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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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Sep 8, 2020
In 2009, after a crippling divorce that left her heartbroken and directionless, Kristin decided to accept an offer to live at a friend's cabin outside of Denali National Park in Alaska for a few months.  In exchange for housing, she would take care of her friend's eight sled dogs. 
 
That winter, she learned that she was tougher than she ever knew. She learned how to survive in one of the most remote places on earth and she learned she was strong enough to be alone.  She fell in love twice: first with running sled dogs, and then with Andy, a gentle man who had himself moved to Alaska to heal a broken heart.  

Kristin and Andy married and started a sled dog kennel.  While this work was enormously satisfying, Kristin became determined to complete the Iditarod -- the 1,000-mile dogsled race from Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast.
 
On her blog at www.kristinknightpace.com, she writes:
 
“What our hands do these days is shape the dream of our childhoods. There it thrived in two different kids, and as we grew up and in turn grew older, even when our attentions turned to other things, the dream waited there patiently. Whether or not we knew the kind of purchase that dream held in our insides did not matter, because we both ended up following it. The drive of it, the excitement it held, the pure and simple promise in it – all those things were impossible to ignore. Very much the same fear in each of our hearts cast a net toward something familiar and we ignored it, facing instead north and driving away, away. Something in us must have known all along how that dream would be nurtured by Alaska, even if we could never have known the rare kind of love we would find in one another here. And to see that clearing in the woods now, the footprint of our home in the wilderness made by our four hands…The dogs are the only ones who can perfectly describe what that reward feels like - they being incapable of speech and capable of the purest joy, manifested in leaps and snorts and rolls and howls. It is the filling in my heart.”
 
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!
 
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 Texas
  • Ending up in Alaska in 2009
  • Accepting an internship in Alaska
  • Dealing with heartbreak
  • Being in the wilderness in Alaska
  • Driving from Montana to Alaska
  • Arriving at the remote cabin
  • A new beginning
  • Getting through the first winter
  • Moose & Maximus
  • Becoming a dog musher
  • Her first 1,000 miles race in 2015
  • The joy of travelling with dogs
  • Dealing with the freezing cold
  • The Yukon Quest
  • Running with a team of 14 dogs
  • Not wanting to finish the race
  • What the Quest taught her
  • Meeting Andy for the first time
  • Surviving in Alaska
  • Needing to take a break from the lifestyle
  • Being a woman in dog sledding
  • Being supported and encouraged
  • What makes a good dog driver?
  • Calm and assertive 
  • Writing the book 
 
Social Media
 
Website
 
Personal - https://www.kristinknightpace.com
 
Business -  https://www.heymoosekennel.com 
 
 
THIS MUCH COUNTRY: A Memoir (Grand Central Publishing; March 10, 2020) is about the love between a woman and her dogs, which intensifies with every rollicking adventure and mishap, from mushing under the northern lights to literally running smack into a 2,000-pound wood bison with a dog team. 
 
It is a story about starting from scratch, stripping away all but necessity and living by animal instincts to find life’s richness. From the first time Kristin hooks up a dog team to the moment she roars across the finish line of the Iditarod, readers witness the chaos of starting over in the din of barking, lunging dogs and the peaceful resolution of 15 dogs moving in unison as the Kristin comes to her own realizations about what it means to be wildly singular.
 
Sep 3, 2020
Dr. Tekemia Dorsey is the CEO of the International Association of Black Triathletes, and Owner of IABT MultiSport Racing. Dr. Dorsey is the founder of the 2018 “Youth & Junior TRI-Conference®/EXPO*Event!” 
 
Dr. Dorsey received her Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix and Masters of Education in Guidance & Counseling from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. 
 
Using her leadership principles and core pillars, Dr. Dorsey has become an established, best-selling and awarding winner author and business professional, keynote speaker, facilitator/workshop presenter, curriculum specialist, publisher, professor, entrepreneur, radio show host, executive leadership trainer/coach, community activist, athlete and Child of God. 
 
