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 - and follow on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL
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Aug 13, 2020
Ailsa, 39, is an ultra endurance athlete who has a passion for long distances races and triathlons! Ailsa holds six course records and two overall wins at the ultra-running distance. In 2017 she won the 50K and 100 mile Canadian National Champion title. In 2018 she won Ironman Canada. As well as training for her races, Ailsa also balances a full time job in an oil field in Northern Alberta. 
During this podcast Ailsa shares more about her passion for running, how she got into cycling and swimming, how she coaches and trains herself, as well as sharing more about mental resilience and how she has developed her mindset over the years.
Listen to Ailsa as she shares her story on the Tough Girl Podcast. New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss out. 
The tough girl podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out
Show notes
  • Ailsa in her own words
  • Spending her summers in Scotland
  • Living in Canada
  • Getting into running and cycling
  • Training for her first marathon 
  • Building up her swim fitness
  • Finding a talent for endurance events
  • Her love for running and keeping fit
  • Being her own coach
  • Working in the oil fields
  • 10 days on - 10 days off
  • The mental side of races
  • Strategy for 100 miles races
  • Hitting mental lows and going into a downward spiral
  • Hitting a low point around the 80K mark
  • Doing her first 100 mile race
  • Using neurofeedback  to help with race preparation
  • Dealing with solitude while running
  • Thinking while running
  • Tips to maintaining positivity while running
  • Western States 100 miler and the mistakes she made
  • Dealing with the pressure of performance
  • Not wanting to let people down
  • Learning from her mistakes
  • Suffering
  • Ironman Canada 2018
  • Being a competitive person
  • Final words of advice.
Social Media
Instagram @ailsamacdonaldrunner
Aug 11, 2020
Nicole purchased Girls Fight Back in 2020 because of her passion for empowering women and helping others. She is dedicated to bringing the message of living a fearless life and combating violence to millions of young women across the country. 
Nicole received a full scholarship to Cal State Long Beach as a President’s Scholar, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Speech Communication.  Her self-defense training includes IMPACT LA (where she is also a lead instructor), Defense Against the Armed Assailant training, FAST defense & the GFB Speaker Academy.  
Nicole is an NACP Credentialed Advocate and currently sits on the board of IMPACT Personal Safety.  Nicole was featured in a self-defense instructional video by Tastemade Travel that won a People’s Voice Webby Award in May 2020 and she is the creator of Outdoor Defense, an IGTV series that aims to help people stay safe while enjoying the outdoors.  
She is a collaborative partner with Difference Makers (10 Strong) and has traveled the world speaking and facilitating workshops at military installations, colleges, high schools, corporations, and private groups.  In 2017 she volunteered in Fiji to teach self-defense to the women and girls in local villages.  
On her spare time, Nicole loves to hike, camp, horseback ride, play sports and travel the world; often on her own and is an active volunteer in her community.
Show notes
  • What Nicole does
  • Family
  • Travelling solo for the first time
  • Learning self defence 
  • Wanting to be prepared 
  • Getting involved in a social justice group
  • Girls Fight Back
  • Becoming the CEO of Girls Fight Back
  • Practical tips and advice
  • Trusting your intuition 
  • The Gift of Fear - By Gavin de Becker
  • Working in Fiji 
  • The power of education
  • Black Girls Trekking
  • Dealing with fears for new hikers hiking for the first time
  • Doing a land acknowledgement
  • Hiking in New Zealand
  • Why hiking is meditative 
  • The restorative power of nature
  • Dealing with Covid
  • Taking the Girls Fight Back program online
  • Becoming an urban hiker
  • Tips and advice for new hikers
  • Doing preparation for your hike
  • You are powerful - You are a force
  • Plans for the future of Girls Fight Back
  • Dreaming big
Social Media
Facebook @girlsfightback
Twitter @girlsfightback
Aug 7, 2020
On the 5th Year Anniversary of the Tough Girl Podcast I’ve taken this as an opportunity to share more about what’s been going on over the past 12 months and sharing more about what’s been happening behind the scenes and answering questions from the patrons and members of the tough girl tribe community. 
