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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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Jul 23, 2020
Anoushé works as a civil servant, and also writes, speaks and campaigns to encourage people that sport can be done by everyone, regardless of physical capabilities. Anoushé was born missing her right arm below the elbow, has survived cancer, and lives with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
 
Anoushé continues to be a role model and is an ambassador for ‘LimbPower’, the leading amputee and limb different charity, and for ‘Ehlers Danlos Support UK’. Anoushé has helped to encourage more women and girls to get into climbing by sharing her story through, ‘This Girl Can Climb’ campaign. Last year Anoushé decided she wanted to do more and helped to co-found ‘Paraclimbing London’, an initiative to make climbing more accessible for people of all abilities and backgrounds, they currently have over 160 members of all abilities. 
 
Anoushé continues to works with ‘Grit&Rock’, a foundation which aims to get girls from socially deprived backgrounds empowered through climbing. During this podcast, we catch up with Anoushé and find out what she’s been up to since we last spoke with her in October 2017.
 
You can listen to Anoushé on the Tough Girl Podcast and Tough Girl Podcast Extra. New episodes are every Tuesday at 7am UK time. 
 
Make sure you hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss out.
 
Show notes
  • Finding out more about Anoushé Husain
  • Dealing with multiple health conditions 
  • How Covid has impacted on her life
  • Focusing on what she can control
  • Making sure that she is ok
  • Having to social distance to the extreme
  • Looking for the positives in the situation
  • Dealing with a knee dislocation and having mobility problems
  • The importance of climbing on a regular basis
  • Training for a secret special project!
  • Maintaining a positive focus and overcoming obstacles
  • Getting outside for a short walk 
  • Meeting her fiancé and getting married
  • Reflecting back on 2018 and outdoor climbing!
  • Making a short film - If I Can
  • The difference and challenges of climbing outside
  • Ranking 3rd in the UK for her category
  • Reflecting back on the past 3 years and changes to climbing
  • Para Climbing London
  • Blok Fest
  • Feeling the pressure to perform when climbing
  • Dreams and ambitions for the future
  • Wanting to cater for more people with mental health conditions
  • Why it's ok to climb in a three
  • Plans for 2020
  • Quick Fire Questions
 
Social Media
 
 
Instagram @anoushehusain
 

 

Jul 21, 2020
Michelle Griffith-Robinson OLY is a former Olympic athlete who represented Great Britain in the Triple jump.  Michelle was the first woman in the UK to have jumped over 14 metres. Michelle is married to Matthew Robinson, an ex professional Welsh rugby player and she has three children.
 
In 1999 after leaving professional sport, Michelle became qualified as a personal trainer and stated to follow her passions of helping others through coaching and mentoring her own clients. Michelle is also one of the lead mentors for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust – which helps young people get their lives back on track.   
 
During this podcast, Michelle shares more about her early years, her passion for sports, the importance of having role models and what life was like as a professional athlete before making the transition out of elite competition. Michelle provides top tips and advice to help you achieve your dreams and goals. 
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go Live every Tuesday at 7am UK time! 
Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out! 
 
Show notes
  • Who is Michelle
  • Having 3 older brothers
  • Coming from a sporty family
  • Why doing just sport, wasn’t something you just did
  • The importance of education
  • Dreaming of a career in sports…
  • Attending the Youth Olympics
  • The importance of female role models
  • The importance of working hard and doing your best
  • Being encouraged and supported by her mum
  • Joining a local running club
  • Being the first woman in the Commonwealth to jump over 14m
  • What it was like going to the Commonwealth Games
  • The pressure of performance in the sporting world
  • Needing a support team
  • What it was like being a professional athlete
  • The power of being supported 
  • Deciding to leave university
  • Dealing with financial stress
  • Pensions, houses and sponsorship money
  • Being dropped by the National Lottery
  • Deciding to become a Personal Trainer
  • Building a new career 
  • Developing new skills
  • What exercise looks like now
  • A new Youtube channel - The Fit Family Robinsons!
  • Being an Ambassador for Diabetes UK
  • Needing to make changes to her diet
  • Wanting to raise awareness and make a difference
  • Diet and nutrition (one size does not fit all)
  • Starting as a mentor at the Youth Sport Trust 2009
  • Working for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in 2012
  • Words of positivity and encouragement
  • The importance of having a plan 
  • Measure your plan 
  • SMART - Specific - Measurable - Achievable - Realistic - Time Bound
  • Meeting her husband
  • Quick Fire Questions
 
Social Media
 
Instagram @michellegriffithrobinson 
 
Twitter @RobinsonOly
Jul 14, 2020
Selene Yeager is a top-selling professional health and fitness writer who lives what she writes as a NASM certified personal trainer, USA Cycling certified coach, Pn1 certified nutrition coach, pro licensed off road racer, and All-American Ironman triathlete.
 
Selene has written, co-written, and contributed to more than two dozen books such as ROAR, Bike Your Butt Off!, and Get Fast! She is a frequent contributor to Runner’s World, Women’s Health, and Shape magazines, and has a regular advice column for Bicycling magazine called “Fit Chick.” 
 
During this podcast we learn more about Selene’s early life, how she got into cycling and writing. We discuss the challenges of training for an Ironman and her top tips for mental resilience and balancing everything you have going on in your life. Selene also answers some quick fire questions and provides top tips and advice to motivate and inspire you. 
 
You can listen to the Tough Girl Podcast on iTunes, Spotify & Soundcloud! New episodes every Tuesday 7am UK time! 
 
Show notes
  • About Selene
  • Early family life
  • Loving to ride her bike everywhere
  • Not having female role models growing up
  • Leaving high school and going to college and not playing sport
  • Studying and partying
  • Getting into publishing and writing
  • Being surrounded by incredible people
  • Transition into an Ironman
  • 16 weeks to Ironman….
  • Hiring a swim coach & an ironman coach…
  • “The year I did everything right”
  • Not loving competition
  • Being goal orientated and liking challenges
  • Dealing with set backs
  • Being single minded
  • Balancing family, marriage, and training
  • 2015 - starting to race independently 
  • Moving into gravel racing 
  • Mental resilience and focus
  • Being a co-author on the book ROAR
  • Meeting Dr. Stacey Sims
  • Tracking periods
  • What a typical week looks like now
  • Doing weights and yoga
  • Diet and nutrition 
  • Life as an author and writing books about cycling and bikes
  • Racing with Rebecca Rush in Brazil
  • Dealing with frustrations via communication 
  • Quick Fire Questions
 
Social Media
 
Website - https://www.seleneyeager.com 
 
Instagram @FitChick3
 
Facebook @FitChickSeleneYeager
 
Twitter @FitChick3
Jul 9, 2020
Paula is an adventurer, speaker and author, but, most of all, she’s a trier. For thirty years Paula suffered crippling anxiety, panic attacks and depression that would eventually rob her of even the most basic freedoms. After decades of medication and intervention, adventure became Paula’s personal therapy in 2012, when she became Paula Must Try Harder, trying the 17 Commonwealth sports, facing her fears head on and fighting her way back into the world. 
 
Ever since, Paula has terrified herself daily in the name of recovery, and now spends all that nervous energy writing and speaking about the importance of allowing a little fear into each day. From flying a plane and wing-walking to becoming a triathlete when she couldn’t actually swim, Paula’s adventures demonstrate that even the most ordinary person can do extraordinary things when they give that little bit extra.
 
Paula is currently trying something new every day in 2020. 
 
