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Tough Girl Podcast

The Tough Girl Podcast is all about inspiring and motivating YOU! I will be interviewing inspirational women from around the world, who’ve faced and overcome difficult challenges and situations, they will share their story, their knowledge and provide advice and essential tips for you to overcome your own personal challenges. Please check out the Tough Girl Challenges website - www.toughgirlchallenges.com and follow on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL
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Now displaying: April, 2017
Apr 25, 2017

Chloe Phillips-Harris is a freelance adventure journalist. While her day job is riding, training, and competing with horses, adventure lurks around every corner. In the winter, she goes off the beaten path to adventure and shares her experience with journalism.

As a teenager, Chloe would get naughty ponies she had to train. The next step for her was training wild horses. Bonding with wild horses is a magical experience she goes back to again and again. You can hear the passion in Chloe’s voice for her horses.

Chloe has worked all over the world in places like Egypt, Fiji, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia to use her skills in new ways. Her interest in the world and animals propelled her to take amazing opportunities taking care of wild animals. Chloe raced unsupported in the Mongol Derby, what’s called the toughest horse race in the world. While dealing with sickness and wild animals, Chloe was spurred on by anger and kept going.   

 

Show Notes

 

  • Growing up in the Bay of Islands on a farm with her strong mother
  • Developing a passion for horses at an early age
  • Working with wild horses at 21 years of age
  • How Chloe gets wild horses and spends 16 hours a day with them
  • Bonding with wild horses and how it relates to other relationships
  • The wild horses Chloe’s learned to love and taught to love other people
  • Dealing with horses she hasn’t been able to connect with
  • Learning that we’re all similar from working with horses
  • A typical day in Chloe’s life
  • Enrolling in a double science major at Uni
  • Working hard at age 18 and winning the New Zealand Young Rider series
  • Getting burnt out at 23 and going to Egypt
  • Travelling around the world to use her skills in new ways
  • Caring for horses and doing aid work in Fiji, India, and Egypt
  • Seeing the worst parts of humanity at times and feeling burnt out
  • Writing about what she saw for horse and adventure magazines
  • Participating in the world’s toughest horse race, the Mongol Derby
  • Training for the Mongol Derby by running and riding in shorts
  • The difference between Mongolian horses and New Zealand
  • Getting sick during the Mongol Derby and dealing with incredible challenges
  • Being chased by wild dogs and having her horse bolt into a swamp
  • The most amazing experiences of the Mongol Derby doing exactly what she wanted to be doing

 

“It’s really important to do something in your life that you’re proud of.”

 

  • Being a part of the crew for the Mongol Derby this year
  • Getting to a crossroads and deciding what to pursue
  • Wanting to work with camels
  • Having an incredible experience watching a woman ride a reindeer

 

Social Media


Say Hi to Chloe on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

Feeling inspired week after week? 

You can do 3 easy things to help me continue to grow the podcast!

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  2. If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes! I read every single comment!
  3. Share the podcast with your friends, especially if you think it could help them, and spread the #ToughGirlPodcast love. 

 

Your support helps me continue to grow the podcast and do inspiring things in this space! Already done all 3? You’re a rockstar! Thank you!

Want to do more?

Please become a Patron and donate a small fixed amount every month to help fund the runnings costs.

 

Apr 18, 2017

Yorkshire Rows is a team of four working mums who dared to dream. They are the first women to row across the North Sea and holders of the Guinness World record for rowing 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean during the world’s toughest rowing race.

I’m joined by Niki Doeg and Janette Benaddi, two members of Yorkshire Rows. They share their story about life-changing adventure, witnessing the beauty of the elements, and discovering who you really are.

With corporate and medical backgrounds, spouses and children at home, these women committed to an adventure. They challenged themselves to prepare the finances, take the exams, and train themselves to row across the ocean.

Show Notes

  • How Janette and Niki began their careers and got interested in adventure
  • Meeting at a rowing club and becoming good friends
  • Deciding to embark on a challenge and getting family support
  • What their children had to say about their adventure
  • Being very passionate in order to accomplish a dream
  • Racing finances, learning about the ocean and taking exams
  • Supporting charities through their challenge
  • What it cost to row across the ocean
  • How long it took Yorkshire Rows to execute their idea
  • Transporting the 30 ft long boat
  • Preparing for the launch date
  • Recognising the danger of being out on the ocean
  • What it was like for Jeanette being the skipper
  • Dealing with the pressures of the row
  • Mentally preparing for the challenge
  • Getting annoyed with each other and dealing with it
  • What a typical day looked like during their row
  • Being bored, experiencing highs, and missing family
  • Finding comfort in the middle of the ocean
  • What it was like seeing land in the distance at the finish
  • Shouldering responsibility during the row
  • Celebrating their amazing crossing
  • Learning to be more relaxed about life and not be so cautious
  • What’s next for Niki and Janette
  • Coming out with a book about friendship and adventure
  • Last words of inspiration and not making excuses

 

Social Media


Connect with Yorkshire Rows at www.yorkshirerows.com/ and YorkshireRows@outlook.com

 

Feeling inspired week after week? 

