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November 2, 2021 43 min

When she was a child, Alexi Pappas lost her mother to suicide. So when Alexi faced a season of deep depression she knew had to find a different way forward. That’s when her training as an Olympic runner became invaluable

In this conversation, Kate and Alexi discuss,

  • The difference between stress and trauma
  • The discipline—and joy—of sheer effort
  • Good pain vs. bad pain and how to stay inside the uncomfortable for a bit longer 
  • The highs and lows of realizing your dreams
  • How viewing mental illness as an injury not only destigmatizes depression, but offers tangible next steps toward healing

  • Too often professional athletes fall into the pure motivational speaker category. But this conversation with Alexi gently threads the needle about what is possible if you stay a little longer in uncomfortable situations when even getting out of bed feels like a win. 

    There is so much wisdom we can glean from Alexi’s discipline and willpower.

    CW: suicide, depression, mental illness

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