Take a listen to Paula on the Tough Girl Podcast Extra!
 
Show notes
  • Who is Paula
  • What she had done
  • Dream Jobs Challenge
  • Becoming an everyday adventurer 
  • Being terrified of failure 
  • Walking away from the Big Mad Swim around Great Britain 
  • Dealing with post adventure blues
  • The Year of Fear
  • Becoming a different person
  • The process of dealing with loss
  • TedX Talks
  • Writing a list of all her fears
  • Having a support team 
  • Adventure as a full time job
  • Writing her second book
  • Trying something new everyday 
  • The start of 2020
  • Starting with a beach clean
  • Trying to fit in the adventures/challenges around everyday life
  • Feeling exhausted in the first two weeks
  • Having a purpose
  • Dealing with Covid 
  • Knowing her trigger points and keeping herself well
  • Therapist?
  • Getting use to the new ‘normal’
  • Quick Fire Questions
 
Social Media
 
Website http://www.paulamusttryharder.co.uk 
 
Facebook @pmusttryharder 
 
Instagram @pmusttryharder
 
Twitter @pmusttryharder
 
Youtube  @paulamusttryharder
 
Jul 7, 2020
Sabrina a 42 year young mum of 4 and grandmother of 2, comes on the Tough Girl Podcast to share more about her early life, dealing with racism from a young age, suffering from anxiety and post natal depression after her first child at 18.
 
Sabrina, shares more about her reasons for wanting to take on the Marathon des Sables, a challenging 250km, multi-day ultra race across the Sahara desert. 
 
Sabrina goes into detail about planning and preparation, making the commitment to the race, dealing with anxiety during training and takes us back to the emotional moment of crossing the finish line and achieving her goal. 
 
Sabrina also shares more on the challenges of being a mixed race woman, racialized as Black, living in a rural community and why diversifying the outdoors, and specifically the ultra running community, is so important.
 
Show notes
  • Who is Sabrina
  • Growing up in Stroud
  • Not growing up sporty
  • Putting on 4 stone while pregnant
  • Getting into the gym after her first child
  • Suffering with post natal depression 
  • How exercise helped
  • Depression and anxiety 
  • Her goal to help 1 Million people to use their anxiety to accomplish
  • Discovering the Marathon des Sables
  • Creating a 10 step program for herself to help achieve a life changing goal 
  • Celebrating her 40th birthday!!
  • Becoming very focused on her goal
  • Developing personal strategies to help manage her anxiety
  • The power of research 
  • Being coached by Elisabet Barnes (Winner of MDS 2015 & 2017)
  • Getting focused and immersed in what you want to do
  • Committing to the challenge & paying money
  • Having a good support network in place
  • Choosing who is part of the inner circle
  • Anxiety and mental resilience 
  • Feeling uncomfortable in her own skin
  • Training to run in sand
  • What finishing the race was like
  • Adventure blues
  • The importance of having focus
  • Rural racism and Black lives matter
  • Diversifying the outdoors
 
Social Media
 
Instagram @sabrunsmiles
Jul 2, 2020
We have been following Jessica (Trail name - Dixie) since 2016 when we first spoke with her about her thru hike of the Appalachian Trial, we then caught up with Jessica in Feb 2019, when she shared more about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. 
 
During this episode, Jessica shares more about her most recent challenge - walking 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago, which is also known as the French Way. The journey begins at Saint Jean Pied de Port, in France, and goes through four of Spain's 15 regions, ending at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
 
Jessica shares more about her experiences of this walk, what she wanted to learn and what made it such a special journey. She also shares more about future challenges, and provides top tips and advice for your next hike!
 
You can listen to Jessica/Dixie on the Tough Girl Podcast and watch her vlogs on the Homemade Wanderlust Channel.
 
Show notes
  • Who is Jessica
  • How she got into hiking
  • Her passion for hiking 
  • Wanting to travel abroad to hike
  • Thinking about the Camino
  • Hiking with her sister - Montana
  • Getting her first passport at 30
  • Planning to head over to Europe
  • Preparation for the trip
  • Not wanting to over research
  • Not booking a return flight
  • The Wine Fountain!
  • Taking the time to think
  • The culture shock of Paris
  • Getting homesick
  • Ketchup!!
  • Comparing thru hikes in America to the Camino
  • Hiking Vs a pilgrimage
  • Appreciating home more
  • Stepping outside her comfort zone
  • Heading over to New Zealand in October…
  • Homemade Wanderlust Youtube Channel
  • Reaching Santiago!
  • Heading to “the end of the world!”
  • Heading off to Italy after the walk
  • Quick Fire Questions
  • Final words of advice 
 
Social Media
 
Website - https://homemadewanderlust.com 
 
Facebook @homemadewanderlust
 
Instagram @homemadewanderlust
 
Youtube - Homemade Wanderlust
Jun 30, 2020
Sally Gunnell is an Olympian who won Olympic gold in the 1992 400-meter hurdles and took gold at the 1993 World Championships in the 400-meter hurdles.
 
Sally is the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth! Since retiring from international athletics, Sally has gone onto become a  television presenter, keynote speaker and wellbeing advocate.
 
Sally shares more about her early years, her passion for running, how she has overcome setbacks and the ebb and flow of motivation. We talk about wellness, meditation, nutrition, daily routines and why confidence is everything!
 
Listen to Sally on the Tough Girl Podcast!
 
Show notes
  • How Sally would introduce herself
  • Learning more about her childhood
  • Getting into running 12 years old
  • Joining Essex Ladies
  • Being inspired by the Olympics at 14 years old
  • Being inspired by female role models
  • Why it was about the journey
  • Training for the 1992 Olympics
  • What training looked like
  • The ebb and flow of motivation and maintaining it
  • Why confidence is everything in the world of sport
  • Dealing with setbacks and self doubt 
  • The mental side of training 
  • The power of the mind
  • Having to put the work in 
  • The Olympic Race for gold in 1992
  • The gold medal!
  • The sacrifice involved to achieve olympic gold
  • The transition moving on from being a professional athlete
  • How much exercise plays a part of her life now
  • Dealing with the menopause 
  • Running the London Marathon in 2006 after her 3rd baby
  • Sports Day Challenges!
  • Tips for wellbeing
  • What happiness is for Sally
  • Meditation
  • Food & Nutrition 
  • Quick Fire Questions
  • Sally’s Run Club
  • Final words of advice 
 
Social Media
 
Website https://www.sallygunnell.com 
 
Facebook @sally.gunnellobe
 
Instagram @sallygunnell
 
Twitter @SallyGunnell
 
Sally’s Run Club
Jun 25, 2020
Elisabet is a Swedish ultra running athlete, who is also a two time winner of the toughest footrace on the planet - the Marathon des Sables - which she won in 2015 and 2017. 
 
We first spoke with Elisabet for the Tough Girl Podcast in 2015 when she shared more about her earlier life, working as a management consultant, how she got into running and what it was like winning her first big race. 
 
A lot has changed in the 5 years since we last spoke; Elisabet has remarried, sold her old running business and is now living in Norway and studying sex & relationship therapy. While still coaching her running clients. 
 
During this episode, we find out what’s been going on! We talk about dealing with pressure, going through a divorce, meeting a new man, leaving the UK to move to Norway. Plus changing her diet to plant based, and why she is wanting to transition out of competitive running. 
 
Listen to Elisabet on the Tough Girl Podcast Extra! 
 
Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out on any new episodes!
 