If you would like to listen to other solo episodes these can be found here:
2016 - Reflections for 2016 & Plans for 2017 (Released 30th December 2016)
2017 - Reflecting on 2017 and the plans for 2018 (Released 30th Dec 2017)
2018 - Reflections on 2018 and the start of 2019. Plus plans for Tough Girl Challenges. (Released 4th August 2019)
Marathon des Sables - Sarah Williams - psychological demands and overcoming mental challenges, being interviewed by Ali Mahoney-Johnson (6th October 2016)
Boxing - Sarah Williams - answering all your questions about Boxing! (Released 8th December 2018)
Appalachian Trail - Sarah Williams - Thru hiking the Appalachian Trail (2,190 miles) in 100 days! (Released 19th September 2017)
Pacific Coast Highway - Sarah Williams - Planning and Preparation for the Pacific Coast Highway & the Baja Divide! (4th September 2018)
Pacific Coast Highway - Sarah Williams - Cycling the Pacific Coast Highway & the Baja Divide! (Released 24th December 2018)
New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss out. 
The tough girl podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out
Show notes
  • Who I am and what I do 
  • A brief history of my background
  • The start of Tough Girl Challenges in 2014
  • Personal challenges
  • The mission of the tough girl podcast
  • Why I started the Tough Girl Podcast
  • Starting on the 4th August 2015
  • The lack of female role models
  • Not wanting to complain about it
  • Finding guests
  • Doing batch interviewing
  • Reflecting back over the past year
  • August 2019 onwards
  • Not having any plans in 2019
  • Pre-loading podcast content until the end of November
  • Keeping my options open
  • Working with Cicerone 
  • Walking the Camino Portuguese
  • Speaking with Kat Davies about walking the Lycian Way, Turkey
  • Starting 2020 in Australia 
  • The first 6 months of the year
  • The challenges of adventuring with somewhere else
  • Getting the balance right
  • Using the world Harmony 
  • Don’t compare yourself to other people
  • Doing long solo trips and loneliness
  • Training and working with a personal trainer
  • Luxury Items….
  • Having doubts on the Overland Track
  • Inspiration….
  • What would I do differently
  • What I’ve learned about myself
  • Being patience and enjoying the journey 
  • Numbers from the podcast and Social Media!
  • Hitting 1 Million downloads in December 2019
  • 50,000 listens in 1 month….
  • What is next…
  • What 2020 was going to be..
  • 10 year plan…
  • Being at home 
  • Wanting to be the most productive person I could be…
  • Getting out of good habits
  • Final 6 month of the year
  • Not wanting to waste this time
  • Needing a goal to work towards for the end of the year
  • Focus on podcasting, health and building strength
  • THANK YOU to YOU!!
  • Getting closer to hitting 300 patrons - currently at 288 Patrons strong!!! 
  • Being worried about Covid and it’s impact
  • Focusing on what I can control 
Social Media
✩ Twitter - @_TOUGH_GIRL 
✩ Instagram - @toughgirlchallenges 
✩ FaceBook - @toughgirlchallenges 
✩ Pinterest - 
✩ Patreon -


Aug 6, 2020
Mya-Rose in her own words:
“I love birds and wildlife & am a naturalist, conservationist and environmentalist wanting to save our planet and everything on it. I believe that we have to do everything we can to save the environment from damage and I want to try and persuade as many people about that as possible, especially those in power. 
Birding in different countries has given me the opportunity to see the damage being inflicted on places and the indigenous peoples who live in them, by our consumerism in the Global North. I believe that climate activism must demand global climate justice which is not happening at the moment.
I am an anti-racism activist, writer, speaker, journalism and broadcaster. I have had over four and a half million views on my blog, from around the world. 
I am also an anti-racism activist and campaigner, fighting for Visible Minority (VME) Ethnic people to have equal access to nature and wildlife films. I also fight for the rights of indigenous peoples especially against the conservation movement.”
Show notes
  • How she got the name “Bird Girl”
  • Her passion for birding
  • What twitching is
  • How does bird watching work?
  • Being a competitive bird watcher when she was younger
  • Seeing over half the world birds!
  • Her favourite place to birdwatch 
  • A favourite bird….
  • Birding in Brazil
  • Female role models in birding
  • Being inspired by - Phoebe Snetsinger 
  • Liking birding in a non scientific way
  • Wanting to study Politics and International Relations at University
  • Her passion for the environment and life as an activist
  • Black to Nature
  • Being involved in campaigns 
  • Dealing with the pressure of an online presence
  • Starting a conversation about race 
  • Being an Ambassador for Bristol 2015 focusing on green issues
  • Maintaining momentum
  • Planning….
  • Learning new skills
  • Advice and tips for people who want to get into activism
  • Why you do have a voice 
  • The power of talking about what you care about
  • Making sure not to burn yourself out
  • ‘C’ Licence - what is it?
