Amelia Boone

Ali on the Run Show Episode 80: Amelia Boone, Ultra Runner & World’s Toughest Mudder

“I was so petrified of failure for so long that I never ventured outside of things I knew I was good at.” —Amelia Boone

Amelia Boone is a badass. By day, she’s a lawyer at Apple, and by very early morning, she’s a four-time world champion obstacle racer and self-proclaimed “budding ultra runner.” Amelia lives in San Jose, CA, and is a glutton for punishment — hence her race distance of choice being “long.” On this episode, Amelia — who you may recognize as last month’s Runner’s World cover star — talks about why she’s intrigued by failure, why she loves grueling races, and how she gained her mental strength. She reflects on her go at the 2018 Barkley Marathons, and opens up about the pressure to win.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Why the brutality of obstacle races and ultramarathons appeals to Amelia, and why she’s intrigued by fear (2:15)
  • How Amelia got into obstacle course racing (5:00)
  • Amelia reflects on her attempt at completing the 2018 Barkley Marathons (11:15)
  • What it’s like to become the World’s Toughest Mudder (21:15)
  • What Amelia’s family thinks of her crazy endurance adventures, and how she became a well-known figure in the sports world (27:00)
  • What a day in the life looks like for Amelia (30:30)
  • Amelia shares her take on rest days (35:00)
  • What the pressure to keep winning is like (38:40)
  • How Amelia found ultra running (41:00)
  • Amelia shares her best advice for first-time obstacle racers and ultra runners (48:50)

What we mention on this episode:

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

Tough Mudder

Spartan Race

“Amelia Boone Is Stronger Than Ever” via Runner’s World

Rest Day Brags

Western States Endurance Run

Kilian Jornet

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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