New Episodes every Tuesday at 7am UK time, with bonus episodes on a Thursday at 7am UK time!
 
Show notes
  • Catching up with Elisabet
  • Who is Elisabet
  • Making a living from running since 2015
  • Working as a management consultant in London
  • Changing jobs in 2014 and starting to train more for running
  • The impact from winning the Marathon des Sables in 2015
  • Taking the risk and daring to jump!
  • Finally leaving the corporate world in 2016
  • Reflecting back on 2016
  • The new challenges she had to face
  • Dealing with the pressure to perform
  • Racing and winning races all over the world!
  • Separating from her husband and trying to sell the business
  • The start of 2017
  • Not wanting to let anyone down
  • Coming 4th in MDS in 2016 - being 2 mins off the podium
  • Getting super focused and removing distractions from her life
  • Winning the MDS in 2017 
  • Focusing on what she can control 
  • Putting in the work and feeling confident
  • Focusing on the mental side of training
  • “The Queen of the Desert Ultra” - Lesson in Badassery
  • Top tips for running in desert ultras
  • Being flexible and being able to cope with the unexpected 
  • Walking and hiking during ultra races
  • Fast packing/hiking adventures in Nepal and Sweden
  • Doing the Everest Trail Race 
  • Meeting her husband
  • Changing to a plant based diet
  • Moving over to Norway
  • Deciding to study - Sex, Health & Relationships!
  • Being your authentic self
  • Learning to be kinder to her body
  • Struggling to find the motivation to race 
  • Taking the time to reflect during Covid
  • The second half of 2020
  • Final words of advice for making changes in your life
 
Social Media
 
Website - https://elisabetbarnes.com 
 
Facebook @elisabetbarnes
 
Instagram @elisabetbarnes
 
Twitter @elisabet_barnes
Jun 23, 2020
Sunny started leading multi-day backcountry trips in the mid-2000s as a student at Harvard College.  She went on to obtain an MBA from Harvard Business School and pursue a career as a management consultant while simultaneously expanding her climbing and mountaineering skill set.  
 
At the end of 2015, Sunny decided to leave behind the business world in order to focus full-time on climbing and running mountains. 
 
Today, she is a professional mountain athlete with multiple speed records on Aconcagua, the Annapurna Circuit, and in the Colorado Rockies.  
 
Sunny is a Wilderness First Responder and an AIARE Level II avalanche professional.  
 
Listen to Sunny on the Tough Girl Podcast as she shares more about her life and the amazing adventures she has had around the world.
 
Show notes
  • Who is Sunny 
  • Not being into sports 
  • Growing up as a couch potato
  • Getting into running and not enjoying it
  • Building up her running to marathon distance
  • Deciding to run a 100km ultra race 
  • Studying politics as an undergrad 
  • Loving adventure books
  • Female role models
  • Being inspired by her mum
  • Finally falling in love with running
  • Looking for a new adventure!
  • 36hrs to run 100km….
  • Working in a corporate job for 5 years
  • Making the decision to quit her job and go in a new direction
  • Making the transition to a full time adventurer
  • Dealing with unhappiness and making changes to her life
  • VanLife!!!
  • Climbing Aconcagua in 2014 solo & unsupported!
  • Sexism while climbing mountains
  • Deciding to start AWExpeditions to empower women
  • Completing the 360 challenge in Aconcagua - 104km run around the mountain and up to the summit and then backdown… 47hrs & became the first woman to do it!
  • The mental element of the challenge
  • Dealing with uncertainly and the unknown obstacles and challenges
  • Training for challenges
  • Dealing with failure
  • Challenging days in the mountains 
  • Holding the speed record on the Annapurna Circuit in 2017
  • Running in boots
  • Funding her lifestyle 
  • The Summit Scholarship 
  • Final words of advice - “Stop wishing - start planning”
 
Social Media
 
Website - http://www.sunnystroeer.com 
 
Facebook @sunnystroeeradventure 
 
Instagram @sstroeer
 
Travel Company  @dreamlandsafari 
 
AWExpeditions - Mountaineering expeditions and high altitude treks for women, by women.
 
Website - https://www.awexpeditions.org/about 
 
Instagram -  @awexpeditions
Jun 18, 2020
Alex, 36, is a multi-discipline adventurer, since 2015 she has hiked over 9,400 miles across America and New Zealand on the Pacific Crest, Appalachian and Te Araroa Trails. Alex has cycled around 4,000 miles across Australia and Indonesia, she’s also climbed up to 6,500m on Mera Peak in the Himalayas and has rowed across the English Channel. 
 
During this podcast Alex shares more about her most recent adventure rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. She talks about the preparation, the challenges, dealing with sea sickness and adventure blues and what she hopes to achieve in the future. 
 
As always Alex gives lots of practical advice and tips to help you achieve your dreams and goals.
 
Listen to Alex on the Tough Girl Podcast!
 
Show notes
  • Who is Alex
  • What adventures and challenges she's done
  • Getting the idea for rowing an ocean in 2016
  • Team mate wanted on explorers connect 
  • Dealing with doubt - can I do this….
  • Why the timing the first time wasn’t right
  • Rowing the Atlantic as a training row..
  • Signing up for 2 rows!
  • Partnering with Oxford Brooks University to continue the research 
  • Getting a taste for Ocean Rowing by rowing the English Channel
  • Dealing with injury and sea sickness…
  • Funding the rows
  • Getting sponsorship
  • Qualification and skills needed on an independent row
  • Starting rowing on the 5th January 2020
  • Final weeks of preparation
  • Starting from Lanzarote
  • Being on the Ocean!
  • The power of team work to get the boat ready
  • The realities of life on the boat
  • Being ill for the first 2 weeks with sea sickness
  • Rowing 2hrs on 2hrs off
  • Pooing and periods on the boat
  • Moving from a 4 person crew to a 3 person crew
  • The memories and moments which stand out
  • Not believing it’s been achieved
  • Dealing with adventure blues, Covid and planning for the next row
  • Changes to future plans
  • adjusting to a new normal
  • Getting a part time job with Tesco
  • Working with Jo Bradshaw 
  • Final words of advice   
 
Social Media
 
Alex
 
Website https://masonalexandra.com 
 
Instagram @masonalexandra
 
Facebook @alexmasonadventurer
 
Youtube @AlexMason
 
Rowing - Monkey Fist Adventures - Mixed crew rowing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in 2020 as team Brain Waves. Supporting research into Parkinson’s Disease and PTSD
 
Website - https://monkeyfistadventures.com 
 
Instagram @_monkeyfist
 
Facebook @monkeyfistadventuresltd
 
Twitter @_monkeyfist
Jun 16, 2020
Danielle in her own words…
 
“I've always had big dreams for my future. Even though I didn't always have a clear idea of what that success would look like, I knew that whatever vocation I eventually settled into I was going to be good at it. Failure was not an option.
 
My plans came crashing to a halt when I was struck down with a disability as a teenager that severely effected my mobility. I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a rare and very painful condition in my feet. At a stage in your life when you're figuring out who you are and what you want to do with your life, this was a challenging but I came to realise that whilst you can't control what happens to you, you can control your response to it.
 
Determined to live life on my terms, I looked around for a sport that didn't involve lots of running around or walking and took up archery on my 15th birthday. This was the first step on a journey that saw me rise to Paralympic glory, dominating my field for over eight years. During this time, I also proved doctors wrong by successfully juggling a law degree and achieving first class honours.
 
