Imagine working your butt off to complete a huge goal: an Ultramarathon. This was the dream of runner Turia Pitt. She was a quarter of the way through the 100K Kimberley Ultramarathon in Australia in 2011 when she was caught in a brushfire that trapped her in a rocky gorge. Sadly she had third-degree burns covering 65 percent of her body. Doctors said she would never run again, but she’s proving them all wrong with an even bigger goal.
Recalling the event, Pitt shared, “It was so surreal, it felt like a nightmare, and we had to wait four hours for help to come.” Finally, a helicopter came to their rescue and took her to the hospital. “Doctors told me I would never run again and that was a massive moment for me. You know, I was 24 years old, my whole life was ahead of me and I’d always prided myself and drawn a lot of my self-belief from my athletic ability,” says Pitt.
Proving them all wrong, she started training from her hospital bed for the next big thing: the Ironman World Championship. This is the world’s toughest single day endurance event— a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run – a difficult course for even the world’s top athletes.
She trained for a year and a half and finally completed the race in May of 2016 in 13 hours, 24 minutes, and 42 seconds, coming in 137th out of 263 women.
So if you’re ever feeling down or need some inspiration to go after your goals, remember Pitt’s story and these empowering words: “When I’m in pain or I want to quit I just remind myself of everything I’ve gone through. I really believe anyone can do anything if they just put their mind to it, and take one step at a time.”