Alysia Johnson Montano

Alysia Montaño

This is motivational. Never give up. #Repost @womensrunningcommunity with @repostapp. ・・・ #motivationmonday While running an ultramarathon in Western Australia's Kimberley region four years ago, Turia Pitt was caught in a bushfire and burned over 65 percent of her body. When she was recuperating in the hospital, she told her family that she wanted to do an Ironman triathlon, despite being told that she would never run again. She spent 864 days in the hospital, endured more than 100 surgeries including finger amputations, and had to wear a recovery face mask for two years, but the indomitable 28-year-old engineer finally achieved her goal -- she completed today's Australian Ironman in 13 hours and 24 minutes! After Turia completed the 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike ride and 42.2 km run, she declared that “it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done." And, this comes after she rode her bike over 1,300 miles (2,000+ km) from Sydney to Uluru and walked the Great Wall of China over the past two years to raise nearly $200,000 for the reconstructive surgery charity, Interplast. "People never know what they're going to do in a situation until they're put in it," she said. "Some people might have given up, some people might have gone on to live a great life. I think my quality of life now is probably even a little bit better than it was before the fire." When asked how she made it through the Ironman, where she was greeted by the woman's race winner Beth Gerdes at the finish line, Turia explained that it was "just thinking about things in my life that I'm grateful for. Grateful to be able to experience the day, grateful for Michael, for my mum, for this beautiful country we live in and grateful that I'm still alive and can still experience the day." Her partner, Michael Hoskin, watched in amazement as Turia crossed the finish line, observing: "She couldn’t walk five years ago -- look at her now It has brought a tear to my eye and I don’t normally cry. It has been an amazing journey. It’s the indomitable spirit of the human being.” Via FB.com/amightygirl #WomensRunningCommunity #runlikeagirl #runner #runnergirl

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Because I'm not racing this weekend... This should hold y'all over. 📸: @nedtrim

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When you're so hungry that every song you listen to speaks to your stomach like... #Lemondade 🍋🐝

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#100DaysOut #RoadToRio

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#TBT Senior photos. #CanyonHighSchool #MyMomWasSoProudSheBoughtThese #SoccerLife

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Hurdle drills or... #RunningManChallenge w/ @juicyjaylewis & @watermalonewhite 📽:@Flotrack

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Head over to 👻 ladiesoftrack snapchat 👻 to see the morning workout that made me so delirious!

Alysia Montaño

In August of 2014 I gave birth to a baby girl. In June of 2015 I won my 6th Outdoor USA National title in the 800m. The story isn't as cut and dry as it seems. This win was 100% the end product of positivity and belief. Through my entire pregnancy I believed I could come back postpartum and continue to achieve my dreams. I knew getting back to Nationals was just a stepping stone to my ultimate goal of having another opportunity at making the Olympic team in 2016. I set goals that were very simple. Focus on fueling for breastfeeding and exercise. Focus on calm, rehabilitate core and pelvic floor muscles, take it one day at a time, rest, enjoy this time. My goal wasn't to prove how fast I could come back... NO my goals were focused on being smart, realizing with the hormones going through my body with breast feeding I had to be careful with speed and weight lifting, especially if I wanted to stay healthy so I could get after it in 2016. I expressed to my coach that I want to be in environment of the elite athletes at nationals, I want to remember the buzz I want to just do my best with where we are. We had very abbreviated training when we showed up to nationals. I ran with a different race strategy knowing where we were in terms of building strength back. I made it through two rounds to the finals. On the final day I told myself "whatever happens, happens... Allow your instincts to be your guide." I told myself "you're strong, you've got grit, fire and desire, give it all you've got, you've got nothing to lose." My coach said "no one is going to have anything negative to say about you going out there and trying, you have nothing to lose." I was victorious in just stepping up to the plate with odds stacked up against me. Fast forward 100 meters left to go and I was winning, the calm hat flew off and the the OMG, stop it hat came on... I was a mental warrior in this race and I am so happy I wasn't afraid not to race because I wasn't at my best. Here I am now in 2016 feeling stronger than ever, and I have this race to look back on, it reminds me "I can ___, I will___, I am___. " <- life mantra can be used in any instance.. Fill in blanks #motivationmonday 📸:JC

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Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. I'd like to send a special thank you @beyonce for thinking of me and putting out her LEMONADE visual album on my birthday... I'm flattered, really I am 😊. 🐝

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Hello Sunday!☀️

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