Three years after taking up the sport, I stepped straight into the international circuit as World Number 1 and had soon accumulated a number of titles, including that of Paralympic Champion in Beijing 2008. Always striving to improve, I transitioned onto the able-bodied team. In 2010 I became the first Para athlete to represent England in an able-bodied discipline where I won the gold medal in the team event. London 2012 was the tournament I was most excited about and I worked incredibly hard, committed to retain my Paralympic title in such a prestigious setting. The proudest moment of my life was receiving my gold medal in front of that home crowd at London. The support of the entire country was overwhelming, but it was also the first time that my family and friends had ever seen me compete internationally and this made standing on the podium a very special moment.
 
Archery was such a big part of my life and I was fully committed to making the team for Rio and trying for my third gold medal, but life has a way of throwing up setbacks when you least expect it. In 2013 I learned that I had failed to classify under the new rules and that I could no longer compete at Paralympic events. I started archery because I was fed up of all the limitations imposed on my life and archery helped a disillusioned teenager come to terms with having a disability. In one moment everything I had worked so hard for was gone, just because I didn’t tick a box. 
 
I wanted to discover what it took to be the best in the world, and I got there because I always believed I would. Now I am moving onto other exciting projects and challenges, where I am determined to be as much of a success as I have been in my sport. This time I get to help others achieve their ambitions and goals through my work as a speaker, trainer and coach.”
 
Listen to Danielle as she shares more on the Tough Girl Podcast.
 
Show notes
  • Who is Danielle?
  • What life was like growing up
  • Having issues as a teenager
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Dealing with pain
  • Why role models are so important
  • Lack of role models in the media
  • The struggle of not knowing 
  • Being desperate to get back into sports
  • Archery!
  • Progressing quickly in her sport
  • Performing better under pressure
  • Dealing with setbacks in international competition
  • Needing to rethink her mindset
  • The link between confidence and pressure
  • How Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics changed her life
  • Having a mental meltdown and dealing with it
  • “What if I’m not good enough”
  • The power of other people’s belief
  • Going to university to study law
  • The transition to the able bodied team
  • Getting the training right and figuring out a routine
  • Dealing with pain all the time
  • The London 2012 Para Olympics
  • Coming down to the last arrow…. in an all GB Final…
  • Working with Sports Psychologists and coaches
  • Training in NLP
  • Changes in classification rules
  • Deciding to start her own company
  • Making the next decision in her career
  • Following her passions and translating that into a career
  • Why inclusion matters
  • Not wanting to offend people
  • How to have difficult conversations
  • Writing her first book —>>Be Your Best Self
  • Final words of advice 
 
Social Media
 
Website https://www.daniellebrown.co.uk
 
Instagram @daniellebrownmbe
 
Facebook @daniellebrownmbe
 
Twitter @Danibrownmbe
 
Book
 
Be Your Best Self
Jun 11, 2020
Nicky first came on the Tough Girl Podcast in 2018 where she shared more about her early running career and completing the Double Ramsay Round and becoming the fastest women to do so!
 
Nicky held the women's records for all three Rounds simultaneously until 2016, and is the holder of the overall record for the double Bob Graham Round and the only person ever to complete doubles of the other two Rounds.
 
Nicky is passionate about running and during this episodes she shares more about her training and preparation, running the perfect race, as well as touching on nutrition, dealing with mind games and participating in the Barkley Marathon in 2019.
 
Find out more about Nicky from our first interview - https://www.toughgirlchallenges.com/single-post/Nicky-Spinks 
 
Show notes
  • About Nicky
  • Her passion for running
  • Ultra Tour Monta Rosa 2018
  • When a race goes to plan
  • Deciding to go faster at the half way point
  • Eating while running
  • Not trying new foods anymore!
  • Using gels
  • Using poles on climbs
  • Planning for the perfect race
  • The Barkley Marathon 2019
  • The hoops you have to jump through to enter the race
  • The mind games….
  • The preparation for the Barkley
  • Doing research on the race
  • Keeping everything the same 
  • Not knowing what time the race would start
  • Not being able to switch your mind off
  • Not knowing what time it is day or night
  • No Spot trackers!
  • Why you are racing the clock and not other people
  • Taking us back to the start line
  • Making the decision to drop out of the race
  • Reflecting back on the race
  • Dealing with brain fog and when your brain isn’t working
  • Planning to do the Barkley again 
  • Writing an essay…
  • Doing the Double Paddy Buckley Round 2019 
  • Running with other people
  • Advice for doing the Double Paddy
  • Quick Fire Questions
 
Social Media
 
Website http://www.runbg.co.uk 
 
Twitter @NickySpinks
 
Instagram @NickySpinks
 
Watch Last Woman Standing - Barkley Marathon 2019 
 

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Jun 9, 2020
Sensi Graves is a professional kiteboarder, entrepreneur, speaker, kiteboarding instructor and writer. In 2007, she tentatively signed up for a kiteboarding lesson in North Carolina’s Outer Banks and immediately fell in love. Just two years later, she applied to be a kiteboarding coach, relocated to the East Coast, and started collecting accolades. The Hood River, Oregon, local regularly places in the top three at some of the biggest international kiteboarding invitationals, garners continuous coverage in kiteboarding magazines, and leads women's kiteboarding retreats worldwide.
 
In 2012, Sensi launched her eponymous swimwear label, Sensi Graves Bikinis, to meet the demands of her sport. The Mission - To empower women to get out there and do what they love by giving them the confidence they need and swimwear they can rely on. The values: create an awesome product, empower women in sports & protect the environment. 
 
“This big, beautiful life is meant to be lived and we do so with an open heart, an adventurous spirit and a smile on our faces. When all else fails, we laugh and have a margarita.” - Sensi Graves
 
Show notes
  • Who is Sensi
  • What life was like growing up
  • Moving to San Diego to go to college
  • Learning how to kite board
  • Falling in love with the sport
  • What kiteboarding is
  • Deciding to become a professional
  • “Eat, sleep, dream - Kiteboarding”
  • Surrounding herself with people who were on the same path
  • Making money from kiteboarding
  • Starting her own bikini company
  • Gaining confidence in kiteboarding
  • Dealing with imposter syndrome
  • Keeping going after set backs
  • Why you don’t always need to keep on pushing
  • Celebrate the effort, celebrating trying.
  • Re-visit your WHY
  • Why there isn’t a typical day or week
  • Learning systems and how to allocate out time
  • Getting her morning routine dialled in.
  • Top tips and getting sponsorship
  • The power of relationships
  • Dealing with challenges and setbacks
  • Encouraging women to get in the water
  • Equality in the sport
  • Keeping motivated
  • How can we actually make a change
  • Sharing stories and highlighting the stories of women
  • Final words of motivation
 
Social Media
 
Website - https://sensigravesbikinis.com 
 
Instagram @sensibikinis
 
Facebook @sensibikinis
 
Twitter @sensibikinis
Jun 2, 2020
Elle is a Fitness Professional based in the UK, with a degree in Exercise Science and over a decade of experience in Sport Development, Leisure Management, Personal Training and Group Exercise. 
 
