Physical Therapists Using Clinical Analysis To Discuss The Art And Science Behind Running and The Stuff We Put On Our Feet

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DOR Podcast #123: A Conversation on Obstacle Course Racing, Dealing with Injury, Eating Disorders, and more with the “Queen of Pain” (Amelia Boone, 4x OCR World Champion)

On this episode, Andrea and Megan are joined by a very special guest: Amelia Boone! Amelia's an incredibly accomplished obstacle racer and ultra runner. Tune in to hear how she's survived and won so many epic, painful races. She'll also share her story of long injury history and struggle with an eating disorder, offering strategies to fight and recover even stronger.

Listen to This Week's Podcast Here!

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The Subjective: How do you balance your running with every day life?

About Amelia

Amelia Boone is a full-time corporate attorney, obstacle racer, and ultrarunner. Dubbed “The Queen of Pain,” Amelia is a 4x world champion and one of the most decorated obstacle racers in history. Over her career, she’s amassed more than 50 podiums and 30 victories in obstacle racing. You can find her online at her website, Twitter, and Instagram.

00:00 - Intro
03:19 - What is obstacle racing?
06:09 - How Amelia trains for obstacle racing
08:59 - The Death Race?!
11:18 - Mental strategies for surviving the suffering
18:06 - Transitioning from obstacle racing to ultra racing
19:55 - Amelia's favorite shoes
27:40 - Balancing work and training lives
31:49 - Amelia's injury history & lessons learned
39:45 - The dangers of linking injury to our identity
44:20 - Fighting with and recovering from eating disorders
53:24 - Wrap-up

Science Feature:
Haglund's Deformity?

A Haglund Deformity refers to the enlargement of the posterior-most section of the heel (Sella et al., 1998). This is also referred to as a "Pump Bump" and can be caused by a variety of things. These include boney growth of the rear portion of the calcaneus in response to stress/pulling from the Achilles tendon, inflammation of the retrocalcaneal bursa, inflammation of the supracalcaneal bursa or from swelling/inflammation at the Achilles tendon insertion.  Regardless of which structure is to blame, these are quite common and pressure on this area can be quite irritating. Those with Haglund deformities or similar issues are often quite sensitive to excessive pressure at their heels and can have great difficulty with stiff heel counters. This footwear component provides structure and sometimes stability to the rearfoot by stiffening up the rearfoot. Although many companies often add padding/cushioning to the heel collar and area in front of the heel counter, this can still create uncomfortable pressure for those with this pathology (which only becomes more uncomfortable/painful as the cushioning compresses).

Visit our Guide to Shoes for Haglund's Deformity here to learn more.

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