Catra Corbett, a vegan and professional ultra-endurance runner, just set the record for the fastest time on the California Muir Ramble Route. Corbett completed the 310-mile journey in seven days, nine hours, and 49 minutes, completely on foot. The athlete wasn’t alone during this epic long run. She kept time with a small crew of pacers, along with her determined dog, TruMan. In her Instagram post, with herself and two of her crew, she wrote, “These two guys gave it their all and went the last 66 miles overnight. They gave up the comfort of a bed and slept in the ground with me. They made sure I made it safely to the finish. I owe my FKT to these guys. Along with (Phil & TruMan) Thanks to my trail brothers @jayleesadventures and @dave_wiskowski for helping me to #doepicshit #dohardthings.”
Livekindly reports that: Along with this support, Corbett sustained herself with Muir energy gels, avocados, natural vegan bars, and almond butter packs. She also ran in vegan trail running shoes made by Hoka One One.
Setting an athletic record for such a grueling challenge is an incredible feat in itself, but the accomplishment is even more unfathomable given that Corbett completed a 150-mile trail race just four days before beginning this new challenge. She commented on Instagram, “Not sure why on earth I expected the #muirramblerouterun 310 miles would be easy.” Both the physical and mental effort must have been all-consuming, but judging by her photos, one would almost believe that it was easy. Each post features Corbett smiling, striking poses, and cuddling with TruMan. Her hot pink running skirt and matching pink hair also add to the fun-loving photos.
Aside from her rock star looks, Catra Corbett is a standout in the running world on her accomplishments alone. Catra is the first American woman to run over one hundred miles or more on more than one hundred occasions and the first to run one hundred and two hundred miles in the Ohlone Wilderness,and she holds the fastest known double time for the 425-miles long John Muir Trail, completing it in twelve days, four hours, and fifty-seven minutes.
She went vegan 24 years ago as a way to combat her drug addiction.
After two years of addiction, Catra is busted while selling, and a night in jail is enough to set her straight. She gives up drugs and moves back home with her mother, abandoning her friends, her boyfriend, and the lifestyle that she came to depend on. Her only clean friend pushes her to train for a 10K with him, and surprisingly, she likes it? And decides to run her first marathon after that.
In Reborn on the Run: My Journey from Addiction to Ultramarathons the reader keeps pace with Catra as she runs through difficult terrain and extreme weather, is stalked by animals in the wilderness, and nearly dies on a training run but continues on, smashing running records and becoming one of the world’s best ultrarunners.