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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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Jan 26, 2021
Genny is from the sunny Dutch Caribbean Island of Aruba and moved to London 12 years ago. Prior to moving to the UK, Genny attended the University of New Brunswick in Canada where she fell in love with the great outdoors and learnt to cross-country ski and snowshoe and got into white water rafting and kayaking.
 
Genny in her own words:
 
In June 2008, I moved to the UK and lead a fairly healthy and active life until late 2013 when I suddenly fell inexplicably ill. Unbeknownst to me I had contracted Lyme Disease and my quality of life was severely affected until I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in the summer of 2016. 
 
Once I had recuperated I knew I wanted to do something to raise awareness on the seriousness of misdiagnosis and how it can affect every area of life. I knew I had the choice between becoming angry and embittered at the system which had missed the tell tale signs of the disease or the choice to speak of up for the untold number of patients who were suffering unnecessarily.
 
The Goal
 
In the winter of 2021, Genny will attempt to become the first woman from the Caribbean island of Aruba to ski roughly in Antarctica to the geographical South Pole. During the expedition, Genny will ski approximately 120km whilst pulling a heavy sledge containing her tent and provisions. The conditions will be extreme, with temperatures of -50° celsius and severe winds.
 
The aim of the expedition is to raise £25,000 for Lyme Aid UK who provide grants for people with lower incomes to get privately tested for lyme disease.
 
 
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Show notes
  • Where Genny is from
  • Living in London for the past 12 years
  • Working in the mining industry
  • Her childhood in Aruba
  • Her dreams as a little girl
  • The December 2021 expedition 
  • Dealing with cold weather
  • The why behind the challenge
  • Being diagnosed with Lyme disease
  • What is Lyme disease
  • Turning the dream into a reality 
  • Not having any ideas about money or the time it would take
  • Being naive 
  • Getting corporate sponsorship
  • Learning to embrace failure 
  • Figuring out the timeline and date to go
  • Dealing with setbacks and keeping motivated
  • The planning and preparation for the adventure 
  • What do I want this to look like?
  • Feeling overwhelmed with excitement and emotion
  • Dealing with concerns
  • Being prepared
  • What if I don’t like it…
  • Being able to risk assess
  • Getting the balance right with training
  • What a typical week looks like
  • Having a funding gap…
  • Doing a practice expedition in Northern Norway
  • Luxury items or minimalist 
  • Having a nice G&T while on the ice
  • Figuring out the snacks
  • 8hr cream
  • Dealing with uncertainty
  • Taking time to breathe and to just be
  • Why movement is so important 
  • Blog post - The Vortex of Uncertainty - September 2, 2020 
 
Social Media
 
Website: www.antarcticaruban.com/
 
Instagram: @antarcticaruban 
 
Facebook: @antarcticaruban
 
Jan 21, 2021
Katie Holmes is a UK-based runner and charity consultant who loves cross country, track and park run. On her website she shares the stories of female runners over 50 and highlights their achievements.
 
Katie is also an independent sports historian, focusing on the history of women's endurance running. Her work is driven by a desire to capture stories which might otherwise be lost and to recover, and uncover, stories which have faded out of the collective memory due to the marginalisation of women in sport. 
 
In 2020 she was awarded an Independent Researcher Fellowship by the Women's History Network.
 
Listen to Katie on the Tough Girl Podcast!
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Katie
  • Starting running in her late 40s
  • Being born in Scotland
  • What life was like growing up
  • Having a love for the outdoors
  • Not being active in team sports
  • Why she decided to start running
  • Joining a local running club
  • Going to Park Run
  • Becoming part of the running community
  • Figuring out that she could run faster
  • Signing up for the Robin Hood Half Marathon 
  • Turning 50 in 2013
  • Blogging about women runners over 50
  • Dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis in her late 20s and yearly 30s
  • Wanting to get a range of different women with different experiences 
  • What a typical running week looks like
  • Running her first ultra in 2019
  • Equinox 24 hour race 
  • Running through the night
  • Speaking to runners over 50 about what motivated runners to participate in this event
  • Being inspired by her sister Judith who is 2 years older
  • South Downs Way 50 
  • The history of women’s endurance running 
  • Run Equal Campaign 
  • Advice for new runners
  • Park Run
  • Learn to run courses
  • Racing a marathon using the  “run, walk, run” method
  • Final words of advice
 
Social Media
 
Website - www.runyoung50.co.uk 
 
Twitter - @RunYoung50 
 
Instagram - @RunYoung50 
 
Facebook - @runyoung50 
 
Run Equal - https://runequal.org
Jan 19, 2021
Nazia has been defying stereotypes from an early age, from fitting into her role as an athlete and what would be accepted as a Bangladeshi female.   
 
Her Story
 
Nazia spent most of her life trying to attain the perfect body, leaving her mentally and physically tired. Calorie counting, fad diets all saw Nazia spiral into a destructive relationship with her mind and body. Insecurities and lack of self love eventually took its toll and she faced a dark period of depression facing unwanted thoughts.
 
Feeling lost and confused Nazia was able to recreate herself. Fitness was the catalyst for her change throughout the years. Exercise helped her overcome her old self, fight off anxiety and fear enabling her to step into the best version of herself in every area of her life. 
 
With an unshakeable mindset and determined not to give up she now teaches other females to overcome hard times by connecting neuroscience and fitness together.  
 
Nazia's mission is to get females from all backgrounds to fall in love with their bodies. To inspire others to be their best self and embrace the journey. #Recreate #Rebuild #Reborn.
 
Listen to Nazia on the Tough Girl Podcast.
 
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* Please be aware we do talk about eating disorders and depression on this episode. 
 
 
Show notes
  • Who is Nazia
  • Not growing up sporty
  • Getting into fitness 8 years ago
  • Going to college and developing an eating disorder
  • Starting boxing at 21
  • Not knowing how to train 
  • Being inspired by Tatiana Ali 
  • Determination and not wanting to be average
  • Stepping outside her comfort zone
  • Competing in boxing
  • Being scared while boxing
  • Going through depression
  • Making a career change
  • Dealing with trauma in her life
  • Facing pressure from society
  • Looking at the psychology of human behaviour 
  • Habits
  • Putting in the work every single day
  • Getting the poison out of her body and mind
  • Needing to heel the trauma
  • “I am Enough”
  • Doing mirror work
  • Ramadan and fasting for those who have an eating disorder
  • Acceptance 
  • Mindset and mental resilience and feeling emotionally fragile
  • Learning how to work with her emotions
  • Signing up to climb Kilimanjaro 
  • What a typical training week looks like
  • Morning rituals
  • The power of gratitude
  • Advice for women who are learning to love themselves
  • Coping with Covid 
  • Final words of advice
 
Social Media
 
Website: www.naziakhatun.com
 
Instagram @fitnessrebornuk1 
 
Facebook @NaziaKhatun
Jan 14, 2021
During a journey to Nepal and the Himalayas, she first began to dream about climbing the world’s highest mountain herself. And – following four years of preparation – she accomplished the feat of becoming the first Swedish and Czech woman to reach the summit.
 
In 2005. Renata boarded her sea kayak at the quay in Lake Union in central Seattle. This was the beginning of an almost unbelievable adventure, circumnavigating the coast of the USA in 439 days, mostly in her kayak. The day on which she completed her journey, 15 September, has since been designated as ”Renata Chlumska Day” in Seattle.
 
For Renata, the thrills of adventure surpass the extreme efforts during her expeditions. The preparation process is a vital part of each new challenge: planning, financing, training, and getting the right equipment and teams together.
 
After each successful challenge, she focuses on the evaluation, documentation and use of her experiences to inspire others, not least as a very popular lecturer and speaker for companies and organizations, as well as schools, clubs and associations.
 
