At only 24, Turia Pitt's life was turned upside down when she became trapped in a grass fire while competing in a 100km ultramarathon.
She survived against overwhelming odds, with full-thickness burns to 65 per cent of her body. Since then, Turia has rebuilt her life and defied every expectation placed on her. She is living proof that, with the right mindset, we can achieve anything.
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Chat to most women who run about their WHY and you’ll get some amazing insights into their personalities and lives. What do they have in common? It's aaaallll about connection, mental clarity, solitude and unplugging.
If you run regularly but want to mix things up a bit and potentially unplug from all the BUSY even more, I recommend giving trail running a red-hot go. Once you breathe in the fresh air, embrace all that glorious mud splashing up your legs and soak up the peace of forest-bathing (yep, it’s a thing!), you’ll be hooked.
Unlike shutting your front door, burying your key in your sock and queuing up the Rocky theme song for a run around the block (come on, we’ve all done it!), trail running requires a little more forethought.
There’s a heap of info about trail running out there, so let’s boil it down to some top tips:
Plan ahead and prepare for the trail you’re running. Run with a group when you first start out. There are some great trail running groups out there, and they make for a fun way to connect with other women. Make sure you let your peeps know where you’re going and for how long, unless you plan to abscond forever and leave everyone sitting at the dinner table wondering where the hell you are! Ha!
Invest in some gear that will support you on the run. Trail running shoes are definitely the first thing you should look into. Compared with many road running shoes, they give you a Spider-Man grip on wet and rocky surfaces. I also absolutely recommend a trail running vest to hold energy snacks, keys, wet weather gear, sunscreen, emergency flares (kidding!) and that ‘vintage’ energy drink – water! This might seem like a big investment but having everything in one place and your hands-free is super important for your safety and technique.
Respect your environment. Sticking to the trail = legit mud fun. Skirting the mud, trampling vegetation and causing unnecessary impact is not what we’re about.
We may be super-efficient task busters with others, but sadly we’re pretty crap at taking the time to connect with ourselves. With benefits like stress hormone reduction, mental clarity and empowerment, trail running gives you the ultimate respite from a busy world, yo!