Learn from our running blade users on their journey towards a more active life - before you embark on your own.
Sian has been a big part of our community from day one. Like many other people with leg amputations, she was surprised at how easy it was to get back in control of her own bionic limb.
“When you become an amputee, you fear that there’s so much you’re missing out on. Getting a running blade doesn’t mean that you have to got out there and start running marathons – or even run. You can just use it for general exercise, and that’s still a massive difference when you come from nothing.
Just having that feeling that you can run up the stairs again is so powerful.”
How do you get back on your feet after 13 years? This is Footless Jo's story.
When Jo Beckwith shattered her ankle in a horseback riding accident at age 13, she lost her ability to run – and even walk properly – due to extreme pain. Following numerous operations, she eventually realized that she faced a life with extreme physical limitations. It was a life lightyears from what she really wanted.
“There was no hope of fully healing, and I didn’t like the life I was living. I could barely walk. So at 27, I considered amputating my leg below the knee.”
Following a second amputation on the same leg, Jo got her first running blade. It was a gift from a friend. She decided to go for the ultimate dream: to run a 5k – the first since her accident.
Months later, with hours of training on her new running blade, she finally did.
“What I’ve faced—wanting to run again, running later in life as an amputee—is not unique to me; it’s similar to the emotional journeys and struggles of others. I now have the incredible opportunity to feel my body move, and move fast. I run now to experience the power and resilience of my body, because I finally can!”
Want to go beyond running with your running blade? Make sure to check out Renato from Brazil.
Allison E. Lang from Quebec is a multitalent content creator with a flair for photography. She also happens to be a disabled model and a massive advocate for body inclusivity.
Daniel Silva is definitely one of our biggest fans - and vice versa. He's also a guy with an incredible story of survival and endurance.
I had been rushed to the hospital in Eugene, Oregon and then life flighted to the burn center in Portland. When I woke up I looked down at my body I was missing my left leg from the knee down. I had severe burns on 30% of my body. The tendon on my other leg, above my foot had been put back together, but they said they would probably have to amputate above it as it would probably never work right. I could barely see. Everything was in triples. A reaction from my coma. I was told I would never breath, speak, see, and absolutely never walk or run again.
They call me “the triple miracle” hence the three major issues I lived through.
I’m very blessed to have that title.”
Before his vehicular accident, Daniel was a passionate trailrunner, so finding a running blade became top priority. Naturally Daniel has found a way back on the trail with his Levitate blade. We’re stoked to be following him on his journey.
The Move For Jenn Foundation is an American nonprofit organization established by Jenn Andrews in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their mission? To help sarcoma survivors on a path back to an active life.
"I want all the amputee kiddos out there to see ALL activity as an option for them. I missed out on a lot growing up, because I didn’t see those opportunities for myself."
Getting back on track can be double the challenge when you’re a recent double amputee. Just ask Juttima from Australia.
But as she quickly learned, missing both legs represents a significant challenge.
“The biggest challenge for me as a double amputee getting used to my blades is balance. It takes more effort for me to not fall backwards or forwards. Just trying to balance on the blades alone takes a lot of energy for me, and my legs fatigue really fast and cramp up. So I need to take multiple rests. And because I don’t have my own leg to take off the pressure/workload, it’s very challenging for me to exercise for a long period of time.”
In the future, Juttima hopes to find the courage to move her training outdoors. Something that she’s been missing since her amputations.
“I’m not very sporty in general and at the moment I only feel comfortable exercising indoors. I have been spending a lot of time inside, so my goals for physical activity would be getting over the fear of exercising outside. I want to push myself more to go for a walk outside – along the beach or at the park. I want to be in the sun and get more fresh air. I also want to improve my endurance, cardio and leg strength. To be able to walk and stand for a longer period of time without taking rests and getting cramps.”
However, it’s not people’s reactions to her running blades that stop her from venturing outside:
“People think it’s super cool – especially those who have seen me from day one when I first started learning to walk again. They are keen to know if it is hard to use and how I feel on the blades. They are just very intrigued, I guess.”
“My Levitate blades are affordable compared to others in the market and you don’t need to go through a complicated process to get them.
They’re also super easy to put together and the design is super sleek!”
Watch how Juttima assembles and aligns her blades.
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