To Renata, a challenge does not have to be about climbing mountains or journeying into space. Adventure is always waiting around the corner, if you can recognise and accept it. 
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out. 
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Renata
  • Her dreams as a little girl
  • Liking the outdoors and nature
  • Her first solo adventure 
  • Being involved in a Swedish Mt Everest Expedition in 1996 as part of the film team
  • Building connections
  • Spending the Spring Season in 1996 at Everest Base Camp
  • Wanting to go higher and to see more
  • Not being able to resist the mountains 
  • Female role models in mountaineering 
  • Starting climbing in 1995
  • Learning new skills 
  • Cycling from Nepal to Sweden
  • Getting to know someone while you travel
  • Cycling in India, Pakistan, China, Russia & Finland
  • Cycling without tech and being off the grid
  • No news is good news!
  • Turning her passion for adventure into a career
  • Becoming a professional adventurer
  • Climbing Mt Everest at 25 years old
  • Adventure blues?
  • Why climbing Mt. Everest was just the start
  • Circumnavigation of the lover 48 states 
  • Doing the challenge solo
  • Losing the love of her life
  • Having something to look forward to
  • Having a reason to get out of bed in the morning
  • Figuring out the logistics of the challenge
  • Kayaking down the Pacific Coast 
  • Advice for those going through a tough situation
  • Putting her focus on safety 
  • What’s going through her head
  • Future Astronaut with Virgin Galactic
  • Paying for the ticket
  • Future dreams and goals
  • What would you like to do?
  • Starting to learn how to sail
  • Having children and how it’s impacted on her career
  • Climbing 6 of the 7 summits in 5 months 
  • Getting back into climbing again
  • Don’t compare when it comes to adventures
  • Final words of advice and why you should believe in yourself
  • Write down your dreams and break them down into smaller and more manageable pieces
 
Social Media
 
 
Instagram @renatachlumska 
 
Twitter @RenataChlumska
 
 
Jan 12, 2021
Alice is currently the only black person swimming for Britain on senior team. She is the World Junior marathon swim champion (2016). and is training to qualify for the Olympic games and when she does, she will become the first black woman to compete for Great Britain at the Olympics in swimming. 
 
Alice is a Co-founder of the Black Swimming Association (BSA) which is promoting and advocating for the inclusion and welfare of people of colour in aquatics.
 
Alice is studying for an MA in Social Media and Political Communication.
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the 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 www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.
 
Show notes
  • Who is Alice
  • What life was like growing up
  • Getting into swimming and falling in love with it
  • Getting a swimming scholarship at age 12
  • Education or swimming
  • Her dreams of what she wanted to be
  • Wanting to be a lawyer
  • Could she make a career as an elite swimmer?
  • Her amazing mum
  • The sacrifices made
  • The balance between education and swimming
  • Motivation and the reason why?
  • The mental side of the preparation
  • Her first experience of open water swimming 
  • Say yes to the next race…
  • Going into survival mode
  • What’s going on inside her mind
  • The races that stand out
  • Making progress at the elite level
  • Dealing with lockdown
  • Not having access to water
  • Women’s Sports Trust program - Unlocked
  • Wanting to make a positive change in swimming
  • Wanting to encourage more Black people to swim
  • Barriers to Black women for getting into swimming
  • Working with SolCap
  • Future dreams
  • Being a co-founder of Black Swimming Association 
  • Swimming being taught in schools
  • Final words of advice 
 
Social Media
 
Instagram - @alicedearingx 
 
Twitter - @alicedearingx 
 
Black Swimming Association - Diversifying the sport that saves lives  
 
Instagram @blackswimmingassociation
 
Jan 7, 2021
Jeannette is the 1st South African woman to summit Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world. She is also the first South African to ever attempt Dhaulagiri, 7th highest mountain.  She is passionate about leading individuals and teams to achieve things they never thought possible. She consistently achieves this with enthusiasm and empathy. 
 
Jeannette balances a corporate career leading the mining services business for a blue-chip Australian company with her mountaineering pedigree and passion.
 
Jeannette is a Non-Executive Board member and holds a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines. 
 
Jeannette has been chief instructress for Veld and Vlei, now Outward Bound; a guide for the South African National Parks Board; and the first female leader in 20 years for the Mountain Club of South Africa’s winter camp.  
 
  • 8000m mountaineer - with Manaslu summited, and 1 attempt on Dhaulagiri (first South African ever); my mountaineering goal is 7x 8000m summits, my version of the "7 Summits"
  • The challenges and realities of 8000m are extreme and under anticipated.
  • I've grown up in the mountains organically acquiring knowledge over a lifetime (not coming to this via a milestone birthday or event as many others have)
  • But did get to over 100kg and went from a couch back to 8000m - which took 5 years from decision to attempt 1 and eventual summit.
  • I know about goal setting and resilience and how to navigate a career (one of a few women in underground mining production at the start of my career) and a time consuming interest.
  • As the Mountain Mentor I can fast track the learning curve for people, saving time not making mistakes or being the best prepared for a mountain adventure: be it Kili, Inca Trail, Island Peak or Everest
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the 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 www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast
 
 
Show notes
  • Being based in Melbourne
  • Growing up in South Africa
  • Getting into mountaineering 
  • Going out with the Mountain Club of South Africa 
  • Climbing her first mountain at 8 years old - Lion’s Head
  • Her dreams as a little girl
  • Loving the outdoors and enjoying spending time in nature
  • Wanting to work in nature and conservation
  • Wanting to climb the big mountains around the world, over 8,000 m
  • Lack of female role models in the 80s and 90s
  • Not knowing it was practically possible to climb these mountains
  • Making big changes to her life in 2013
  • The realities of climbing 8,000 m mountains
  • Being overwhelmed and confused at the start
  • Making around a start by walking around the block 
  • Getting over the mental hurdle
  • Starting with something very easy 
  • Not having an expectations
  • What it’s like being at altitude
  • Climbing her first 6,000 m peak in Peru 
  • What’s going on mentally while climbing mountains
  • Mental resilience and mental grit 
  • How mountaineering has changed over the years
  • Wanting to climb Manaslu Mountain in Nepal (eighth-highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres) 
  • The biggest challenge of climbing Manaslu
  • Dealing with queues on the mountains
  • Handing the frustration of being stuck in the mountains
  • Being mindful of where you are
  • Cold management and oxygen management
  • Practical information regarding summiting Manaslu
  • Wanting to climb 7 - 8,000 metre peaks
  • Next mountain to climb - Dhaulagiri in Nepal
  • Practical information regarding climbing Dhaulagiri
  • Magical Moment in the mountains!
  • Mountain leadership and mentoring
  • Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you to step outside your comfort zone
 
Social Media
 
Website - https://www.mcgillsmountains.com/ 
 
Instagram - @mcgills_mountains
 
 
Jan 5, 2021
Lola has photographed and dispatched from 70+ countries for various publications. She is the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award recipient.
 
In addition to contributing to several books, she is the author of the following books – 2018 Lowell Thomas Award winner for best travel book, DUE NORTH, & bestselling LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well available in 18 foreign language editions. 
 
Lola has been recognised with multiple awards and nominations for her work, including a Pushcart Prize nomination, and was honoured with a MIPAD 100 (Most Influential People of African Descent) Award within media and culture in 2018. 
 
Lola owns and runs Geotraveler Media – a multimedia and travel consulting agency providing a spectrum of travel media-related services.
 
Listen to Lola now on the Tough Girl Podcast!!
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the 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 www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.
 