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  2. If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes! I read every single comment!
  3. Share the podcast with your friends, especially if you think it could help them, and spread the #ToughGirlPodcast love. 

Your support helps me continue to grow the podcast and do inspiring things in this space! Already done all 3? You’re a rockstar! Thank you!

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Apr 13, 2017

***Thank you to all my patrons and all the amazing members of the Tough Girl Tribe - thank you for your continued support, in allowing me to share important stories like this***

 

Show notes

  • How she heard about the Tough Girl Tribe (thank you Lou!)
  • Life before children - running marathons and climbing mountains
  • Finding a lump in her right breast
  • Being diagnosed with a very aggressive type of breast cancer
  • How her whole world came crumbling down
  • Dealing with the shock and trying to come to terms with it
  • Losing control of her life
  • Joining a FB group for women under 45 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer - The Younger Breast Cancer Network
  • Setting her intentions from the start of the diagnosis
  • Spending New Years Eve doing chemo - and a reminder of why good friends are so important
  • A year of treatment
  • How much her mentality played a part in her recovery
  • Getting through the bad days and how she got through them
  • How her girls coped
  • Dealing with her hair loss and cutting her hair
  • Why she decided to take on a triathlon while undergoing treatment
  • Team Phoenix and signing up for a sprit triathlon
  • Her training and how it all worked
  • Her fears about the triathlon… swimming!
  • Why she kept on practicing and why she enjoyed learning a new skill
  • Drawing a line in the sand and using the triathlon as a way to mark the end of her treatment for cancer
  • Being so happy to be alive
  • Advice for other women who may be in a similar situation
  • Her next challenge in 2017!
  • Supporting Team Phoenix as a mentor for the ladies in South East London
  • Raising funds for Team Verrico
  • Looking forward to the future,  focusing on her family, her work and her exercise

 

***CHECK YOUR BREASTS - TODAY***

Apr 11, 2017

Paula Reid has achieved 150 things of her things to do before she dies list including skiing to the South Pole, walking on hot coals, kayaking the Thames, and running a marathon.

 

She believes in living life to the full and making the most of our one life. To seize and savour is her mantra from taking advantage of amazing opportunities to savouring beautiful, small moments.

 

In one of her challenges, Paula sailed in a race around the world with only 2 months of preparation. The team faced a number of trials and accidents, ultimately making it home in 10 months. Later, Paula became the 14th international woman and 3d British woman to ski across the full distance from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.

 

Show Notes

 

  • Finding her sense of adventure and discovery
  • Becoming a rebel as a teenager and falling in with the ‘right’ crowd
  • Starting her living life list and adding a diversity of challenges
  • The challenges that stand out for Paula
  • Feeling stuck in a job she enjoyed and deciding to sail around the world
  • How Paula has been able to afford these challenges
  • Training to sail in 2 months with no prior experience
  • Dealing with overwhelm and worry
  • Using mantras and taking things one step at a time
  • Leaving the port for the yacht race
  • Experiencing medical evacuations, man overboard
  • Working as a ‘pit chick’ on the boat
  • Dealing with accidents during the race
  • Bouncing back from depression as a team
  • Coming home after a 10-month race
  • The difficulty of coming back after a great adventure
  • Getting the dream to ski across the South Pole
  • Finding an adventure partner and telling friends and family about her goals
  • Skiing in a temperature colder than a freezer
  • Facing a major challenge with an injury
  • Balancing the seize and savour
  • Paula’s next challenge, 50 Good Turns
  • Getting in touch with Paula at www.paulareid.com
  • Looking forward to biking Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania
  • Paula’s tips on living life to the full
  • Writing a list of what you’ve done already and creating your live life to the full list
  • Planning for a worm charming competition

 

Social Media


Find Paula’s book and connect with her on www.paulareid.com. She’s also on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

Feeling inspired week after week? 

You can do 3 easy things to help me continue to grow the podcast!

  1. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, so you won’t miss a single episode
  2. If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes! I read every single comment!
  3. Share the podcast with your friends, especially if you think it could help them, and spread the #ToughGirlPodcast love. 