  • Birdwatching in the UK
  • Advocating for trees and why they are so important
  • Plans for the future
  • Gaining in confidence
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Final words of advice 
Social Media
Website -
Facebook - @myarosebirdgirlcraig
Instagram @BirdgirlUK
Twitter @BirdgirlUK
Aug 4, 2020
Saray is the first black African woman to ski to the South Pole and summit Mt Everest 66 years after the mountain was first summited in 1953.  
Saray is an award-winning mountaineer and a business executive with over 18 years’ experience in industry leading blue-chip companies which drive innovation and change both locally and internationally. 
Through mountaineering and @summitswithapurpose, she has raised over R1.5 million towards literacy and education in Africa.  As a Mandela Libraries ambassador and a social entrepreneur Saray continues to push boundaries both professionally and in mountaineering.
You can listen to Saray on the Tough Girl Podcast, new episodes are every Tuesday at 7am UK time!
Show notes
  • Who is Saray
  • What life was like growing up
  • Being 1 of 7 girls
  • Her passion for education 
  • The sky is the limit
  • Being a tomboy
  • Being part of a community
  • Why education is so important
  • Why the world is a global village
  • Losing her older sister
  • Wanting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro 
  • Making the decision to climb the 7 summits (the 7 highest mountains on every continent)
  • How it evolved into the Explorers Grand Slam
  • Summits with a Purpose
  • Encouraging other people to get outdoors
  • Finding a mentor
  • Needing to train differently for every adventure
  • Her first Mt Everest summit attempt in 2014
  • Struggling to find sponsorship and self funding the adventure
  • Making the decision to go back Mt Everest in 2015
  • Becoming more committed
  • Being in an earthquake in 2015 on Mt Everest
  • Going to pray
  • Almost dying in 2016 after a mountain biking accident put her in a coma for 3 weeks
  • Recognising and celebrating the small wins 
  • Getting 100m from the summit
  • Being left to die in the dead zone on Mt Everest
  • Starting to question everything
  • Risk versus reward
  • Figure out the why 
  • Figure out what you can do differently and go back
  • Deciding to go back in 2019
  • Feeling invincible and ready to take on anything
  • Failing forward
  • Leaning how to ski at the South Pole
  • Only being able to trust her compass
  • Mental resilience and determination during challenges
  • Coping with Covid
Social Media 
Facebook @saraykhumaloSpeaker
Instagram @saraykhumalo
Twitter  @saraykhumalo
Aug 4, 2020
Zahrah is a Muslim woman of South Asian heritage, who lives in Scotland. Zahrah got into hiking three years ago when a friend took her out for a walk to reduce the stress of her chartered accountant exams. Zahrah shares her walks on instagram where she is know as @the_hillwalking_hijabi.
Zahrah is passionate about getting people outdoors, she share her walks and hopes others will be inspired to give it a go. Zahrah especially wants to help encourage other Muslim women to spend time outdoors, so that they too can experience the physical and mental benefits which she enjoys. 
During this episode Zahrah shares more about how she got into walking, what it was like taking on Ben Nevis and what keeps her motivated when things get tough, she also shares more about the benefits that she has enjoyed from spending time outside. 
You can listen to Zahrah on the Tough Girl Podcast, new episodes are every Tuesday at 7am UK time!
Show notes
  • Getting into hill walking
  • What it was like going into the hills for the first time
  • Not getting hooked straight away
  • The relief of making it to the top
  • Chatting about gear
  • Gaining confidence in the hills
  • Getting support from the online community
  • Dealing with stereotypes in the hills
  • Sharing her stories on Instagram
  • Keeping motivated when things get tough
  • Snacks 
  • How hillwalking has helped with self confidence and stress
  • Going through a divorce
  • Climbing Ben Nevis
  • Maintaining fitness
  • Quick Fire Questions
  • Final words of advice
Social Media
Instagram @the_hillwalking_hijabi
Blog -
Aug 4, 2020
Karen Darke is a British Paraplegic adventurer, athlete and author. Karen was a keen runner and mountaineer (climbing both Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn), however, at 21 years old, she was paralysed from the chest down following an accident, whilst sea cliff climbing. 
Karen has continues to go follow her interests and passions and loves going on adventures, which have included, hand cycling over 2,000 miles from Canada to Mexico down the Pacific Coast Highway, which she did in 2017. 
Karen also become the first paraplegic woman to handcycle across the Himalayas, sea kayak from Canada to Alaska (1500 km, 2003), skied across the Greenland Ice Cap (a trip of over 600 kilometres, 2006), and climbed the kilometre high overhanging rock-face of El Capitan. She has also hand-cycled down the Silk Route, the length of Japan and across Tibet. 
