Best-selling author, running coach, and Mum to two delightful little human tornadoes boys.
Back in 2011, I was caught in an out-of-control grassfire while competing in a 100 km ultramarathon in the Australian outback.
I was choppered out of the remote desert barely alive, with full-thickness burns to 65% of my body. I lost seven fingers, had over 200 medical procedures, and spent two gruelling years in recovery.
Learning to run again felt impossible.
Walking was hard enough. Really hard.
I had to go into gyms feeling super self conscious about my new body. I endured commentary from strangers saying stuff like, oh, I don’t think you’ll be able to do that and I don’t think people want to see you wearing that, and even worse, from patronizing strangers saying good job sweetie when I did a simple task.
It physically hurt to move my body. Creaky joints, stiff burnt skin, wounds that were still healing.
And couldn’t run more than 20 metres without feeling totally out of breath.
But I did learn how to run again.
This time, I tried a different approach. It’s the same approach I teach inside my running program for Mums, Run with Turia, and it’s based on the principles I share in this guide to motivation too.
It’s a method based on DOING LESS.
Lowering your expectations, allowing yourself to be a beginner, and having compassion for your self.
I got so good at running that I competed in the Ironman World Championships. Yep, I did that five years after being burned to 65% of my body.
If you struggle with motivation, if you feel totally unfit, and completely overwhelmed about how to even get started on your fitness journey, I can help.
Let me teach you how to run.