Elle in her own words -
 
I've come to understand that my skills lie in sharing insight, providing input, relating to others and quite often, playing 'devils advocate'. My passion is in learning, sharing that learning and listening to the stories of others. No matter what role I have undertaken, there has always been as aspect of people and community - from working in Sport Development looking after education programmes for London based Fitness Professionals to my own space on the internet - keepitsimpElle.com - where I bring together my strengths, skills and passion in the fitness industry.
Elle’s goals - 
 
“Create a community which inspires and motivates people to live an active, healthy lifestyle whilst fostering empowerment through conversations which add value and allow for informed choices”
 
 
Show notes
  • Who is Elle and what she does
  • Growing up as an only child
  • Getting into sports at a young age
  • Being encouraged to do all the extra curricular activities
  • Getting into running and athletics
  • Losing all motivation for exercise and sports for a few years
  • Following her passions at school and university 
  • Getting back into sport and being active
  • Having a lack of motivation to do exercise
  • Getting motivated to do exercise now
  • Her passion for teaching
  • Starting to blog in July 2012 after being inspired by the London Olympics
  • Starting to work with Nike
  • Not being much of a talker
  • How her blog evolved over time
  • Figuring out blogging as she went
  • Getting qualified as a personal trainer
  • The realties of being a blogger and personal trainer
  • What a typical week looks like
  • What really matters
  • What the priorities are
  • Creating structure in a week
  • Advice and tips for women who want to get into Personal Training
  • Figuring out what you want to do and what the best qualification would be 
  • Elle’s running story
  • Advice for running your first 5k 
  • Mental tips for keeping on going
  • Getting into cycling
  • Cycling to Paris over 3 days - riding 100 km per day
  • Learning how to be part of a team
  • The RedBull Time Lapse - 25hr Challenge
  • Getting the team together and the challenges of getting to the start line
  • Learning who she is when sleep deprived and hungry
  • Putting a race plan and strategy together
  • How the RedBull Time Lapse worked
  • Dealing with sleep deprivation 
  • Goals and races on the bucket list
  • Final words of advice 
 
Social Media
 
Website https://www.keepitsimpelle.com 
 
Instagram @ellelinton
 
Facebook @simpelle
 
Twitter @X_eLle_S
May 26, 2020
In 2011, at the age of 31, Ursula was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and later spent 17 months walking around Wales raising money and awareness of ovarian cancer. Since the walk, Ursula went on to write a book about her experience “One Woman Walks Wales”.
 
During this podcast we learn more about Ursula’s early life, when she discovered that she did have stamina, leaving school after doing her GCSEs and spending time with her sister in Spain, as well as her kayaking journey down the river Danube with no experience.
 
Ursula shares more about the challenges she has faced and overcome, what she has learned on the way and how she has struggle with self confidence and belief, but also why she knows she is a work in progress. 
 
After living in a van and working for a number of years to save money, Ursula at 39 was finally ready to head back out to the Ukraine to start her walk home across Europe.
 
*Due to the Corona virus Ursula is now in lockdown in France. Ursula will continue her journey when it is safe to do so.
 
Show notes
 
  • Childhood memories
  • Finding out that she did have stamina
  • Counselling
  • Deciding to go travelling at 29
  • Dreaming of travelling around East Europe
  • Going to live with her sister in Spain
  • Kayaking down the Danube River with no kayaking experience
  • Let’s just see what happens
  • Being diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer  (Stage 1 A) - December 2011
  • Having no support and no shelter
  • Staying on friends sofa’s
  • Needing to have checks up’s post treatment
  • Deciding to walk to hospital appointments
  • Finding out she was still capable
  • Deciding to raise awareness (in 2012) about Ovarian Cancer and its symptoms
  • Dealing with uncertainty
  • 13 months on the road walking 3,700 miles
  • Dropping out of school after GCSEs
  • Never thinking she was capable of writing 
  • Struggling with self confidence 
  • Getting in contact with Honno Publishing
  • Why writing a book is similar to an endurance challenge
  • Being a work in progress
  • Deciding to walk across Europe and where the idea came from
  • Planning the adventure 
  • “If I was going to do this, what would I need?”
  • How to prepare for a challenge without getting overwhelmed by the idea of the challenge
  • Leaving for Ukraine in August 2018
  • Not being able to write the book and save for adventure at the same time
  • Living in a van for 3 years and doing house sitting to save money
  • Not being focused on luxuries
  • Being determined to achieve her goals and being able to save up enough money
  • Being terrible at planning
  • Not picking a specific route….
  • Just walking as far as she can each day - there is no judgement on distance 
  • Hitchhiking 3 days to the start line in Kiev in the Ukraine 
  • Reasons for hitchhiking
  • Having one day off a week
  • Starting walking as early as possible
  • The route
  • The impact of corona virus 
  • Being in full lockdown in France
  • Asking for help in France and finding a place to stay
  • Isolation and loneliness 
  • Adjusting to the new normal
  • Living on the generosity of others
  • The mindset on having enough
  • Making the journey with a book in mind
  • Trying to stay off her phone
  • Writing to photos
  • Keeping a healthy and happy mind and body
  • How you can follow along and support Ursula
  • Final words of advice
  • Whatever you are is enough - whatever you can do is enough
 
Social Media
 
 
Support Ursula via Patreon 
 
Instagram  @onewomanwalks
 
 
May 21, 2020
We first spoke with Janey in November 2018 when Janey shared more about her early life, the challenges she has faced and overcome; from breaking her back in a horse riding accident to losing her purpose and way. We also discuss her solo 630-mile trek on the South West Coast Path. 
 
https://www.toughgirlchallenges.com/single-post/Janey-McGill
 
During this podcast we catch up with Janey and find out what she’s been up to since November 2018, she discusses conflict, the loss of her father, the challenges of leading a team. As well as sharing more about filming and writing a book about the expedition and her plans for the future. 
 
Show notes
  • Who is Janey
  • How she would describe herself
  • Doing what makes her happy
  • Wanting to cross the Empty Quarter
  • How things have changed
  • Dealing with weaknesses and insecurities
  • Having no where to run when in the desert
  • How the team evolved
  • Funding the challenge (savings, compensation, sponsorship and debt)
  • Having Land Rover support the expedition with vehicles
  • Doing something new for the first time
  • Figuring out problems as she went on
  • Getting to the start line!
  • Feeling unfulfilled and not knowing what do to with her life
  • Going thru a grieving process for the life she wanted
  • Exploring relationships and conflict
  • Why it’s ok to think differently
  • Why you can’t make everyone happy
  • “We don’t have to be friends to be a team”
  • Being filmed while out in the desert
  • Creating a documentary
  • Writing a book about the experience and the challenges involved…
  • Spending time with her dad at the end of his life
  • Forgiveness?
  • Figuring out purpose constantly 
  • Choosing not to have children
  • Racing Heroes 
  • Future dreams
  • Quick Fire Questions
 
 
Social Media
 
Website - http://www.janeymcgill.com 
 
Instagram @janey.mcgill 
 
Facebook @janeymcgillexplorer
 
Watch the short film on Youtube
May 19, 2020
Jo is known by her twitter and Instagram handle @HappyHealthy50 which is where I first discovered her. 
 
Jo is 53 years young and lives on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Jo is a single mum, after getting divorced in her early 40s and has two sons aged 21 and 17. 
 
In May 2014, after the loss of her mum, Jo decided to row a million metres and marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support. For eight months Jo would head down to her local gyn and hop on the rowing machine. She would then row 10,000 metres. She would do this every other night after work - through her dedication and hard work, Jo raised £10,000 for charity.
 
During this podcast Jo also shared more about her experiences with menopause and peri menopause and how exercise helped her both physically and mentally and how she began to incorporate more of it into her life. 
 
In September 2016 Jo picked up a paddle board for the first time and she had no idea where it would lead! Since that moment, Jo has gone on to become the first women to stand up paddle board (SUP) 162 miles /260km from coast to coast (Liverpool to Goole) across Great Britain. 
 