Your support helps me continue to grow the podcast and do inspiring things in this space! Already done all 3? You’re a rockstar! Thank you!

 

Want to do more?

Please become a Patron and donate a small fixed amount every month to help fund the runnings costs. 

 

Apr 4, 2017

Over the last twenty years Anna-Marie’s journey has taken her from icy snow holes in Norway, to the desolate plains of Afghanistan and Iraq while working for the British Army. Most recently she’s been pushing her endurance boundaries running various ultra races & competing in long distance triathlons. 

Her diet, lifestyle and work has turned a full 180 degrees from being totally over weight and unhealthy to being tucked up in bed by ten with a diet based on real food and competing at a high level in endurance sports. Her passion has focused in on the mindset aspect of endurance/adventure/challenges and what you can learn from them to apply to your every day life 

 

Endurance Portfolio 

•Marathon des Sables - finished 2nd lady & top 50 overall (2015)

•Ultra-Trail World Tour Future Series Cappadocia 110km – finished 1st lady & 5th overall (2016)

•Course records in The ONER (2016), XNRG Cotswolds Way (2015) & XNRG Round the Island (2016)

•Qualified IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships 2013 & 2014

•IRONMAN 70.3 Aix en Provence (2014) & Weymouth (2016) placed 3rd in age group

•Ultra-Trail World Tour sponsored athlete

•Supported by French endurance company W A A

•Other races include: St. Oswald’s Way 100 mile, North Face 100, Everest Marathon, UTMB CCC, Challenge Roth, GeoQuest 48 hour adventure race.

 

Show notes

  • Connecting at the WAEXPO event in January
  • Getting AnneMarie to introduce herself
  • Hating PE when she was a child, but loving the outdoors
  • Being involved in Cadets and Duke of Edinburgh
  • Being sponsored by the Army & going to university, before heading off to Sandhurst
  • Being in the military for 9 years and going on operational tours in Afghanistan
  • Running her first marathon, but never really enjoying running on the road
  • Meeting her husband while in the Army
  • Deciding she wanting to do an ultra in 2007
  • Deciding on the Everest Marathon!
  • Getting perspective on the world & finishing the race!
  • The race which has really challenged her mental limits
  • What goes through her mind before she races - the planning, the preparation, the route, visualisation and her internal chat and why she checks in with herself a lot during the race
  • Why she has a strategy to be positive during the race
  • Deciding to commit to your goals 
  • Advice and tips to help you take your first steps and why you should always ASK people for HELP
  • Being scared of even going into a bike shop
  • Training for the Marathon des Sables and getting the balance right
  • Her concerns before the race
  • Her race and the point which really challenged her!
  • Being one of the top 5 females on the long day
  • “Just do your best”
  • Trigging my memories of Marathon des Sables
  • The race to the finish and coming in 2nd women!
  • Would she do the race again?
  • Trying to pick races which have a special meaning
  • Advice and tips for when you’re going after your first ultra,  why you should build up to it and be kind to yourself.
  • Getting into Ironman & training in Dubai
  • Being horrific at swimming and wanting to sort it out
  • What a typical training week look likes and why it does vary
  • Getting her genes tested - DNA FIT to understand more about what she should be eating and how she should be training
  • Avoiding junk miles and why you should either be doing, long slow runs or speed work.
  • Why it’s about the quality of your training and not the quantity
  • How she recovers and why it’s all about sleep!
  • RFM Coaching - how the company started and has evolved
  • Why performance is so important in all areas of your life
  • Loving her life!
  • NLP
  • Quick fire questions from the tribe:- kit, mantras, books, food & theme songs!
  • Future plans for 2017 - learning how to swim properly & taking on the UTMB!

 

Contact Anne-Marie

anna@rfmcoaching.com

www.rfmcoaching.com

@rfmcoaching

 

Feeling inspired week after week? 

 

You can do 3 easy things to help me continue to grow the podcast!

 

  1. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, so you won’t miss a single episode
  2. If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes! I read every single comment!
  3. Share the podcast with your friends, especially if you think it could help them, and spread the #ToughGirlPodcast love. 

 

Your support helps me continue to grow the podcast and do inspiring things in this space! Already done all 3? You’re a rockstar! Thank you!

 

Want to do more?

Please become a Patron and donate a small fixed amount every month to help fund the runnings costs. 

 

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Apr 2, 2017

Part 3 - 7 Women - 7 Challenges 2017

 

At the start of 2017 after feedback from the Tough Girl Tribe. I started 7 Women - 7 Challenges. 