Show notes
  • Being a visual story teller
  • Getting into photography by accident
  • Becoming a travel photographer 
  • Growing up in Nigeria 
  • What her childhood was like
  • Her passion for exploring culture
  • Moving to the USA for college
  • Deciding to switch careers into the travel industry
  • Coming from a travelling family
  • Getting into solo travel
  • Being a slow traveller and finding her own rhythm with travel
  • Making the transition from a corporate job to following her passion
  • Volunteering with an eco organisation in Fiji in 2002
  • Putting a plan in place
  • Volunteering with the Swedish Red Cross 
  • Figuring out what type of photographer she wanted to be 
  • Getting your photos published in places like the National Geographic 
  • Needing to create a story of the place
  • Having a visual voice
  • What’s the best thing that could happen
  • Overcoming challenging situations while travelling as a Black women
  • What adventure means to Lola 
  • 2018 Lowell Thomas Award winner for best travel book, DUE NORTH
  • The North Pole Dream
  • TedX Talk - The power of asking why not 
  • Why not
  • Being disappointed with friends 
  • Needing to have different types of friends 
  • Being an optimistic idealist 
  • Making the decision to move to Sweden
  • The secrets of living well
  • Being impacted by Covid 19
  • Advice for women who want to get into the travel industry
  • Why you need to find your own niche
  • Dealing with the cold weather
  • GeoTravelMedia - Exploring culture through food, tradition, and lifestyles
  • Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you  
 
Social Media 

Websites - https://akinmade.com 
 
www.geotravelermedia.com - Exploring culture through food, tradition, and lifestyles 
 
Twitter - @LolaAkinmade 
 
Instagram - @LolaAkinmade 
 
Facebook - @GeotravelersNiche
Dec 31, 2020
“Road To 50 Miles” chronicles the journey of two women as they train for and run a 50-mile race, an ultramarathon.  Their journey leads them on a discovery to find their true heroes and inspires an entire community to help them get across the finish line. 
 
Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUMZYK0Y_vU
 
Kara Wilson in her own words:
 
As a child I was always one of the fastest in the class. I was tall and skinny and though awkward I was light and could fly confidently quicker than most on the field or the track. Running wasn’t a chore back then.
If I would get a pair of fresh sneakers I would want to see how fast and far they could take me the minute I fastened them to my feet. It wasn’t until I hit puberty that I started to slow down a bit and running soon became a bore. I didn’t need to run to lose weight and I didn’t quite understand why anyone would want to run  longer than once around a track. As time passed by I just grew completely disinterested in it. It wasn’t until I moved to England at 38 that it became a thing. I currently find myself running. Running here and there and everywhere for everyone but most importantly running for myself.
 
Jen McMahon in her own words: 
 
I remember distinctly when I was on the cheer squad in high school, we had to run 1 mile as a warm up everyday before practice.  I would basically do whatever I could to avoid the mile or cut it short or just complain through the whole thing.  It never occurred to me that I could actually do this for fun. 
I’m not really sure where the motivation came from, but when I was about 26 and about to get married, I decided I wanted to run a marathon.  I had NO race experience and I just decided to start training (just barely).  A couple friends of mine and my husband (fiancee at the time) start running all around Huntington Beach to prepare. We ran our first marathon, the Rock ‘n Roll San Diego that June and I have been running in some way or another ever since.  After having kids I stopped doing marathons and half marathons decided to focus more on 5ks, 10ks and sprint triathlons. Then one day, Kara said, “Hey, you wanna run an ultramarathon with me?” It had never occurred to me to run a distance like this before and I didn’t want to let the opportunity pass me by, so here I am!
 
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out. 
 
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Show notes
  • Meeting Kara and Jen
  • The idea to run 50 miles
  • Having the conversation about running 50 miles
  • Panic…
  • Running a lot but not running longer distances
  • Buying the book - 
  • Following a training plan
  • Starting from being able to run a half marathon
  • Not training together 
  • Holding each other accountable
  • Getting the long runs in
  • Getting the idea to film and document the 50 mile journey
  • Dealing with pressure
  • Challenges during training
  • American River 50 Endurance Race 
  • Running together and the race strategy
  • The strengths that each other bring to the team
  • The feelings on the start line
  • The best mile and the worst mile
  • The finish line
  • Would they consider doing a 100 mile race!!
  • What they would improve on
  • Using Kickstarter to fund the movie/documentary
  • Top tips for running an ultra
  • Final words of advice 
 
Social Media
 
Website - https://roadto50miles.wordpress.com
 
Instagram @ultratrainingwheels
 
Dec 29, 2020
Alison Walker is a U.K. based Malaysian ultra runner who started running ultras in 2019. 
 
Alison holds several fastest Malaysian ultra times and has most recently the first person to complete the Smog Graham Round. 
 
Over lockdown, she had also completed 4 other FKTs from 18 miles to 120km.
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the 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 www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.
 
Show notes
  • Who is Alison
  • Growing up in Malaysia and going to school in Singapore 
  • Not being into sports or exercise when she was younger
  • moving over to the UK to attend university
  • Getting into running for the first time 
  • How her running increased 
  • 2015 moving to East London
  • Running with a group called - Run Fast 
  • Starting with a running coach in late 2018
  • Being coached by Peter McHugh 
  • Recovering from an ankle injury 
  • Book - Running Up That Hill: The highs and lows of going that bit further - By Vassos Alexander
  • Wanting to qualify for the 153-mile Spartathlon Race 
  • Wanting to run 100 miles in under 22 hrs
  • The importance of finding the right coach for you
  • Running 100 miles and the importance of breaking down the challenge
  • Being a fan of loop courses and repetition
  • Starting to think more about kit and starting to invest in better quality gear
  • The mental side of running ultras
  • Not running with music
  • What a typical week looks like in training
  • Not having a rest day…
  • Listening to her body
  • Needing a McDonalds after a race!
  • Sleeping, massage and stretching
  • What the Smog Graham Round in London is
  • Starting at her flat in London
  • The challenges of navigation
  • The wildlife in London - cows & horses!
  • Starting off at 5am
  • The biggest challenge on the Smog Graham Round
  • Doing Fastest Known Times (FKTs)
  • The challenges of arranging the logistics of FKTs
  • The plan for running the Spartathlon Race
  • Final words of advice for women who want to get into ultra running
 
Social Media
 
Blog - runandcake.wordpress.com 
 
Instagram - @_alisonwalker_ 
 
 
Dec 24, 2020
Gillian Larson and her equine partners have accomplished numerous long distance solo rides on remote wilderness trails in the U.S. Together they have traveled from Mexico to Canada three times: twice on the Pacific Crest Trail (2014 and 2016) and most recently on the Continental Divide Trail (2018). 
 
Gillian has also completed the Arizona Trail and the Colorado Trail in 2017 and rode from the Grand Canyon across Utah to Wyoming in 2019. 
 
Since embarking on her first thru-ride at age 22, Gillian’s main goal has been to learn how to mitigate the many challenges of wilderness riding through proper planning and preparation, and to share this information to help others safely explore backcountry trails on horseback.
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the 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 www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast
 
 
Show notes
  • Growing up in a horsey family
  • Leaning to ride on a shetland pony
  • Her passion for reptiles
  • Going on her first overnight with the horses
  • Going on the Pacific Crest Trail as her first challenge
  • Why the PCT?
  • Studying biology and going to grad school fro ecology and evolution with a focus on reptiles
  • How to thru-ride with horses
  • The logistics of the challenge
  • Why its so hard to thru-ride the PCT
  • The costs involved 
  • 2 trucks and 2 trailers
  • Having to wait for the snow to melt
  • Figuring out the resupply and keeping your horse well fed
  • Why horses need quantity of food and not just quality
  • To have a dedicated support person who drives the truck and meet you on the trail
  • Why June is such an important month on the thru-ride
  • Dealing with the wildlife on the trail
  • Her horses - Shyla and Dakota 
  • Learning her craft
  • The difference between hiking and riding 
  • Making sure you get the right saddle
  • Relaxing ? 
  • Averaging about 25 miles per day with 2 days off per week for the horses
  • Magical moments on the trail
  • Loving camp life
  • Snuggling with the horses?
  • How horses sleep
  • Earning a living
  • Being an egg donor to fund her lifestyle 
  • Turning 29 and going back to grad school
  • The dream list of thru-riding
  • Final words of advice
 
Social Media
 
Websites 
 
www.gillianlarson.net 
www.pacificcrestquest.org
 
Instagram @thru_rider
Dec 22, 2020
Megan is a runner, writer and adventurer from Manchester, UK. 
 