Jo talks more about self confidence, dealing with grief, living her dreams, joy and learning to be proud of herself.
 
Show notes
 
  • Who is Jo
  • More about her family
  • Her greatest joy at the moment
  • Learning more about her childhood
  • Growing up in North Yorkshire
  • Her love of the sea
  • What life was like in her forties
  • Going through a divorce
  • “I can’t do this anymore” - “I just want to sleep”
  • Getting through the tough times
  • Getting an old indoor rowing machine
  • Starting to be able to sleep
  • Fitting in the exercise
  • Taking the first step 
  • Having no expectations
  • Why fitness wasn’t a priority 
  • Raising money in memory of her mum
  • Deciding to row 1 million metres and a marathon!!!
  • Rowing 10,000 every over night for 8 months (200 days)!!
  • Dealing with her grief and needing to get it out of her body
  • What is was like turning 50
  • Jo’s experience of menopause and peri menopause 
  • Having to put herself on the priority list
  • The power of exercise 
  • Doing stuff (exercise) that she love
  • Learning how to say no to stuff
  • Joy!
  • Jo’s paddle boarding journey
  • Rain or Shine 30 - getting outside for 30 mins everyday
  • Paddle board the North - 162 miles coast to coast in Great Britain
  • Putting her dream away
  • Needing to have a big dream to pull her into the future
  • To trust in the timing of your life
  • The planning and preparation for the coast to coast challenge
  • Getting the time off work
  • Working backwards from the start date
  • Facts make dreams possible 
  • Why it didn’t feel hard
  • The physical challenges of the expedition
  • Living her dream
  • Picking up litter on the journey
  • Having people question her ability while on the water
  • The positive impact on self confidence and believe
  • Being proud of starting the challenge
  • Trusting in herself more
  • Creating a short 1 min film
  • Final words of advice for women around being brave
 
Social Media
 
Website   https://healthyhappy50.com
 
Instagram @healthyhappy50
 
Twitter @healthyhappy50
May 14, 2020
We first spoke with Arita on February 8th 2016. Since then Arita has continued to follow her passions. She has recently returned from her 2nd expedition to the rainforest in Papua New Guinea. 
 
While in Papua’s New Guinea, Arita has been focusing on life in the forest. This has involved taking sound recordings of ambient sounds, birds, etc. with the goal of producing a podcast in which the forest is the main character. There has also been a focus on the birds and how they communicate with each other and the local people.
 
For the past two years Arita has also initiated a landscape project in the Netherlands to rewild Dutch minds and to innovate mainstream cartographic maps. Arita also shares more about starting the - Dictionary for the Future.
 
Arita in her own words,
 
“Thirty years of exploration in wild places taught me that the separation between man and nature is an idea that exists in the western mind only. Nature is not ‘out there’, we are part of it. During my travels I was struck by the intimate way herders and nomadic people relate to the natural environment. Land in those regions has agency, intelligence and spirit. Closer to home, in the Netherlands, nature is considered a resource or at best a pleasant decor. We are stuck with an outdated model of reality. Let’s explore new narratives and in doing so create the world we want to live in!”
 
This is a fascinating podcast which will get you to explore more of your mind and the different way of explaining the world.
 
Show notes
  • Welcoming Arita
  • Who is Arita
  • What is her background?
  • Exploring difficult ways of explaining the world
  • Different realities at the same time
  • Starting a project in Holland
  • Nature spirits
  • A new way of mapping
  • Mapping subjective experiences
  • Deep mapping
  • The impact of the virus on our lives
  • How everyone and everything is connected
  • Needing to explore new places
  • Heading out to Papa New Guinea in 2016
  • The challenges of the jungle
  • Communication with the birds in the jungle
  • Studying bird language
  • Making a podcast with the sounds
  • Doing pioneering research 
  • What it was like on expedition
  • Making sure there were women in the team
  • What is ecological intelligence?
  • Not being spiritual or religious
  • Believing in nature spirits
  • Funding the expeditions
  • The power of setting a deadline
  • Money is important - but - Believe in your own mission
  • Trust in yourself
  • Getting all the information she needed 
  • The next steps after the expedition
  • Needing discipline in order to get the work done
  • Working on the podcast 
  • Dealing with loneliness 
  • The dictionary for the future
  • Special words
  • Quick Fire Questions
  • Final words of advice
 
Social Media
 
Website  http://www.aritabaaijens.nl 
 
Facebook - Arita Baaijens
 
Twitter - @aritabaaijens
May 12, 2020
Louise is a Dundee based person trainer and endurance athlete. She has spent her career focusing on improving the mental and physical health of women, utilising her expansive knowledge to adapt recommendations to allow each individual to strive for an improvement in their health.
 
Louise has struggled with depression throughout her life. This in turn has been the driving motivation for the fundraising Louise has undertaken over several years. To give an example of the extent of her running ability, one of the races she ran in 2016 was the Marathon des Sables, raising over £5,000 for Dundee Association for Mental Health, covering 154 miles over 6 days in gruelling conditions. 
 
Louise describes herself as a ‘middle to back of the pack’ runner, loving to chat with fellow runners along the way, to hear their stories and what has brought them to take on their current challenge.
 
Louise is passionate about raising the profile of mental health, holding talks in schools and businesses as well as the general public. 2017 saw the launch of Dundee mental health awareness week – Heart Tay Heart, started by Louise herself.
 
2020 will see Louise take on her biggest challenge to date #2020RunNorthSea it involves 7 countries, 2 feet and over 3,000 miles in approximately 100 days.
 
Show notes
  • Who is Louise and what she does
  • Her passion for rugby and running
  • Deciding to become a personal trainer
  • Sports and self esteem
  • Sharing more about her journey of mental health
  • Managing her own mental health
  • Taking photos while out running
  • Having alternatives to manage your mental health apart from exercise
  • Needed to get out of her own head
  • Continuing to learn about herself and what works
  • Having a gratitude journal - A positivity journal
  • The 100 Day Run in the Cotswolds 
  • Having her eyes opened to a whole new world of people and challenges
  • Starting to do fundraising
  • Running the Marathon des Sables in 2016
  • Going back to university while working full time
  • The MDS - “Being brilliant and awful in equal measures”
  • Having too much time in her own head
  • Rolling her ankle on the first day of MDS 
  • The horrific sandstorm on the 1st day
  • Having a good cry and letting it all out
  • Growing into the challenge
  • Wanting to go back and do the challenge again
  • 2017 - The West Highland Way Race - 95 miles in 35 hrs
  • Dealing with some of the worst weather in Scotland
  • How having a 20 min power sleep made all the difference
  • Finishing the race in 30 hrs with thanks to her support crew
  • Key lessons learned from extreme endurance events
  • Having physical fitness and being able to go to the next level mentally 
  • 2017 - Launching Dundee mental health awareness week – Heart Tay Heart
  • Focusing on the services that are being provided to help support mental health
  • #2020RunNorthSea
  • Starting the run from her home town in Dundee
  • Aiming to do 100 days - approx 40 miles per day - with a rest day every 7 days
  • Key aims and objectives from doing this challenge
  • Hopping that people will come and join her on the route
  • Getting support from so many people in the local community
  • Deciding to do this challenge…
  • Doing the challenge solo
  • Dealing with other peoples fears and concerns
  • Don’t let other people limit you and your dreams
  • How to fund and pay for the challenge - Feed Me Days - £25
  • The challenge of female hormones on training and day to day life
  • Working with your monthly cycle
  • Follow Louise on Social Media
  • Final words of advice
 
Social Media
 
Instagram @silverfoxm3h
Facebook @louisejohnstoneOCR
May 7, 2020
Carolin Botterill is a 54 year old mom of 3 grown daughters. She lives with her husband and dog in Calgary, Canada. 
 
