When you’re busy with work, family, and life, making health a priority can sometimes seem impossible—too expensive, too time-consuming, too complicated. But in reality, every tiny step you take toward wellness makes a difference. That’s why mindbodygreen and Lorissa’s Kitchen are celebrating the #SmallWins that make healthy living attainable to anyone, anywhere. Here, obstacle racer and endurance athlete Amelia Boone shares how injury has changed her perspective on #SmallWins.
Humans are meant to move. Whether you are a casual weekend warrior or a professional athlete, movement and exercise are key to our overall health and well-being—both physical and mental. For any active person, when injury strikes and you become limited in your ability to do what you love, it’s easy to feel like the world is collapsing around you.
As a professional athlete, movement and training are what I do. But like so many other athletes, I’m no stranger to injury. I was recently diagnosed with a stress fracture in my femur, and I went from running 80 to 100 miles per week in preparation for Western States—the oldest and most prestigious 100-miler in the country—to a sentence of 12 weeks (at least!) of no running whatsoever.
Armed with a pair of crutches, it could have been incredibly easy to wallow in my misery and bemoan my fate for several months. In fact, I did spend some time grieving. I holed up with a pint of ice cream and a glass of wine, and spent the better part of a week in tears about the missed races, about the loss of my sacred morning runs in the mountains, and about the inevitable loss of fitness that would accompany my rehab.