Throughout the year I will be interviewing 7 women as we follow them on their journey of going after their own personal challenges. We will learn what really has to happen for people to achieve their goals, we will hear about their frustrations, disappointments, set backs, as well as their successes and achievements. 

It is real stories, from real women, living real lives. 

This is part 3*

 

Timings

 

Jen Dxyhorron - 4 mins

Jo Jo Rogers - 33 mins

Georgie Akin-Smith - 1.07

Gemma Smith - 1.35

Rachel Wise - 2.09

Laura Try - 2.47

 

*We will be catching up with Rae Red in Part 4

 

Show notes

 

Jen Dykxhoorn

 

  • Visiting friends and family in Canada
  • How our last conversation reinvigorated her training plan
  • Signing up for 1 month gym membership and doing 20 classes
  • Feeling strong, powerful and feeling even more energised 
  • Moving back to Sweden for 3 - 6 months
  • Update on her everyday magic goals  - from reading more books to flossing her teeth everyday
  • Being inspired by the adventurous women from the Tough Girl Podcast
  • Being inspired by the book “Wild Women”
  • Cultivating good habits 
  • Champagne Goals - are in progress and her first goal will be checked off soon when she moves back to Sweden
  • The planning and preparation for her August cycle ride - LEJOG
  • Working with her sister to plan the trip in more detail
  • The power of lists
  • Sorting out the route and accommodation
  • How her PHD has helped her to plan for her adventures
  • Using permanent lists
  • Her city break to Poland and taking a break from life and being able to switch off 
  • The 3 Ps - Packing - Planning - PHD 
  • Her end of month check in - “Structured Reflection”
  • Feeling good about the progress she’s made in both her training and her PHD
  • The Passion Planner - Why she loves it and has used it religiously for the past 2 years
  • Filling that space when you’ve finished your goal
  • Her focus for the next few weeks
  • Thinking about an ultra marathon!
  • Looking for an ultra marathon race in July somewhere in Europe - Any ideas!
  • Continuing the, Year of the Mighty Thigh!
  • Sunning 6k to get to wifi!
  • Why she’s also going to focus on strength training as a use for injury prevention

 

Her Sister - Karen Dykxhoorn - Follow on Instagram @hopefulgoat  & twitter @hopefulgoat 

 

Jo Jo Rogers

 

  • What’s been happening since we last spoke
  • The snowshoe races!
  • The World Snowshoe Championships… with no snow!
  • Getting ready to race when the course conditions were so terrible
  • What the route was like and being fearful of getting hurt
  • Finishing 3rd in the world for women aged between 50 - 59
  • How she celebrated
  • The National Snowshoe Championships… 10 ft of snow!
  • Her race strategy
  • Watching her daughter race
  • How she deals with nerves before a race
  • Travelling next year to Spain for the World Championships with her daughter
  • Mother daughter bonding
  • Her next race in Texas
  • Starting to pick up training again
  • Training for snowshoeing in the dirt and the grass
  • Mixing up her training
  • The challenges she is dealing with at the moment - sleep, nutrition, 
  • Weekly millage… 130 
  • Junk miles?
  • Running easy miles
  • Overtraining and how she knows
  • Happiness
  • Speed work and how she does it - her favourite is progression training 
  • Sleep habits
  • What she’s learnt from the races so far
  • Feeling selfish, because she’s doing what she loves
  • Living the life she wants to

 

Georgia Akin-Smith

 

  • 2 of her challenges have been completed!
  • How she was feeling before her duathlon in Windsor
  • Getting to the venue super early
  • What the course was like
  • 10k run - 40k bike - 5k run
  • What was going through her head on the start line
  • Trying to remember to run her own race
  • Her race strategy 
  • What she learned from the experience
  • Why being prepared helped her
  • Her “oh no” moments
  • Her final transition and what her legs were like
  • Trying to fit another duathlon into her schedule for this year!
  • Her 2nd challenge
  • The Cross Country Ski Marathon in Switzerland!
  • Training for the Ski Marathon in Hyde Park!
  • Not being able to get into her rhythm
  • The downhill and why it was harder
  • Her next challenge - The London Marathon
  • Suffering with a hip injury
  • Why you have to listen to your body
  • 120 mile cycle ride, 10 hours in the saddle with few stops
  • What she was eating on her cycle ride
  • Going for a Bike Fit
  • Feeling nervous about her next cycle challenges
  • Her current fears about the upcoming races
  • Mantras and visualisation to help with her challenges

 

Learn more about Georgia and her future challenges www.gwhodares.com 

Twitter @GWhoDares & Instagram @GwhoDares

 