During this episode Karen share more about her personal challenges, Quest 79 and the Pole of Possibility.
You can listen to Karen on the Tough Girl Podcast, new episodes are every Tuesday at 7am UK time!
Show notes
  • Being a modern day Alchemist
  • Why 79 is such a special number
  • What quest 79 is
  • Wanting to encourage other people to step outside their comfort zone
  • Winning the gold medal at Rio
  • The defining moments in her career
  • Surprising herself with her performance
  • Working with a sports psychologist
  • Asking the question - Who am I? Who are you?
  • The Wild Way
  • Having something to look forward to after the Rio Olympics
  • Getting resupply on the route
  • Struggling to wild camp in Chile 
  • Loving the Himalayas 
  • Dealing with descents 
  • Riding into Katmandu
  • Not being supported by a team
  • Doing adventures and journeys with people you don’t know
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Working towards a common goal
  • The pole of possibility
  • The importance of having a purpose
  • Partnering with the Polar Academy 
  • Dealing with the cold
  • Regulating her body temperature
  • 79 is the atomic number for gold
  • Inner gold
  • Why it’s always about the journey
  • The connection of the inner and outer worlds
  • Learning from every journey 
  • Why you have to feel your emotions
  • How Covid has impacted on Karen
  • Writing books
  • The Adventure Mindset Program
  • Final words of advice
Social Media
Website - 
Facebook @karenquest79
Instagram @handbikedarke
Twitter @kdarke
Aug 4, 2020
After a year of facing her childhood fear of open seas, Lungi wrote her name in history by being the first African female to sail to the Arctic on her recent climate change and plastic pollution expedition to the North Pole. 
The 34-year-old’s professional background is in banking but, after taking up sailing in 2016, she's already achieving what most people can only ever dream of.
Lungi shares more about her early life, her passions for sailing, and the environment as well as more about her big dream to sail around the world solo. Lungi has recently completed her Yachtmaster Ocean at the UK Sailing Academy and has shared her story on the TedX stage.
Lungi is inspiring girls to break free from limiting beliefs and pursue their dreams whatever they may be.
You can listen to Lungi on the Tough Girl Podcast - new episodes are every Tuesday at 7am UK time, make sure you hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss out.
Show notes
  • Who is Lungi
  • Lungi’s passions and interests
  • What life was like growing up
  • Her dreams of travelling 
  • Her passion for climate change and where it came from 
  • Making a difference in the fight against climate change
  • Having a fear of open seas
  • What would you do if you weren't’ afraid
  • Getting into sailing
  • Loving the water
  • Making her dream come true
  • Having a full time job and trying to fit in sailing
  • Being inspired by female sailors
  • Finding her tribe in sailing
  • Her BIG dream for sailing
  • Getting her qualification in sailing
  • Being involved in her local community
  • Plastic pollution in the seas
  • Making a career change from working in banking
  • Becoming a full time sailor
  • Wanting to sail around the world solo
  • Training at the UK Sailing Academy
  • Doing a fast track program to get her Yacht Master Qualification
  • The next steps & applying for crewing positions
  • Having trails with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
  • Working towards her next goal
  • Funding her current lifestyle
  • Thoughts and lessons on sustainable living
  • The biggest challenge faced over the past few years
  • Role models in sailing 
  • Being inspired by Tracy Edwards
  • Advice for girls and women who want to get into sailing
  • TedX - The Beauty of the Unknown
  • Quick Fire Questions
Social Media
Website -
Instagram @lungisails
Facebook @lungisails
Jul 30, 2020
Nikki in her own words;
I’m here to do my best, be my best, have a blast and meet as many people as I can along the way. I’m Chasing Extraordinary! Since … well ever since I can remember, I’ve been into moving my body, pushing, training, looking after and loving my body.  I started ballet at the tender age of 4 and it’s been all sorts of incarnations of fitness since then.
My love, my passion, my sanity is now adventure running.  It’s the wonderment of where can my feet take me, who I’ll meet, and how I can help along the way.
My goal is to share my knowledge, experience, adventures and love along the way through my writing, speaking, and social media’ing.
I choose to live through these 3 filters … LOVE.  FUN.  ADVENTURE.