Megan in her own words:
 
“I’m a relentless optimist who always tries to say yes to living life to the fullest. I was born hearing impaired, I am completely deaf in my left ear and partially hearing impaired in my right ear.
 
In 2018, during one of the hottest heatwaves Britain has ever had, I ran from John O’Groats to Land’s End completely unsupported, becoming the youngest woman to do so. I covered around 1000 miles in 40 days and I’m now writing a book about it. 
 
I believe in being good and kind, I believe in saying yes and I believe in the power of positivity.”
 
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*Please note during this episode we do talk about mental health, trauma, & PTSD. 
 
Show notes
  • Moving to the Peak District, UK
  • Growing up in Manchester
  • Not really being that into sports at school
  • Going to University in Wales
  • Falling in love with the outdoors
  • Stepping outside her comfort zone
  • Getting to know new people
  • Getting into running
  • Signing up for the Manchester 10 Km
  • Suffering a bad ankle injury 
  • Going through a difficult break-up
  • Getting back into running after university
  • Signing up to the Chester half marathon and the Manchester Marathon
  • Loving running and deciding to run across the country
  • Enjoying the process of running
  • Deciding to run from John O’Groats to Lands End - the length of the UK
  • The strategy for the run and wanting to camp at the start
  • Figuring out the accommodation for the route
  • Wanting to follow trails and try to avoid the roads as much as possible
  • Feeling excited during the planning stage 
  • When reality for the challenge hit and starting to feel overwhelmed
  • Reaction from friends and family
  • Being hearing impaired and not being able to hear out of her left ear 
  • Fears and concerns before the run
  • Being focused and dedicated to the challenge
  • The start line! The top of the UK at John O’Groats
  • Running with a hearing impairment 
  • The physical, mental and emotional challenges of the run
  • Dealing with her period on the run
  • The challenges of doing it solo and being alone
  • A challenging day down in Cornwall
  • Keeping the motivation going during dark times
  • Letting things go and staying in the present
  • Managing her period during the challenge
  • The financial costs involved 
  • How the run has changed things afterwards
  • Dealing with trauma and an iron deficiency
  • Writing about the challenge and the struggles involved
  • Final words of advice 
 
Dec 17, 2020
Charlotte Fowles - also known as The Executive Adventurer - helps corporate leaders who are frustrated, lost or bored to rediscover their purpose, passion and fun without sacrificing their current success. She is an author and public speaker.
 
Always one to practice what she preaches, she has spent a lot of her life pushing herself way outside her comfort zone in pursuits such as free-diving and scuba diving; marathon running; solo-hiking whilst on chemotherapy; and crossing the Australian outback for months in an ancient 4x4 truck. After enduring over a decade of significant personal trauma, she is an expert in resilience and creating triumph from tragedy and living life in spite of this, and she brings this epic resilience to her coaching. She is passionate about mental wellness and the outdoors and is fascinated by the combinations of these elements that can bring about incredible change.
 
It is this unapologetic energy and relentless pursuit of her clients' complete success that gets results. She knows that as long as you're willing to step outside that comfort zone where you've been feeling so restless, the world that you want to create is all yours.
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Charlotte
  • What life was like growing up
  • Getting into the outdoors in her mid to late 20s
  • Moving to Australia
  • Getting into scuba diving and loving it
  • Getting into coaching 
  • Why she’s called the Executive Adventurer 
  • But..
  • What next?
  • Book - Playing Big
  • Wanting to live and work in a different country
  • Exploring the outback in Australia in a 4x4
  • Leaning new skills
  • Magical moments in the outback
  • Falling in love with the outdoors 
  • Getting away from people
  • Wanting to challenge herself 
  • Being inspired by Bex Band - Love Her Wild 
  • Leaning how to camp in the cold
  • Doing her first winter bivvy in the UK
  • Getting into cold water swimming and loving it!!
  • Building resilience for when things are good
  • FREE 'Strategies for Building, Increasing, and Staying Resilient' guide 
  • Dealing with a lot of personal challenges, all at the same time.
  • Wanting to celebrate what our bodies can do
  • Breaking her leg in two places and having to learn how to walk again
  • Going into therapy for depression
  • Diagnosed with Stage 3B skin cancer in 2019
  • Focusing on the CAN
  • Deciding to go on a solo hiking adventure
  • Confidence is a result not a requirement
  • Blistered and bleeding feet
  • Hiking the Trans Catalonia Trail 
  • The Biggest Book of Yes 
  • To keep moving forward 
  • Being a positive person and working on it
  • #RealAdventureSelfies
  • Having to get on with it
  • Not having a choice
  • Dealing with false summits
  • Advice and top tips about taking the first step
 
 
Social Media
 
Website www.charlottefowles.com 
 
Instagram @FOWLES.CHARLOTTE
 
 
Dec 15, 2020
Marinel de Jesus was a former human rights lawyer from Washington, DC.  In 2016, she founded her social enterprise, Peak Explorations, and media site, Brown Gal Trekker. Both entities aim to create equity and inclusion in the outdoor and travel spaces. 
 
In 2019, she launched the nonprofit organization, The Porter Voice Collective, which utilizes media to advocate for the rights of porters in the trekking industries of Peru, Nepal and Tanzania. 
 
Marinel is also a writer who focuses on stories that elevate the voices of women, people of colour and immigrants. 
 
She has recently discovered filmmaking as a means of advocacy for social changes and completed her first film project, We Are Nomads, in Mongolia where she currently stays as a result of the pandemic. 
 
Marinel is an avid trekker and a full-time global mountain nomad.
 
 
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Show notes
  • What Marinel does
  • Being born and raised in the Philippines
  • Getting into hiking due to having a stressful job
  • Joining a meet up group to go hiking
  • Giving hiking a second time
  • Starting to lead treks around the world
  • Speaking to us from Mongolia due to Covid
  • Thinking about making the transition from a lawyer to a hiker
  • How can you make a career out of hiking?
  • Taking a year long sabbatical from work
  • Making the decision to sell her house
  • Becoming a minimalist 
  • Not having the confidence to start her own company 
  • How the website and blog evolved 
  • Losing her mum in 2017 and leaving law 
  • What Peak Exploration is and does
  • Educating people through the blog - Brown Girl Trekker 
  • Becoming a global mountain nomad
  • Being inspired by being in the mountains 
  • Working and running her business from Mongolia
  • Focusing on writing 
  • From a lawyer to a mountain nomad podcast
  • Advice for making the transition from a full time career to digital nomad
  • Having thinking time outdoors
  • Advice for women who want to travel solo
  • The power of taking small steps
  • The preparation and planning for a trip
  • Film project - ‘Don’t date a girl who treks’ and ‘We are Nomads’
  • Final words of advice 
 
Social Media
 
Websites:
www.browngaltrekker.com 
www.peakexplorations.com 
www.theportervoicecollective.org
 
Facebook: @bgtpeakexplorations 
Instagram: @browngaltrekker
 
Dec 10, 2020
As a 4x Winter Olympian, a career high ranking of 8th in the World, 7x British National Overall Champion and the only British female skier to ever win a run in a World Cup, Chemmy Alcott is widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest ever skiers.
 
In a time where competing at a Winter Olympics was unusual for a British athlete, Chemmy defied the odds and pioneered a skiing movement that has inspired a generation. Resulting in not just skiers, but British Winter Sport athletes as a whole seeing the Winter Olympics as a realistic and achievable goal.
 
Since retiring from competing on the world stage after The Sochi Olympics in 2014, Chemmy has immersed herself in the world of TV & media, where she now presents for the BBC on Ski Sunday and commentates on the World Cup Ski Series for Eurosport amongst being a guest on many other show.
 