Gemma Smith

 

  • What Gemma has been up to since we last spoke
  • Working hard, making the most of her weekends and spending time in Chamonix
  • Skiing, climbing and heading up North in the UK to head into Snowdonia in Wales
  • Some low level hiking just below the snow line
  • Enjoying ice climbing and leaning new skills to help in the mountains
  • Heading over to Italy to climb and being one of the few girls out there
  • Practicing screwing in ice screws and different ways of belaying on ice
  • What good ice should look like
  • Thinking about the long term and why she’s learning these skills now
  • Having the aim to be skilled and fit enough to face any challenge on the mountain
  • Working with her personal trainer
  • “Hurricanes” a new fun way of training!
  • Working in a hypoxic way
  • Trying to maintain everything she’s doing
  • Heading back to Chamonix in Easter
  • Getting everything ready for her trip in August
  • Getting her accommodation all booked for August - staying in mountain huts on the way
  • Dealing with Raynaud’ s while out in the cold
  • The £200 pair of gloves…
  • Starting to blog - Adventures of a novice mountaineer
  • Why she’s going to start upping things now
  • Trying to do more ridge walks to get as much exposure as possible
  • Her next challenge in Chamonix and planning another trip to Scotland
  • Finding a good guide through - Adventure Base
  • Tips from her guide - John
  • The challenges over the past few weeks, especially trying to balance work
  •   How she keeps her motivation going especially day to day
  • Collecting local art work and reminding herself why she’s doing it
  • Why music helps to keep her motivated as well as talking to people
  • Why you have to be a little bit crazy to pursue what you love 
  • Nutrition for mountain days
  • The Sandstone Trail in Cheshire - potential training walk for me!  
  • Keeping updated with Gemma via Instagram, twitter and her blog!

 

 

Rachel Wise

 

  • A reflection on how she was feeling a few months ago
  • Turning a corner 
  • The website is now live, and she’s up and running on twitter and Instagram
  • Air BNB is starting to make money which is great going into the savings account
  • Speaking with their landlord about being able to sublease the house while they were away
  • Being able to come back to the same house in Switzerland once they finish travelling
  • Paying for the flights and being all booked up as far as they can with regards to flights
  • Planning the budget per day for each place they visit
  • Progress regarding the girls education
  • The focus for the coming weeks
  • Trying to figure out what to do with their dog!
  • Feeling more organised and getting on top of things
  • Documenting the journey through the website and via social media
  • Not getting twitter, and not seeing how it can work for her
  • Enjoying Instagram and finding it fun
  • Feeling more positive about everything
  • Training for the Geneva Marathon
  • What’s she learned so far
  • Telling work…..
  • Blog post - “Are we who we say we are?”
  • Ignore the haters and the negative comments
  • Feeling proud of the website, and crossing of items on her to do list
  • Applying to be a house sitter for July
  • What else she’s be working on in the coming weeks - from running the Geneva Marathon to sorting out accommodation for their trip, and planning the US road trip
  • Visit the website - www.slowtravelfamily.com  and follow on twitter @SlowTravelFam  and Instagram @slowtravelfamily

 

Laura Try

  • Life is tough
  • Formulating a plan
  • New members of the LT Support Crew
  • The issue of raising funds for the challenge
  • The struggle of getting in front of the right people
  • £6k raised and another £15K needed to reach her target in 9 weeks or else she will be kicked off the team
  • New strategies every week e.g. last week cold calling
  • How’s she's handling the pressure
  • Having a melt down a few weeks ago
  • Not being able to rest, if she rests, then nothing else happens
  • Trying to remain positive
  • Waking up at 6 am - working all day and then back on the laptop working (every day)
  • What the options are?
  • Feeling embarrassed if she doesn’t do it
  • Focus on the positives
  • Being featured by Health & Fitness Magazine!
  • New videos being made
  • Making progress
  • Speaking with Lauren Morton 
  • Connecting with local business people
  • The £150 club!
  • Speaking to Jamie Sparks
  • Cold calling!!
  • Learning new skills!!
  • Making changes to sponsorship brochure 
  • No time for training 
  • Having to sacrifice; food, sleep and training to focus on sponsorship and funding
  • Mental health
  • Feeling on the edge
  • How its become an obsession
  • The focus for the next few weeks
  • Wishing she done crowdfunding first
  • Debt?
  • Creating a video for the - Road Rower!
  • Being proactive
  • What she’s learned from the past few weeks
  • Not being able to think straight
  • How to connect with Laura - Facebook, twitter, Youtube, and visit her website
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