discussed included:

  • Her progression in the sport and the importance of incremental increases and quality over quantity in training
  • The importance of finding doctors and therapists that you feel you can trust
  • Neely’s advice on how to reduce injuries and how to speed recovery when injured
  • Neely’s renewed appreciation for all parts of her running and how to find yours if you’re down with an injury


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Links and resources mentioned in this interview:

Neely’s website

An Interview where Neely shares her training schedule

Why Runners Get Hurt

How Much Running Can You Safely Do When Returning From an Injury

Running Injuries

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2 Responses on “How to Bounce Back After an Injury: Interview With Neely Spence Gracey

  1. Neely smoked a 5k last fall in Harbor Beach, her and Mickey Davey , I was in 3rd place over 2 minutes back !!

    Awesome runner and she congratulated me at the end. Hope they return this year, I will try to stay within sight of them for the first mile !!!

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