Going the Distance: Amy Palmiero-Winters
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Going the Distance: Amy Palmiero-Winters

Forget self-pity -- marathoner Amy Palmiero-Winters hit the road (again) after a devastating motorcycle crash and is setting her own records.

Amy Palmiero-Winters doesn't get depressed; she gets busy. When a motorcycle accident in 1994 crushed her left foot and doctors told the 3:16 Boston Marathoner she would never run again, Amy thought "Just watch me." For three years she tried to save her leg. Ultimately she endured 27 surgeries, and doctors were forced to amputate below the knee. It took her years to learn how to run with a prosthetic. Today the 38-year-old mom of two is seeing her perseverance pay off, setting six world records for amputee women, including five in ultradistance events (think 100K races). When she's not racking up miles on the road, Amy is the full-time director of sports for Team A Step Ahead in Hicksville, New York, a coaching and mentoring organization for adult and child amputee athletes. Here are her words of wisdom.

When I was a kid I wanted to be...

"...an Olympian, a police officer, or a teacher."

I deal with disappointment by...

"...learning from it and moving on. You can't change what happened, but you can use what happened to change what you do next."

When I'm feeling low, I tell myself...

"All I can do is my best on this day. I'll never cross the finish line thinking 'What if?'"

The smartest advice I ever received is...

"...not to let the tragedies that occur in your life define who you are."

I am most frustrated when...

"...I hear my kids or the athletes I coach say, 'I can't.' I work really hard to show them that they can. The best part of my job is helping someone else reach a personal goal."

I'm never too full for...

"Doritos -- Nacho Cheese flavor."

The motto I live by is...

"You are limitless."

My next goal is...

"...to qualify for the U.S. 24-hour Run Team."

Fitness is...

"...the foundation of who I am. At every stage of my life, it has helped to shape and ground me."

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