Carolin loves taking herself on ultra-running and backpacking adventures to far-flung corners of the globe, and she is passionate about shining the light on mental illness as a member of the Bigger Than the Trail team. 
 
During this podcast episode we catch up with Carolin, who we first spoke to in November 27th 2018.  Since then Carolin has gone on to her first 100 mile race a dream she has been working towards for over 8 years! Carolin shares more about that experience, what she did differently and how positivity helped her during the race. 
 
Carolin also shares more about dealing with her first DNF (Did Not Finish) at the start of January 2019 during the Spine Race in the UK, plus camping solo in the back country and what it was like running the Jungle Ultra with a friend. 
 
Show notes
  • Who is Carolin
  • Her achievements in 2019
  • Smashing a 100 miles (her 5th attempt)
  • How she trained differently
  • Having a goal for 8 years and continuing to work towards it
  • Getting over the mental block in doing a 100 mile race
  • The power of staying positive during the race
  • The Spine Race - January 2019
  • Dealing with a DNF
  • Bouncing back from failure blog post
  • Doing the canal walk from Liverpool to Leeds
  • Respecting the race
  • The British Weather…
  • Getting back out to running pretty quickly
  • Preparing for the next challenge the Jungle Ultra in Peru
  • The benefits and challenges of doing a race with a friend.
  • Wanting to be brave and have courage
  • Going camping in the back country solo
  • Why being out in nature by yourself is very empowering
  • Being alone with your own thoughts
  • The start of 2020 
  • Escape from the Jungle
  • Wanting to take her races to the next level
  • Doing the challenge solo 
  • 14 competitors with 2 women
  • What the survival training was like
  • Feeling unprepared before the start…
  • What the race was like
  • Getting outside her comfort zone with a 200ft waterfall
  • Not enjoying the experience
  • Managing fears while being out in the jungle
  • Quick Fire Questions
 
Social Media
 
Website/Blog - https://accidentalultrarunnerblog.wordpress.com 

Facebook: @accidentalultrarunner

Instagram: @carolinbotterill

May 5, 2020
Rosie, 25, a fell runner, climber, wild swimmer and all-round mountain lover from the Lake District in the UK is currently running to Mongolia! While running, she’s searching for stories about new ways of living and working while meeting our needs in a time of climate crisis.
 
"I will also cross as many mountain ranges and areas of wilderness, remoteness and natural beauty as I can”
 
Rosie started her solo and self supported run on the 17th August 2019. Along the way, Rosie will be meeting with people from projects who are creating a new, and a more sustainable way of living, and who are dedicated to tackling the climate crisis and its related issues. Rosie will share these stories through her website.
 
"By exploring the climate crisis and it’s solutions through a story of adventure, I aim to explore these issues in a fresh and personal way."
 
Show notes
  • Who is Rosie
  • Starting on the 17th August
  • Being stuck in Kosovo 
  • Where the idea for the run came from 
  • Looking for a job after university
  • Keeping the plan very vague and loose
  • Moving the start date from October to August
  • The planning and preparation
  • Trying to be flexible with the route
  • Creating her own website 
  • Contacting brands for sponsorship
  • Trying to get local media interested
  • Planning the first couple of weeks of the route
  • Paying for the challenge
  • Deciding to set up a Go Fund Me account
  • Having a budget of £50 per week…
  • Problems with sticking to the budget
  • Only planning to run for 1 year….
  • Why she decided to finish her run in Mongolia
  • The route so far
  • The physicality of the challenge
  • Having a running buggy for parts of the challenge
  • Meeting people and seeing a different range of projects
  • What it’s like wild camping
  • The biggest challenge while out on the run
  • How to cope with the tough days
  • Food and music
  • Daily routines
  • Being stuck in Kosovo due to the Corona Virus
  • Final words of advice for other women 
 
Social Media
 
Website  - https://newstoryrun.wordpress.com 
 
Go Fund Me Page - https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-new-story-run-a-climate-activism-adventure 
 
Instagram @RosieWats
 
Facebook @RosieWatson:TheNewStoryRun. 
 
Twitter @r_birdshouts
Apr 30, 2020
Audrey in her own words..
 
In November 2013, I made a bit of running history when I became the first Scot (and second British woman) to complete my Antarctic Odyssey — the Antarctic Ice Marathon and Antarctic 100km double — in the space of three days, and this is one of my greatest achievement.
 
Crossing that 100k finish line marked both the end of a journey and the beginning of a new one...
 
In 2015, I completed the North Pole Marathon and became the first Scot to complete all 3 polar races. I also added the West Highland Way Race and West Highland Way Triple Crown and 100 miles in 24 hours at the Glenmore 24 hour trail race to my tally of achievements.
 
In January 2017 I became the first person to complete the double extreme marathon event of the Namibian Sand Marathon and Genghis Khan Ice Marathon: 36 degrees to minus 32 degrees.
 
During this podcast we will be focused on what Audrey has been up to since 2017. Audrey will share more details about the double extreme marathon event of the Namibian Sand Marathon and Genghis Khan Ice Marathon. Audrey will share more about the challenging races and what she has learned on the way, she will also share more about the global odyssey and how her dreams and goals have evolved over time. 
 
If you are a passionate runner and enjoy hearing tales of adventure and challenge, then this is the perfect episode for you! Enjoy!
 
The Global Odyssey story so far:
  • Antarctica - 2013, The Antarctic Ice 100k and The Antarctic Ice Marathon. 
  • Europe - 2017, Grand Raid Des Bogomiles 100k. I have run a number of marathons in Europe.
  • Asia - 2018, The Gobi Desert Global Odyssey 100k and 2017 The Mongolian Ice Marathon
  • Africa - 2019 The Moroccan Global Odyssey 100k and 2017 The Namibian Sand Marathon.
  • South America -  2019 The Patagonian Global Odyssey 100k and 2014 The Volcano Marathon.
  • Oceania - 2020 The New Zealand Global Odyssey 100k and the Global Odyssey New Zealand Marathon.
 
Show notes
  • Who is Audrey
  • How she got into running
  • Trying an ultra!
  • Reflecting back on 2017
  • Her goal to run an ultra on all 7 continents and having someone else do it first
  • How it change her ultimate goal
  • Needing a different dream
  • Taking the sense of urgency and time out of the goal
  • Dealing with the extreme heat and extreme cold of running challenges
  • David Scott from Sandbaggers 
  • Menstruation and menopause and impact on training
  • The Global Odyssey 
  • Failing the first challenge
  • Getting some of the basics wrong from hydration to taking salt tablets
  • Dealing with the aftermath of failure 
  • Going to the Gobi desert in August
  • Starting to run without headphones
  • What a normal training week looks like
  • 3rd time lucky with running in Africa
  • Heading to Argentina in April 2019
  • Losing her mum and not being able to run
  • Deciding to head to New Zealand for the next ultra and marathon race
  • Quick Fire Questions
  • Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you
 
Social Media
 
Website www.audreymcintosh.co.uk.
 