Chemmy continues to constantly push her body to the limit, competing in multiple physical challenges including the World’s Toughest Ski Race in Greenland, the 100-mile road race in London and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, raising over £800,000 for charity in the process.
 
Chemmy is committed to inspiring the next generation and educating people from all over the world through sport. Most notably, she created the ‘X-Elle’ scheme, which aims to develop girl’s confidence through sports she helps give them the confidence to create big dreams and do everything humanly possible to achieve them.
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Chemmy
  • Growing up in a ski mad family
  • Being inspired by her older brother
  • Starting to ski at 18 months old and doing her first race at 3 yrs
  • The fear of falling over
  • Loving tennis and skiing
  • Going to her first big event at 11 years old and winning
  • Education and skiing
  • Spending the summer months in New Zealand
  • Female role models in skiing
  • Wanting to be a speed skier
  • Meeting and racing against her idol
  • Breaking her neck in a ski accident…
  • Having a fused neck and having to travel with an x-ray
  • Fear of failure and the fear of letting people down
  • Learning to control her mind and finding a way to help herself
  • Only being able to ski at 80%
  • Winning her run in the world cup
  • What’s going through her head at the start of the race
  • Trying to replicate training runs more
  • Learning to stay in the present moment
  • Funding your life as an Olympian
  • Not getting any support from the government
  • Having to back yourself and be confident
  • Recovering from injury 
  • Having tiny daily goals
  • Doing the Words Toughest Ski Race in Greenland
  • Getting into endurance sports
  • Making the brutal decision to retire from professional sport
  • Dreaming of becoming a presenter on ski Sunday
  • Wanting to become a mum
  • How life has changed having 2 children
  • Taking the children out skiing
  • Skiing in a chilled way….
  • Using sport to help improve confidence
  • Keeping fit and active now
  • Quick Fire Questions
 
 
Social Media
 
Website www.chemmyalcott.com 
 
Facebook  @Chemmy-Alcott
 
Instagram @chemmyski 
 
Twitter @chemmyski
 
 
 
Dec 8, 2020
Namira Salim, a Space Diplomat, Future Astronaut, Pioneering Polar Explorer and Artist, is a prominent Pakistani based in the Principality of Monaco since 1997. She is well renowned as the First South Asian and First person from Monaco to go to space aboard Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic –the first private space-line of the world.
 
In March 2006, Sir Richard Branson, Chairman Virgin Group, personally introduced Namira to the world press as one of the earliest Founders and Future Astronauts of Virgin Galactic. As an example of early consumer confidence, Namira’s membership landed Virgin its biggest investor from Abu Dhabi, worth US$380 million. In August 2006, the Government of Pakistan, officially launched Namira to the nation as the “First Pakistani Astronaut” making her an instant source of inspiration for women and youth. In October 2007, she successfully qualified to go to space after completing her spaceflight training at the worlds largest centrifuge in the United States.
 
Namira became the first Pakistani and first woman from Monaco and Dubai (where her parents moved in 1981), at the North Pole in April 2007 and the South Pole in January 2008, as well as the first Asian to skydive (tandem) over Mount Everest (third pole) in October 2008. At all three poles, she hoisted the Pakistani and a universal peace flag.
 
In November 2015, Namira launched her non-profit organization, Space Trust to promote Space as the New Frontier for Peace. Since then she has engaged ten governments and five former and sitting Heads of State to advocate Space as a sustainable tool for peacemaking on Earth on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
 
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Show notes
  • Growing up in Pakistan 
  • Her dream of going into space
  • Being inspired by NASA
  • Keeping her motivation of going to space
  • Not being the person to pursue science education
  • Falling in love with the stars
  • Moving to the South of France and wanting to live in solitude
  • Writing poetry and spending time being creative
  • Calling Virgin Galactic
  • Paying $200,000 for a seat as a founder Astronaut  
  • Being part of the global press launch
  • Being launched as the first Pakistan Astronaut
  • The importance of dreams
  • Doing astronaut training in 2007
  • Taking sub orbital flights 
  • Why it’s not as challenging on the body
  • Taking on the poles and sky diving over Mt. Everest 
  • The challenges of sky diving over Mt. Everest - October 2008
  • Waiting for the prefect weather window
  • The power of believing in herself
  • The highest drop zone in the world 
  • Free falling during sky diving at 153mph
  • Managing risk
  • Believing in fate, destiny and God.
  • Being a Space Diplomat
  • Space as a new frontier for peace
  • Visiting the North Pole and dealing with the cold
  • Spending 3 weeks in the South Pole
  • Peace Expeditions and inspiring women and youth around the world
  • Space Trust 
  • Space Diplomacy 
  • O G Summit 2030
  • Current project
  • Funding projects and expeditions
  • Why Space can help with climate change
  • Final words of advice 
 
Social Media
 
Websites 
 
Personal - www.namirasalim.com 
Space Trust - www.spacetrust.com
 
Twitter @namirasalim 
 
Instagram @namirasalimofficial 
 
Facebook @namirasalimofficial
 
Dec 3, 2020
Jean Muenchrath's passion for hiking, skiing and exploring wild places began as a child in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. In 1982 she skied 223 miles along California’s John Muir Trail using skinny Nordic skis without metal edges. Her strength, courage and determination helped her survive a near fatal mountaineering accident on Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States, and a five-day epic to self-evacuate.
 
Her love for nature and travel has take her to South America and Asia. Jean has worked as a trekking guide in Nepal and Thailand and as a consultant in Bhutan with the World Wildlife Fund. She was a park ranger with the U.S. National Park Service for over thirty years. 
 
Today she gives inspirational talks about pursuing one's dreams, outdoor adventures and what she’s learned from her tragedy. Through sharing her story, she hopes to give others the strength and courage to transform their own life’s challenges and the moxie to follow their dreams.
 
Her book, If I Live Until Morning, A True Story of Adventure, Tragedy and Transformation, was a finalist in the 2018 Best Book Awards in the Travel: Guides & Essays Category sponsored by the American Book Fest. 
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Jean
  • Becoming an author later on in life
  • Working as a Park ranger for the US National Park Service
  • Spending her 21st birthday in a tree!
  • Growing up in Colorado 
  • Being in love with the mountains from a young age
  • Her dreams as a young girl
  • Going to college and making some changes in her life
  • Spending time alone and living in remote places
  • Starting to take on her own personal challenges
  • The 1982 expedition 
  • The John Muir Trail - 240km/211miles
  • Concerns regards the adventure 
  • Having to delay the trip by 1 month due to avalanches 
  • Background to the ski trip
  • Getting ahead of schedule by 1 week
  • Deciding to climb Mt. Whitney (14,505ft)
  • Reliving the trauma and being able to health 
  • Dealing with an lightening strike
  • Changing plans due to the storm and needing to get down the mountain fast
  • Falling 45/50m down the mountain and having very sever injuries
  • Going unconscious… Breaking a lot of bones…
  • Not having mobile phones or GPS
  • “I’m going to live”
  • Hope and despair
  • Pain and not being able to pee
  • The recovery process
  • Making it to the Himalayas 
  • Lessons learned from the challenges faced
  • The journey of writing the book
  • Wanting to go back to Mt. Whitney 
  • Getting back into the mountains
  • Learning how to process your traumas
  • Wanting to inspire people
 
Social Media
 
Website www.jeanmuenchrath.com
 
Dec 1, 2020
Tazneem is a UKA Run Leader, and works with ASICS Frontrunner. Her aim to inspire more women from the Black and Minority Ethnic communities to run. Tazneem works as full time Pharmacist and is mum to 3 boys.
 
Tazneem in her own words
 
“My name is Tazneem, but most people call me Taz. I live in Buckinghamshire and I'm a pharmacist working in the pharmaceutical industry. I started running in 2017 as a complete beginner and ran my 1st half marathon within 6 months of starting. 
 
I'm a runner who wears hijab and that in itself does mean I dress a bit differently when running, but my hijab has never been a barrier for me at all. 
 
