May 26, 2017
Amelia Boone has become a legend in the obstacle racing world. Winning almost every race she enters, but managing to juggle her training with a full time job as an attorney.
But this episode is not really about her successes, although we cover that, and how she got into obstacle racing in the first place, the focus of this episode is about her two stress fractures (femoral and sacral) within a one year period, and how gutting it was to try to come back after the second injury, knowing that she was the only one to blame.
We talk about how her priorities have changed since the injuries, how she has learned to say no to things, and what she has changed about her lifestyle since, keeping at least one rest day in there every week.
We spend a lot of time talking about the mental side of returning from an injury, and how our paranoia can be crippling as you fear injury and fear that you will never get back to where you were.
Amelia talks about how to become a better version of yourself, and why being real and authentic is the way to go for every runner. Regardless of what level you run at, everyone has their own bench mark of what is good enough, and we all need to learn how to let go of those expectations.
Finally, if you are scared of trying obstacle racing, Amelia might have some convincing advice that might change your mind.
This is for you if you are suffering with an injury (or returning from an injury) and struggling to handle the fear and frustration of wanting to get back to where you were.
Three time winner of the Worlds Toughest Mudder. Considered the Queen of Pain, and general bad ass! Oh, and she is a professional athlete while working full time as an attorney!
Desk jobs are tough. I always thought it would be a perfect compliment to high mileage and super hard competitions...look I am sitting all day at work, I am resting, relaxing and recovering! But then I realized, I probably do the worst possible combination ever, which is train really hard, then stay static the rest of the day.
I remember getting on the (obstacle racing) course, and absolutely loving it, and also realizing how bad I was at things...like monkey bars. You think, oh, I did monkey bars all the time as a kid, and you try to do them as an adult and you think, oh my god, why is this so hard?
All of a sudden, I found a purpose to workout, a purpose to train, to get better at these things I was awful at. For me, obstacle racing was kind of a challenge and a new goal, and it gave me new focus.
Through obstacle racing, I fell in love with running.
The stress from having an additional career outside of running, outside of competing, has to factor into recovery as well.
I have been feeling much better having one complete day of rest.
That second injury just gutted me, because there is no one to blame but yourself. I sat there thinking, I blew my chance.
It's been a lesson in trying to make peace with my body and learning to trust it. Really, the only way to do that is through practice.
I can only really do whats in the moment and just try to talk to my body, talk it through things.
Anyone who is going through a long term injury, I promise you, it gets easier. You will have ups and downs, but once you get to that stage of acceptance, it is a really valuable process.
To try to return to a previous version of yourself is
ludicrous, so I tell myself to give myself permission to morph into
a new kind of athlete.
The more vulnerable I am, the more confident I become.
I have always had this ability to just endure and just to keep going. When I was little, and we were playing four soccer games in a day. I was the only kid in the fourth soccer game that was thinking, "woo, lets keep doing this", and so being very well rounded and being strong, and having endurance, but not necessarily being the best at anything suits itself really well to obstacle racing.