Jen A. Miller has been writing about running for The New York Times since 2010. The first article on the sport she published there had to do with injury—”dead butt syndrome,” specifically.

Last year, she sustained another serious setback, a stress fracture in her tibia. In the weekly running newsletter she now writes for the Times, she chronicled her journey, from the anger and frustration at her diagnosis to an emotional comeback, running the New York City Marathon with her mother.

On the Injured Athletes Club podcast this week, Jen—who’s also the author of a memoir, Running: A Love Story—joined us to share:

  • How she thinks injuries are viewed in running: “inevitable and terrible” (5:10)
  • More about her dead butt syndrome, how she coped, and how it ultimately propelled her career forward (6:28)
  • One tool she’s found incredibly helpful in staying healthy (8:29)
  • More about what contributed to her stress fracture (9:05)
  • What it was like to write about injury in such a public way (12:08)
  • The emotions that most surprised her along the way (14:58)
  • The process of returning to running, and helping her mother train for and race her first marathon (22:36)
  • Her experience tapering off antidepressants, and how running played a role in the transition (28:36)
  • The challenges athletes sometimes face in communicating with health care providers (35:51)
  • The biggest lessons she’s taken from her injury experience and the changes to her running she’s made because of it (42:01)




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