Wild Ideas Worth Living: Catra Corbett

Catra Corbett on how to get sober, transform your life and become a record breaking ultramarathon runner and author. 

After battling drug addiction, Catra Corbett hit her bottom, finding herself in jail. Soon after she got sober, Catra discovered her love of fitness. And her love of running. To date, Catra, aka “the Dirt Diva”, has run over 260 marathons, over 137 100-mile runs and set numerous records including becoming the first to run the 424-mile round trip of the John Muir trail in just over 12 days.

Catra’s wild idea: To spend maximum time outdoors trail running while breaking ultra-marathon records and helping people and dogs along the way.

While she is known in the ultrarunning community for her brightly-colored hair, loud running outfits and numerous piercings and tattoos, most know her now for her tenacious spirit and giant heart.

A lover of animals, the vegan runner has adopted numerous dogs including a dachshund named Truman who she’s trained to run and who now has a following larger than many Instagram stars.

Catra recently penned a book, Reborn On The Run, where she shares her story in its most raw form. We talk about her book, being an unlikely runner, her love of dogs, and why and how she decided to share her most intimate truths.

Listen to this episode if:

  • You love running.
  • You want to try an ultramarathon race.
  • You or someone you know has struggled with addiction.
  • You love dogs (especially ones that run).