Past Adventures
2018 – Run Around Ireland – 750 miles in 32 days
2018 – DesertUltra
2018 – Runcation around Malta and Gozo
2017 – 63 marathons in 63 days throughout the UK
2016 – JungleUltra – Peru
2010 – 7 marathons in 7 days
2002, 2007, 2010 – London Marathon
Listen to Nikki on the Tough Girl Podcast! New episodes every Tuesday at 7am UK time. Enjoy!
Show notes
  • Being an Adventure Runner
  • Doing lots of different sports when she was little
  • Getting into running
  • Growing up in Australia before moving to the UK
  • Why it all changed at 30
  • Dealing with a marathon DNF at 19 miles
  • Running the London Marathon in 2002
  • Having a new baby and how it impacted on running
  • Running 7 marathons in 7 days
  • Listening to the wrong people
  • Maybe that was the limit?
  • The motivation of having a big birthday
  • Not being supported 
  • Having a gap of 6 years with no adventure
  • Figuring out priorities 
  • Becoming a sports massage therapist
  • Working as a running coach
  • Turning 49 years young…
  • Taking on the Judge Ultra in Peru
  • Coming up with the ideas for 63 marathons in 63 days
  • Breaking her leg…
  • Taking 12 months to recover 
  • Developing strategies to develop mental strength and resilience
  • What if you do - What if you don’t
  • The reason Why - What it came down to…
  • Wanting to strive for the next level
  • Perspective on failure
  • Running 63 marathons in 63 days - the logistics and how it worked
  • Focusing on the distance and not the speed
  • Learning more about her body
  • Being peri-menopausal
  • The dream to run across Australia
  • The logistics and funding of the challenge
  • Deciding on a new physical challenge
  • Treadmill Oz - 2,500 miles in 63 days
  • Treadmill strategy for running
  • Having a support team around 
  • Figuring out how to make it work while on the treadmill
  • Chasing Extraordinary 
Social Media
Website - 
Instagram @nikkiloveruns 
Twitter @nikkiloveruns
Jul 28, 2020
Jana was born in Russia, and her parents moved to the U.S. when she was 12. Her first experiences with hiking was heading out with her parents to New Hampshire. After college she moving to New York City and started to make some big changes to her lifestyle, and wanted to see what her body could do. 
She started by getting back into running, and was hiking every weekend, sometimes twice a weekend, and that's when she decided to become a guide with Discover Outdoors as a personal "passion project." 
In 2019, Discover Outdoors asked her if she would be interested in working for them on the business side. So Jana left her paralegal job at a big-law NYC firm and started as the Northeast Regional Manager. During that year she kept pushing herself in the outdoors and on August 9th, 2019 she submitted the Matterhorn!
Jana has recently started Adventure Untamed, an adventure travel company, she shares more about her motivations and why she has made this decision during Covid -19.
You can listen to Jana on the Tough Girl Podcast - new episodes are every Tuesday at 7am UK time, make sure you hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss out. 
Show notes
  • Who is Jana, what she does and what she loves
  • Getting into fitness, running and spending time outdoors
  • Making a change in her career
  • Starting a travel company during the pandemic
  • The importance of the culture and the people 
  • Dealing with change
  • Growing up in Russia and moving to the USA at 12 years old
  • Being excited about new adventures and new experiences
  • The learning curve of hiking
  • How her passion/hobby for guiding evolved
  • Getting into running
  • Having a terrible fear of heights
  • Dealing with the fear of failure 
  • Making the transition from a 9-5 job to guiding 
  • Deciding to climb the Matterhorn 
  • The challenges of climbing the mountain and overcoming obstacles 
  • Dealing with feelings of doubt
  • Leaving at 4.08am to start the climb
  • Taking it one step at a time
  • Starting Adventure Untamed during a pandemic!
  • Dreams and plans for the future
  • Final words of advice to get more adventure in your life
Social Media
Adventure Untamed - Explore the wild. Escape your comfort zone.
Northeast day and multi-day outdoor trips departing from NYC.
Website - 
Instagram @adventure_untamed
Facebook @adventureuntamed
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 - 
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
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 - 
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
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! 
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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 - 
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 - 
Facebook @sunnystroeeradventure 
Instagram @sstroeer
Travel Company  @dreamlandsafari 
AWExpeditions - Mountaineering expeditions and high altitude treks for women, by women.
Website - 
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
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 - 
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
Instagram @daniellebrownmbe
Facebook @daniellebrownmbe
Twitter @Danibrownmbe
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 - 
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
Twitter @NickySpinks
Instagram @NickySpinks
Watch Last Woman Standing - Barkley Marathon 2019 

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Facebook @INOV8run

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 - 
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 - - 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
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
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