The key to your running transformation is...

Learning how to put yourself first*

*at least a couple of times per week, when nobody’s screaming bloody murder from the top of their lungs, and there’s at least one clean pair of underwear everyone can wear tomorrow.

Listen up, you beautiful little beetroot.

You are a FANTASTIC mum, wife, friend, coworker, cheerleader, and “make-an-unnecessarily-complicated-Year-5-art-project-happen-the-night-before”-er.
A master multitasker, you can read Harry Potter to your kids, do laundry, unload the dishwasher, and wrap Christmas presents all at the same time.
But sometimes it becomes, y’know, a lot.

"Bloody hell"

Ron Weasley (and me on any given Thursday morning, looking at my living room and wondering if I’m raising two small humans, or two medium-sized tornadoes)

Here's what I want you to know....

Prioritizing your runs is *not* selfish.

Look, I get it. 

Lacing up your running shoes when the kids are hanging off you every minute of every day can feel about as impossible as climbing Mount Everest during your lunch break.

After all, there’s always something to be done: dishes to wash, laundry to do, somebody’s bum to wipe.

But here’s what I’ve learned as a Mum of two wonderful, delightful, but, uhhhhh, rather intense, boys.

When I prioritise my running, my whole family benefits.

Every time I manage to get out the door, even if I’m wearing mismatched socks and a coffee-stained shirt, I come back in a better mood. 

I have more energy, I’m happier, more productive, and in turn, I’m a better Mum, partner, friend, and boss. 

Below are a few tips that might just help you to do the same.

1. Forget perfect

Before I became a Mum, I always had to make sure I had the right energy gus (a weird kind of gel you eat for energy during longer runs) for my training sessions. 

I needed my favourite water bottle. I had to make sure my watch was charged, and that I was wearing a matching outfit.

These days, I’m lucky to have a clean pair of underwear on.

Forget perfect. If you’ve got 20 minutes, you’ve gotta pick up that coffee-stained shirt from the floor, put on the still-wet pants from yesterday, and GO.

2. Remember that social media is just a highlight reel

Ahhhhh, the age of Instagram.

These days, you get the privilege of comparing yourself against an ultra-marathon-running super mum of twelve in NZ who only feeds her family activated oxygen and also happens to be a judo champion.

Exhausting, yeah? 

I think so.

Try to remember that what you see on Instagram is rarely anything more than a highlight reel. 

Nobody’s sharing about how many times their kid threw up on them during the night… Or how they ended up with a cockroach-filled backyard on the day of their photoshoot. (<<< Wait, I may have actually done that. Oops.)

3. Talk to yourself like you would talk to your kids

You are such an amazing cheerleader and supporter of everyone else in your life…. It’s time to give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back, too!

Congratulate yourself every time you lace up your running shoes (even if you don’t make it out the door). 

Give yourself a hug if you manage to run 100 meters (even if you planned to run 1000).

And never, ever beat yourself up for not being “there” yet.
 (Wherever that is.)

Remember: being a runner is not about hitting a certain pace or distance.

It’s about lacing up your running shoes and getting out the door, week after week.

Not necessarily because you love trudging through the streets at the crack of dawn… But because it gives you some much-needed space to be with your own thoughts.

To have a sense of identity that goes beyond being a mum.

To just be yourself, for 30 minutes a day.

So dig out those running shoes from the back of your closet, my friend.

I’ll be waiting for you out there on the road!

But wait… Who the heck am I, and how did I figure this all out?

Short answer? The hard way.

While competing in a 100km ultra-marathon in the Australian outback in 2011, I encountered an out-of-control grassfire. Trapped by the flames, I suffered burns to 65% of my body.

Surviving against overwhelming odds, I’ve since rebuilt my life and defied every expectation placed on me.

I’ve written three best-selling books, coached over 40,000 people in my digital courses, shared a stage with Tony Robbins, competed in the Ironman World Championships, sailed a boat around French Polynesia, walked the Kokoda Trek, met some amazing people and I’ve grown a team and a business that I’m truly proud of.

And… I’ve done quite a few of those things while being a Mum, and scheduling my runs and speaking gigs alike around the needs of my family.

If I can do it, you can, too. I believe in you.

Feeling inspired to lace up your running shoes?

You may be interested to know that my RUN with Turia program is opening up soon.

It’s a fun, flexible, and BS-free running program for Mums (of teens, toddlers, or even corgis).

I’m gonna keep you in the loop with more info, OK?

Pssst! I made you something!

A Spotify playlist to help you get out the door and into the zone before someone can ask “Mum, can I come running with you?”

OK, so you still don’t think you’re a “runner”?

That’s what these legends thought too.