Ep 53 – Amelia Boone on achievement and growing through obstacles


I reached a point about a year and a half ago where I said ‘Do I really enjoy this? Is the pressure getting to me?’ It was actually the injury and being forced to take a step back, where I was able to reframe my relationship with it and have gratitude for just being able to be out there.” Amelia Boone

Amelia Boone is a full-time corporate attorney and one of the world’s most decorated obstacle racers. Since the sport’s inception five years ago, she’s amassed more than 30 victories and 50 podiums. Some of her career highlights include:

  • 3x winner of the World’s Toughest Mudder (2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Spartan Race World Champion 2013
  • Spartan Race Points Series Champion (2013 & 2015)
  • 3x Death Race Finisher (Winter 2012, Summer 2012, Summer 2013)

I’ve admired Amelia’s drive and success in balancing her athletic and legal careers, and I’ve looked to her as an inspiration for my own journey competing the the CrossFit Games while in medical school. I was so glad to finally have the opportunity to sit down and get to know Amelia near her home in the San Francisco Bay area – we had a lot to talk about!


In this episode we discuss:

  • Amelia growing up as a ‘jack of all trades’ and team sport athlete
  • Her prior experience with long distance running and one and only half marathon
  • Entering, training for, and participating in her first Tough Mudder in 2010
  • The history of obstacle racing including Tough Mudder and Spartan Racing
  • The utility of CrossFit training for obstacle racing
  • How she trained creatively while living in urban Chicago
  • Balancing life as an attorney while training and racing
  • Gaining perspective through an injury and spending the 2016 race season on the sidelines
  • Mental vs physical toughness
  • Her approach to rehab and recovery after being on crutches for 4 months
  • Her new approach to training and rest days
  • Three things Amelia does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Amelia’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Amelia at her website and on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.


Related Episodes:

40 – CrossFit to Prepare for, and Recover From, Total Knee Replacement with David Mendenhall

34 – Sal Masekela on His Achilles Rupture, Growing From Setbacks, and CrossFit Family

33 – Bob Harper on CrossFit, The Biggest Loser, and Prioritizing Health

02b – Dr. Michael Canales on my Achilles injury and pursuing excellence

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

4 Responses to “Ep 53 – Amelia Boone on achievement and growing through obstacles”

  1. Jean Santiago

    Hey! Great episode! I loved hearing about her setbacks and how she is figuring out a way to overcome it. Now I see that injuries are the kind of obstacles that only produce good thoughts and insights about ourselves and our own limits in the end. Thank you so much, Julie!

    • Julie Foucher

      Thanks so much for tuning in Jean! It’s so true about injuries – they are hard to experience but we come out so much stronger in the end.

  2. Evan Krueger

    I recently had my own “injury experience” when I developed achilles tendonitis. While obviously not the same as a rupture or stress fracture, the fact it knocked me out of running for almost 4 weeks really bummed me out. But, I actually did use Amelia as a bit of a role model for my recovery/building back from the time off. Perhaps more importantly I decided to not learn the hard way, like Amelia unfortunately did, to not be overzealous in my return. I did my best to remain patient (as patient as a thick-headed 21yo male can be) and listen to my doctor and to take it easy and listen to my body. To echo her sentiments, the short time off from running really made me realize why I love it and now I appreciate being on the roads/trails more than ever, even on the crappy days! So thank you Amelia for helping me, in an indirect way, to treat my own body better! This was a great episode, awesome to hear more from one of the badass women out there!

  3. Monique Reece

    I’m just really enjoying listening to two strong, smart, successful, badass women discuss what it takes to be a successful badass. No apologies for your successes, no hating on anyone else. Just sitting there talking about how to be good (okay, the best) at what you do. Love it. We so need more of this in the world.


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