I'm not a super fast runner, but I train hard to achieve the running goals I set myself”
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Taz
  • What her childhood was like
  • Not being that sporty growing up
  • Getting into running at 36
  • Having 3 children
  • Giving running ago while on holiday
  • Wanting to stay active and healthy 
  • Running with a Hijab 
  • Running as a muslim woman
  • Cultural barriers to running
  • Doing her first park run and going along by herself
  • Focusing on running her first 5k
  • Setting a running goal of doing a half marathon
  • Having 6 months to train for the Birmingham Half marathon in October 2017
  • Finding a running plan on line
  • Running early on in the morning
  • Making changes in her life to fit running in
  • The balancing act of being a wife, mother and an employee
  • Feelings of mum guilt
  • Concerns before the Birmingham Half Marathon 
  • Being supported by her new friends from Park Run
  • Feeling emotional at the end of the half marathon
  • Booking her next half marathon
  • Running in Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Deciding to join a running club
  • Becoming a run leader
  • Deciding to run a marathon
  • Turning 40 and wanting to mark the occasion 
  • Deciding on the Loch Ness Marathon in Scotland!
  • The challenges faced during the marathon
  • Starting to struggle at mile 18
  • The mental side of running
  • Running the Virtual 40th London Marathon in October
  • Doing a lap course 
  • Advice for runners who want to run a marathon 
  • Deciding to do Race to the Stones 2021 
 
Social Media
 
Blog - thishijabiruns.wordpress.com 
 
Instagram @thishijabiruns 
 
Twitter @thishijabiruns 
 
To learn more about Muslim Women in Sport  visit - www.mwsf.org.uk
 
Nov 26, 2020
Katie Visco, who has been called a "bubbly and offbeat running, biking, soup-making, people-loving, community-building exclamation mark," started running when she was in middle school, duped into the sport thinking it was some kind of soccer conditioning camp. Oops. She quickly fell in love with running, and then...
 
In 2009, promoting the importance of a bold and passion-driven life, Katie ran solo across America, from Boston to San Diego, and became the 2nd youngest and 13th woman overall to make the crossing. During, and the year after her transAmerican crossing, she raised funds for the charity, Girls on the Run, and also stopped to visit more than two hundred audiences en route to spread her message to young and old alike. Running has been a versatile cornerstone of her wellbeing for years, and she especially loves the trails!
 
Besides trail running, biking, creating delicious food, and traveling, Katie loves her husband and family very much and enjoys getting to hear the stories of others. She's been writing since she was six and hopes to publish a book one day. She's stoked to share her journeys with you in hopes that you will glean something special from them for your own growth and joy. 
 
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Show notes
  • Katie in her own words
  • What she loves in life
  • Growing up in Chicago, USA
  • Being empowered as a young girl
  • Having creative and wild ideas
  • Being supported in her dreams 
  • Deciding to run across America at 23 years old
  • Loving running
  • Wanting to empower young people to follow their passions
  • Figuring out the why and understanding the motivation behind the challenge
  • Figuring out the funding and the logistics
  • The power of breaking down challenges
  • Why it’s ok to ask for support
  • Training the body for big endurance challenges
  • Dealing with stress in life
  • Lessons learned from running across America in 2009
  • Respecting everyone’s story
  • What happened between 2009 and 2019
  • Wanting to put some roots down and starting a company
  • Wanting to run across Australia since 2013
  • Dealing with injury setbacks and having to postpone the Australia run 2x
  • Figuring out the training for for a big ultra run
  • Figuring out the money and taking time off 
  • Being part of a team with her husband
  • Getting to the start line in Australia!
  • Why failure is just feedback
  • The biggest challenge of running across Australia 
  • The mental side of the challenge
  • Giving herself grace on the challenge
  • Mental tips and tricks
  • “Tedious but brief”
  • What a typical day was like
  • Reflecting back on the journey 
  • Adventure blues
  • No more ambitions to run across a country but wanting to do a big cycle around the world
  • Doing a different type of adventure
  • Final words of advice 
 
Social Media
 
Website - www.katievisco.com
 
Instagram - @katievisco
 
Nov 24, 2020
Amazin LêThi was born in Saigon where she was left in an orphanage by her mother. Amazin was then adopted by a white Australian family and became a trans racial adoptee and grew up in Australia. As a young adult, she was homeless for a period of time and it was at this lowest point, contemplating suicide, Amazin realized her passion and love for sport could help her survive. 
 
Amazin got into weightlifting as a young age and through this, she gaining physical and mental strength, which in turn helped her with her confidence. Amazin shares more from her personal journey of homelessness and having to fight against all the odds to overcome enormous barriers to become a leading global rainbow (LGBTQ) sports activist and thought leader. 
 
Amazin is a former competitive natural bodybuilder, TV/Film star, entertainment executive and the first Vietnamese internationally published health and fitness author. Currently focusing on the sport of shooting with her goal of reaching the Olympics in this sport. 
 
Amazin is the first Asian ambassador for Athlete Ally, a nonprofit dedicated to champion LGBTQI+ equality, and Stonewall U.K., Europe’s largest LGBTQ charity. Her own Amazin LeThi Foundation uses sports to develop leadership skills for “rainbow youth” and advocates for LGBTQ allyship in the athletic community.
 
Amazin in her own words:
 
Sport has always been part of my life but I never saw myself in sports, let alone as an LGBTQ athlete, which made me feel very alone and isolated. I never felt I could ever be out because I was always bullied as that one Asian person in sport.
 
Sport should be welcoming to everyone and no one should feel they should hide their sexuality or gender identity. Sharing my story and living authentically and unapologetically gives me the freedom to realise that my emotions are real, that how I feel inside matters and that I’m worthy of owning the space that I’m in. 
 
I want my story to provide a positive message for any Asian athlete who wants to be openly out in sports and to remind them they are not alone.
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Amazin
  • How sport has played apart in her life
  • Being bullied from a young age
  • Being a trans racial adoptee 
  • Being brought up in Australia 
  • Not fitting in anywhere and living in limbo
  • Falling into bodybuilding at a young age
  • Being dropped off at the gym
  • The power of sports
  • Wanting to be a competitive body builder
  • Being your authentic self in sports
  • Reconnecting with the Vietnamese language, country and culture
  • Leaving Australia and being homeless for a while
  • Wanting to create an impact but not being sure what or how to do it
  • Why sports helped her to survive 
  • Deciding to pilot a sports program in Vietnam
  • The start of the Amazin Lethi Foundation
  • Plans for the future
  • Training in shooting and hoping to go to the Olympics
  • Wanting another challenge in sports
  • Becoming a global advocate
  • All major sporting events over the next few years being held in Asia
  • Lack of Asian Representation
  • Wanting to make sports welcoming 
  • The role sports media plays 
  • Final words of advice
 
Social Media
 
Website - https://www.amazinlethi.com
 
Facebook @AmazinLethi 
 
Instagram @amazinlethi 
 
Twitter @amazinlethi
 
Nov 19, 2020
Amy is a professional athlete, career-woman, mother and the founder of the One Step Ahead Foundation. 
 
After losing her left leg below the knee due to a motorcycle accident that occurred in 1994, Amy compiled a tremendous portfolio of world records and firsts for a female amputee in marathons, ultramarathons, triathlons, and ultra-triathlons. As she attained more and more achievements, she found herself in the position of being a role model, especially for young people with physical disabilities of their own. She soon found herself working extensively with children, introducing them to sports and athletics as a way of helping them overcome their physical limitations. After several years, Amy founded the One Step Ahead Foundation in order to provide even more opportunities for children with physical disabilities.
 
In 2011, Amy became the first female amputee to finish the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile course starting at 282 feet below sea level in the Badwater Basin, in California's Death Valley, and ending at an elevation of 8360 feet (2548 m) at Whitney Portal, the trail head to Mount Whitney.
 