Instagram - @aa_mcintosh
 
Facebook - Audrey McIntosh
 
Twitter - @audreymcintosh 
Apr 28, 2020
Gina 28, from Sweden has a passion for travel and adventure, and for pushing herself outside of her comfort zone. Her goal is to “Escape the Ordinary”. Over the past few years, that is what Gina has done!
 
On May 14th 2016 Gina left Sydney on a bicycle, with everything she would need to be self sufficient as she cycled 2,700km up the east coast of Australia to Cairns, where she stayed for 2 months.
 
In early 2018 Gina decided to take on her first big solo winter expedition, skiing 60 days from North Cape to Jäckvik  in Sweden, having never skied before. Since then she has gone on to cross  Lake Baikal in Siberia (Russia), 692 km  over 14.5 days - Going solo from South to North and most recently she did the NORGE PÅ LANGS a 3,000km walk over 3.5 months, from the southernmost point in Lindesnes to North Cape the northernmost point of Norway.
 
During this episode, Gina shares more about her early life, how she got into adventure, how she picks future challenges and what she has learned on the way. Gina also provides top tips and advice to motivate and inspire you as you go after your next challenge.
 
Show notes
  • Who is Gina
  • Growing up in Sweden around horses
  • Why she decided to enter the world of adventure
  • Leaving school at 16 and starting to work with horses in a professional capacity
  • Getting into Thai boxing and trail running
  • Being inspired by podcasts
  • Not being excited by work anymore
  • Starting to look for a new challenge in her life
  • The process behind getting more adventure in her life
  • Deciding to cycle the East coast of Australia with her now ex boyfriend
  • Spending 3 months living in the mountains
  • Dealing with injury
  • Starting to be scared when riding horses
  • What she would do differently on a big cycle trip
  • Where the idea came from for the ski expedition
  • Wanting to see more of her own country
  • Having no experience in skiing
  • Deciding to start at North Cape - the northern most point in Sweden
  • Starting 3 week later than planned due to delayed equipment and bad equipment
  • Doing the challenge solo and unsupported
  • Walking for days in a whiteout 
  • Not being able to make any mistakes while in the extreme cold
  • Think 3 x before you act
  • How this challenge changed her life going forward
  • Thinking about happiness
  • Moving back to Norway
  • Meeting a new man!
  • 2019 - Hiking across Lake Baikal in Siberia 
  • Dealing with the extreme cold in Siberia
  • The importance of good quality gear
  • Getting to the start of Lake Baikal 
  • Dealing with feelings of loneliness 
  • Deciding on the next big challenge
  • Travelling with her partner and a dog!
  • The amazing moments
  • Dealing with winter storms
  • Final words of advice
 
Social Media
 
Website  - https://www.ginajohansen.com 
 
Instagram @ginajohansen91
 
Twitter @ginajohansen91
 
Facebook @ginajohansen91
Apr 23, 2020
Alice in her own words…
 
“I am an adventurer and an explorer. I travel to the furthest places on earth and walk through its toughest habitats. I have been described as ‘Indiana Jones for girls’  (which I liked!) We live in a time when the world is in crisis in so many ways. I want to bear witness to what is happening to the planet as our climate and our society changes and I want to tell the stories that bring we humans together rather than the ones that drive us apart. Together, we can strive towards solutions and a happier world.  What better place to start than with the places and people that are furthest away.”
 
During this episode Alice will share more about her walk across the Sahara Desert. Alice left Draa at Oued Chbika on the 26th November 2019 and walked over 1000 miles (with three Amazigh (Berber) companions and six camels) to Guerguerat on the Mauritanian Border and finished part 2 of the adventure at the end of February 2020. 
 
Show notes
  • Who is Alice
  • The Sahara Expedition - the toughest challenge to date
  • The team of camels
  • The 2nd part of the trilogy
  • The planning and preparation 
  • Starting in November 2019
  • Using an expedition organiser 
  • The challenge of getting water and food
  • The goals and the purpose
  • Reclaiming the word explore
  • Wanting to travel slow and to take in all the details
  • Being a woman and how she can interact with everyone
  • Not doing enough training
  • The start line and what it was like
  • Finding sponsors and getting media attention
  • Thank you to Craghoppers   
  • How expectations didn’t match the reality
  • Team dynamics
  • Getting into routine
  • Walking at 5km per hour
  • Looking for trees in the desert
  • Tent life
  • Being a team member and not just a client
  • Getting water from Nomads
  • Being on an expedition with 6 camels
  • Starting a podcast! Alice in Wanderland  
  • Spending the New Year in the desert
  • Making Christmas special 
  • Walking into the nothingness of the desert
  • Climate change and desertification 
  • Key lessons from the experience 
  • Learning patience
  • Hoping to take on part 3 of the expedition at the end of June
  • Final words of advice 

 

Social Media
 

Website : www.alicemorrison.co.uk  

Twitter: @aliceoutthere1

Instagram: @aliceoutthere1

Facebook: @AliceHunterMorrisonAdventures 

 
Apr 21, 2020
Slow down. Stop running. Pregnant and postpartum women have heard this advice since the beginning of time. Many runners have no idea what they can and cannot do during pregnancy and postpartum, leaving them unsure, scared, and susceptible to injury.”
 
During this podcast, we talk with Kate and Blair about their first book. Go Ahead, Stop and Pee: Running During Pregnancy and Postpartum. This book throws out all those old wives’ tales and proves that women can keep running—during and after pregnancy. All they need is the right information.
 
More info about the book:
 
Written by two moms and physical therapists who also have a passion for running, Go Ahead, Stop and Pee is a fresh voice that empowers women to maintain their running lifestyle during pregnancy and postpartum. Combining first-hand experiences as well as science.
 
During this episode we discuss: 
  • Common myths about running pregnant and postpartum
  • A few key exercises for pregnant runners
  • What the pelvic floor is and why it’s so important
  • The 4th Trimester
  • Tips for running with a stroller/pram
 
Plus much more!
 
This podcast episode is ideal for any soon-to-be or new mom who wants to keep on running and wants to be as informed as possible. 
 
Show notes
  • Meeting Kate and Blair
  • Finding out more about their running backstories
  • How running became a lifestyle
  • Getting pregnant during triathlon training
  • Myths around running while pregnant
  • Myths around postpartum running
  • Key things that pregnant women need to know about running
  • Pelvic floor muscles
  • The power of the breath
  • What is the 4th trimester?
  • Postpartum is forever
  • The reasons for writing the book
  • Kate’s story of returning to running after pregnancy
  • Ending up with a stress fracture
  • Being at a higher risk of stress fractures when you’re breast feeding
  • Blair’s story of returning to running after pregnancy
  • Dealing with a hip injury
  • Taking years to be able to run without pain
  • Having a plan to get back into running
  • Top tips for new mothers
  • Getting a pelvic health check done
  • Running with a stroller
  • Check out this Youtube video for running with a stroller
  • Favourite exercise and where to start 
  • Barefoot training 
  • Final words of advice
 
Social Media
 
Dr. Kate Edwards
Endurance athlete guru, PT, author, biz owner & educator helping
PTs widen the lens on treating endurance athletes
 
Website:  www.katemihevcedwards.com  
 
Instagram @katemihevcedwards 
 
Facebook @KateMihevcEdwards. 
 
 
Dr. Blair Green  - Pelvic Guru
 
Website www.catalystga.com 
 
Facebook @CatalystGA 
 
Twitter @Catalyst_GA 
 
 
Go Ahead, Stop and Pee
 
Facebook @goaheadstopandpee 
 
Instagram @goaheadstopandpee. 

 

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