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“I feel really lucky that I wasn’t hurt in college but I’m definitely dealing with what a lot of injured college runners deal with. In some ways, it’s a bit of an identity crisis. I’ve been injured now for about eight months at this point. I came back for a little bit but I’m still struggling right now. Even though deep down I know I’ll run again and I’ll be healthy, I think you do so grieve in a way of losing running – especially when it’s a huge part of your community.”

Kira Garry is a research coordinator at NYU Langone Health. She was a five-time academic All-American in college while competing for Yale and Michigan. She has her masters in public health from Michigan and her senior thesis was on the history, management and anthropological perspective of the Ebola epidemic in 2014.

In addition to her professional work, Kira is also a standout runner in the city with her eyes on the now-2021 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. She’s competed at U.S. Championships in the past so we wanted her thoughts on what the Olympic postponement means for her own hopes of competing at the trials. In addition to that, she’s also attending medical school soon!

Photo by Jay Bendlin

This is Runners of NYC. A podcast from CITIUS MAG. Hosts Leigh Anne Sharek and Chris Chavez look to bring you many of the untold stories behind luminaries and legends that make up New York City’s running culture. You can catch the latest episode of the podcast on iTunes so subscribe and leave a five-star review. We are also on Spotify!

Support for this episode comes from FICS NYC (206 West 23rd Street, 3rd Floor) a fitness recovery and wellness studio. FICS is among the many places that have had to close their doors due to the COVI-19 pandemic. The fitness inspired calibration recovery studio is still offering 15-minute virtual chiropractic consultations with Dr. Duma so that you can continue to stay healthy while you’re at home. She’s worked with runners of all levels and members of the U.S. Olympic fencing team so you’re in good hands. To schedule your appointment, you can call them at 646-241-4948 or email [email protected]. When they re-open you can use code RUNNERSOFNYC to get 20% off all services, packages and memberships (only for the first month). First-time users also get their choice of one modality for free on their initial visit. | https://ficsnyc.com/

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