In February 2014, Amy completed Ultraman Florida.  This performance during the 6.2 mile swim, 261.4 mile Bike and 52.4 mile run earned her yet another world record for female para-athletes. Later that same year, Amy was the first para-athlete to complete the 2014 Obstacle Racing World Championships, a mandatory obstacle completion format, earning her second place in her age group.
 
As an AGOGE and two time Death Race Finisher,  Summer 2014 and Summer 2018,  Amy continues to push the boundaries of what is perceived as a limit.  Durning the 2018 Death Race,  36 hours into the event after countless miles, task and 3500 burpees, Amy set the longest distance crawled under barbed wire for 12 consecutive hours for both female and para-athletes.  
 
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Show notes
  • Growing up and loving the outdoors
  • Playing outside all day, everyday
  • How running became a big part of her life
  • How running was an equaliser 
  • Not taking anything seriously
  • The next steps after high school
  • Getting a scholarship 
  • Dropping out of college and getting a full time job to support herself
  • Deciding to run a marathon
  • Running her first marathon in 3hrs 24 mins….
  • Qualifying for the Boston Marathon
  • Starting to run longer distances
  • Getting hit by a car and fighting to save her leg for 3 years
  • Being worries about losing her job
  • Having her leg amputated at 21 years old
  • Not being able to afford counselling 
  • 10 years to find the right prosthetic leg for her
  • Running the Chicago Marathon in 2006
  • Being given a second chance
  • A step A head Prosthetics
  • "What do you want to do with your life?”
  • Having a goal to run 100 miles
  • Believe
  • Helping to get someone else through the marathon
  • The journey of getting to run 100 miles
  • Having trouble breathing while running fast miles
  • Running at a slower pace for longer distances
  • Becoming a Mighty Mum and doing her first obstacle race
  • Wanting to run at Western States in California and be the first athlete with an prosthetic to cross the finish line
  • Managing pain and dealing with pain
  • The recovery process after big races
  • Working full time (60-70 hrs per week), with 6 children aged from 9 years old to 18 years old
  • Helping other people to achieve their goals
  • Beta-alanine Supplement
  • Being a single mum to two children 
  • What training looks like 
  • Running on a treadmill versus running on the road
  • Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you
 
Social Media
 
Website www.seeamyrun.com 
 
Facebook @seeamyrun 
 
Instagram @amybkw1 
 
Twitter @runamyrun
Nov 17, 2020
Loretta was one of 9 children, and lived with her single mum and siblings. Loretta was born partially blind and intellectually challenged, she was unable to walk or talk until the age four. Through the support and commitment of her mum, Loretta eventually began to speak, walk and soon started to follow her big brother into running. 
 
After being introduced to the Special Olympics her life started to change. She introduced President Bill Clinton at the 1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games has won multiple medals in dozens of its events, and also holds the current women's record in her age group for the 5000 meters at seventeen minutes.
 
Loretta has also crossed the finish line of twenty-six marathons, twice placing among the top one-hundred women in the Boston Marathon. Loretta holds a 4th-degree black belt in karate, communicates in four languages, including American Sign Language, and holds three honorary doctorate degrees from Quinnipiac University, Villanova University, and York College of Pennsylvania, making her the first person with an intellectual disability known to receive such honours, according to Special Olympics Incorporated.    
 
Today, Loretta is a celebrated athlete who was honoured in 1996 with ESPN's ESPY Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. Her life story was told in Walt Disney Productions The Loretta Claiborne Story and in the biography, "In Her Stride" published by WorldScapes.
 
Loretta at 67 years young, still runs every day and is very active in her community. Her motto for life is, “God is my strength, Special Olympics is my joy”.
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Loretta
  • Growing up in the 1950s
  • Dealing with discrimination all her life
  • Her strong and powerful mother who had big dreams for Loretta
  • Making the transition from school to work
  • Looking after her mother when she got sick
  • Moving into her first apartment 
  • Advice from her mother
  • Finding out about the Special Olympics
  • Not being allowed to quit the Special Olympics
  • Starting going running with her brother
  • Getting into road racing in the late 70s and early 80s
  • Running in the Boston Marathon
  • Being told she was too good to compete in the Special Olympics as a runner
  • Starting martial arts and self training
  • Not being able to go to the gym because of Covid
  • Book - In her Stride
  • Having a film made about her life
  • Dealing with anger
  • Turning her anger into a positive 
  • Learning to control her anger through martial arts
  • Deciding to learn sign language
  • Loving sports
  • 2 mottos that Loretta lives her life by
  • The joy in her life
  • Being the Chief Inspiration Officer for the Special Olympics 
  • Women who have inspired Loretta
  • Having good people in her life
  • Quick Fire Questions
  • Final words of advice 
 
Social Media
 
Website www.lorettaclaiborne.com
 
 
Nov 12, 2020
Tracy was expelled from school at the age of 15 and with no exams or qualifications she left to travel the world. She began working on charter yachts in Greece at the age of 17 and learned how to sail. 
 
Tracy took part in her first Whitbread Round the World Race as cook aboard ‘Atlantic Privateer’ in 1985/86 becoming the first woman to race around the world on a Maxi.
 
Upon completion she decided to enter the first all-female crew in the 1989/90 Whitbread and ‘Maiden’ crossed the start line on 2nd Sept 1989 and sailed into the history books. ‘Maiden’ went on to win two of the legs and came second in class overall. The best result for a British boat since 1977 and the best result for an all-female crew ever. 
 
Tracy was awarded the MBE and became the first woman in its 34 year history to be awarded the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy.
 
Tracy founded The Maiden Factor in the process of rescuing her beloved yacht Maiden. In 2016 she decided she wanted to do more than just restore Maiden, she also wanted to make sure she was used for something special. 
 
Tracy is Patron of, fundraises for and supports a number of small but effective charities who facilitate the education of girls around the globe.
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Tracy
  • Growing up in Reading and losing her father at 10 years old
  • Being expelled from school at 15
  • How she fell into sailing
  • Saying yes to opportunities
  • Female role models in sailing 
  • Having amazing male mentors
  • Learning how to navigate
  • Fighting for gender equality and against injustice
  • Deciding to race around the world in the 1985/86 Whitbread Race
  • Taking the first steps into sailing as a cook
  • Gaining new skills and learning as much as she could
  • Finding out that she was tough enough
  • Wanting to prove that women could sail around the world
  • Turning the dream into a reality 
  • Dealing with the negative pushback 
  • Struggling to find the money
  • Getting Maiden to the start line!
  • Competition and collaboration 
  • Why women are STRONG TOGETHER
  • The power of women working together
  • Dealing with the pressure of performance
  • Having to prove that women could sail around the world safely
  • Using the fear to motivate 
  • Struggling to deal with stress
  • The Maiden Factor Foundation 
  • Finding Maiden and getting the boat back
  • Starting a 3 year world tour on Maiden in 2018
  • Inspiring the next generation of girls 
  • The impact of Covid on the charity
  • The process of making - Maiden The Movie 
  • “Girls have got to see success in it’s raw form”
  • “Success can be messy”
  • The impact of Covid and having to cancel the American part of the tour
  • Doing a tour of UK and Ireland in April 2021
  • Missing people
  • Final words of advice 
 
Social Media
 
Website https://www.tracyedwards.com 
 
Twitter @TracyEdwardsMBE 
 
The Maiden Factor - The Maiden Factor's mission is to continue Maiden's iconic legacy and inspire the next generation of girls through education
 
Website - https://www.themaidenfactor.org 
 
Twitter @maidenfactor 
 
Facebook @TheMaidenFactor
 
Nov 10, 2020
Susan took up cycling as a hobby about 10 years ago and since then has gone on to spend over 2 and a half years on a cycle tour around the world. 
 
Susan visited 15 countries on four different continents. Meeting amazing people along the way and having fantastic experiences, which she has shared on her blog
 
Since then, Susan has gone on to become a Breeze Champion and she set up Leicester Women’s Velo with a few other Breeze Champions in Leicester. 
 
Susan is also one of Cycling UK’s “100 Women in Cycling 2019”. Susan hopes to inspire you to go on your own adventure!
 
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Show notes
  • Getting back into cycling 10 years ago
  • Coming back from a round the world cycle tour
  • Family life and learning how to ride a bike
  • Wanting to be a ballerina
  • Health and fitness and being the fat kid at school
  • Dislocating her shoulder
  • Going on holiday to NYC
  • The struggle of getting into a routine
  • Leaving her job to become a full time personal trainer
  • How work took over her life
  • Making the transition to becoming a full time personal trainer
  • Getting back into cycling
  • Building up the courage to join a cycling club
  • Sky Ride Locals
  • Being willing to try new things
  • Starting to think about bigger rides
  • Breeze Rides and becoming a breeze champion
  • Getting a group of women to cycle across France 
  • Learning how to cycle tour
  • Gaining new skills
  • Trying to find the right bike 
  • The rush of getting from A to B
  • Where the idea came from to cycle around the world
  • Going back to work to earn money for the trip
  • Starting to tell people about the cycle tour
  • Trying to decide on cycle routes
  • How her journey and plan changed
  • Why New Zealand started to appeal
  • Taking 2 years to plan the adventure 
  • Decluttering the house to rent it out
  • Saving money and the budget for the trip
  • Gaining knowledge regarding bike maintenance
  • Cycling around Taiwan
  • The magical moments from the trip
  • Transitioning back to a normal life
  • Living with her mum
  • Not wanting to come home
  • Thinking about the next cycle adventure
  • A cycle around the coast of Great Britain 
  • Final words of advice 
 
 
Social Media
 
Website pfaffingandcycling.wordpress.com/
 
Instagram @susanlonghaultrucker 
 
Twitter @Susan_Doram
 
 
 
Nov 5, 2020
Kerri Andrews is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Edge Hill University. She writes about literary history, particularly untold or forgotten histories, and has published widely on women’s writing. Her book, Wanderers: A History of Women Walking, published by Reaktion in September 2020. 
 
Tracing the footsteps of ten women walker-writers from eighteenth-century parson’s daughter Elizabeth Carter – who desired nothing more than to be taken for a vagabond in the wilds of southern England – to modern walker-writers such as Nan Shepherd and Cheryl Strayed, Wanderers offers a beguiling, alternative view of the history of walking.
 
Kerri is also one of the leaders of Women In The Hills, an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project aimed at exploring the factors enabling and inhibiting women's access to upland landscapes. The project brings together people from all areas of walking, mountaineering, land access and management, to drive change in women's access and experiences.
 
Kerri is the General Editor of Nan Shepherd’s letters, the first ever edition of Shepherd's, which will be published in 2023 by Edinburgh University Press. She is also a keen hill-walker and a member of Mountaineering Scotland.
 
You can listen to Kerri on the Tough Girl Podcast, NEW episodes every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out. 
 
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Show notes
  • Getting interested in writing about women and walking
  • Living in Scotland
  • Getting into walking 
  • Heading off to university and doing her PhD
  • Deciding to get down to a healthy weight
  • Starting to play squash
  • Her first trip up Snowdon
  • Connecting with people via Meet Up
  • Co-Leader of Women in the Hills - Research Network. What hinders & enhances women's experiences of the hills? 
  • What the research is showing
  • Wanderers: A History of Women Walking
  • Starting to write the book in 2012
  • Doing the research over the years
  • Focusing on women over the past 300 years
  • Being inspired by; Sarah Stoddart Hazlitt  
  • The power of walking 
  • Having her first child and the struggles of finding child care
  • The power of Cheryl Strayed writing 
  • What it means to be female on the trail
  • Female bodies and how they open up new possibilities
  • Finding the information for the book
  • Why women’s walks don’t get taken notice off
  • Doing other kinds of walking
  • Getting the book published 
  • The Literary Consultancy 
  • Reaktion Books 
  • Being inspired by Nan Shepherd
  • First edition of Nan Shepherd’s correspondence to come out in 2023 
  • Key takeaways from the book
  • The idea of a female tradition
 
Social Media
 
Website www.edgehill.ac.uk/englishhistorycreativewriting/staff/dr-kerri-andrews/ 
 
Twitter @kerriandrewsuk 
 
Book  - Wanderers: A History of Women Walking
 
This is a book about ten women who, over the past three hundred years, have found walking essential to their sense of themselves, as people and as writers.
 
In a series of intimate, incisive portraits, Wanderers traces their footsteps, from eighteenth-century parson's daughter Elizabeth Carter ‐ who desired nothing more than to be taken for a vagabond in the wilds of southern England ‐ to modern walker-writers such as Nan Shepherd and Cheryl Strayed. 
 
For each, walking was integral, whether it was rambling for miles across the Highlands, like Sarah Stoddart Hazlitt, or pacing novels into being, as Virginia Woolf did around Bloomsbury.
 
'With the absorbing voice and attention to detail of a favourite hiking companion, Andrews unearths the forgotten women who have walked for creativity, for independence and self-discovery, to remember, to forget, to escape violence, to find physical and emotional strength.' Rachel Hewitt, historian, trail-runner and author of Map of a Nation
Nov 3, 2020
“I want to change the world, one race at a time” - Khadijah Diggs
 
Khadijah is Mother, Project Manager and a Team USA and Silver IronMan All-World Triathlete. Her mission is to Promote a Positive Image of Muslim Women and Islam in General through Sport.
 
Khadijah is currently ranked in the top 5% of her age group by Ironman Triathlon and is the first African American woman to represent Team USA in Long Course Triathlon and the first Muslim women to represent Team USA in any multi-sport event. The single mother of twins competed in her first triathlon in 2012 at age 43, and now aspires to win a national championship in the Master’s division.
 
Khadijah in her own words:
 
"Training and racing started off as my therapy to recover from a failing marriage and the loss of loved ones to cancer. It has remained that but has also become how I express myself and share who I am as Muslim, a Mother and a Woman." 
 
Her GOAL is to open dialogue and connect women of all backgrounds on a personal level by sharing common experiences, joys and struggles through healthy living, group training and healthy competition. 
 
"I have learned traveling all over the country and the World to race, that at the core, we are more the same than different. The struggles of motherhood and just being female are universal and it binds us as women.”
 
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Show notes
  • Who is Khadijah
  • Loving swimming from a young age
  • Running track in college
  • Getting her first bike for her first triathlon
  • Doing her first triathlon in 2012 at 40 years old
  • Coming 3rd to last, but loving the whole experience
  • Being encouraged and supported at the start of her triathlon journey 
  • Figuring it out at the start
  • Reading books and looking at training plans on-line
  • Figuring out her method for triathlon
  • Increasing from sprint triathlon to a half ironman distance
  • Deciding to take swim lessons
  • The struggle of finding appropriate clothing to wear
  • ASIYA hijabs 
  • Muslim role models in triathlon
  • Becoming a better athlete through making mistakes
  • Realising the importance of nutrition
  • The importance of planning for everything that can go wrong
  • What’s going on mentally during a race
  • Dedicating races to loved ones
  • Using triathlon training as a mental escape
  • Trying to get the balance right 
  • Having all the equipment to train at home including an endless pool
  • Racing in Cuba 
  • Nutrition and changes to diet to help balance blood sugar levels
  • F2C Nutrition 
  • Looking at nutrition in a holistic way 
  • Training during Ramadan
  • Magical moments from races
  • The power of mantra 
  • Being an introvert and preferring the virtual settings
  • Final words of advice for taking on a triathlon 
 
Social Media 
 
Website - www.khadijahtriathlete.com
 
Instagram - @khadijahtriathlete 
 
Facebook - @trigammalete
 
Podcast - https://anchor.fm/khadijah-diggs
 
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