She is a well-rounded athlete as a runner (marathoner), duathlete, triathlete, and an IRONMAN.
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time! Make sure you subscribe 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 Tekemia
  • Getting into sports 
  • Playing softball at college
  • Getting into running
  • Running her first race
  • Falling in love with running
  • Inspiring people with her running
  • Making the transition into triathlon in 2013
  • Starting with a Duathalon - run - bike - run
  • Doing her first Ironman - Ironman Eagleman
  • Learning how to swim
  • Why she does challenges
  • Why quitting has never been an option
  • Applying lessons from her life to doing the Ironman
  • Creating SMART goals and achieving them
  • Being her own worst enemy
  • “Failure is not an option”
  • Being raised by her grandmother
  • Starting the IABT - International Association of Black Triathletes
  • The vision and the goals for IABT
  • Being new to the multi-sport industry
  • Figuring out her niche
  • Getting her children involved in triathlon
  • Having a focus on youth
  • Getting to understand the industry more
  • Creating a guaranteed pathway to college through triathlon
  • Creating opportunities for youth
  • Dealing with set backs and stress
  • Being a single mum 
  • Changing the narrative
  • What a typical week looks like
  • Launching a new initiative   
 
Social Media
 
IABT/IABT MultiSport Racing - Mission is to develop athletic talent and the whole Child, living in urban communities through the Multi-sport Industry.
 
Website - https://www.iabtyouthnjuniortriconference.org
 
Facebook - @IABTriathletes
 
Instagram - @iabtriathletes 
 
Sep 1, 2020
Carla in her own words:
 
I am an elite ultra runner, running coach and adventurer who seeks out events that are slightly harder than the average. I love pushing my body to the limits by running a long way, up mountains, around islands and recently running the length of Great Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats and setting a new ladies World Record along the way. It’s safe to say that I have caught the ‘micro-adventure’ and exploration bug.
 
I have represented Great Britain at the 100km World Championships and I currently compete for Team Massmart, an elite woman’s running team based in South Africa. 
 
With my experience in sport from grass roots to elite level, my degree in Science in Health, Exercise and Sport, UK Athletics Coaching, Personal Training and Sports Massage qualifications I love to work with aspiring runners and athletes to get the best out of themselves and push their boundaries!
 
I am happiest when on the trails carrying out my own adventure be that running around Mont Blanc or running the length of Great Britain. There is something magical about planning your own journey and going on an adventure.
 
During this episode Carla shares more about her passion for running, and goes into detail about the training, planning and preparation for her most recent challenge running the length of Great Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats which she did in a record breaking time of 12 days, 30 mins and 14 seconds.
 
New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time! Make sure you subscribe 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
  • Reflecting back on her childhood and growing up sporty
  • Her passion for running
  • Getting into adventure in her lat 20s
  • Wanting to do an ultra marathon
  • Combining running with mountains
  • Not knowing many people in the ultra running world
  • Being inspired by Mimi Anderson
  • Making a change from an office job to a running coach
  • Wanting to run from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG)
  • Getting the full support team together in April 2020
  • Deciding to go for it in 2020
  • Making a list of everything she needed
  • 3 months of planning and preparation 
  • Funding the challenge via sponsorship and crowd funding
  • Having a stress fracture in April 2019
  • Physical training and preparation 
  • Mental preparation
  • Accepting that it was going to be difficult and hurt
  • Being concerned about injury
  • Getting to the start line
  • Managing stress
  • Having to run 70 miles per day
  • Food and nutrition during the run
  • Making sure to eat something every 30 mins
  • Bodily functions - Poo & periods!
  • Why sleeping was so painful
  • Not wanting to get out of the bed in the morning
  • The magical moment on the run (not the finish!)
  • Struggling to run at the end and dealing with injury
  • Lessons learned from the run and why you can do so much more than you think you can
  • Future dreams and ambitions…
  • Running around Great Britain?!
  • Final words of advice to encourage you to take up running
 
Social Media
 
Website https://www.carlamolinaro.com 
 
Instagram @carlamolinaro
 
Strava - https://www.strava.com/athletes/1785161
 
Aug 27, 2020
Lauren is a single mom with a propensity for adventures, travel, and nature. Lauren works as a travel writer and social media influencer who is passionate about inspiring black women to step out of their comfort zones to have experiences in travel and adventure, to use nature as healing and therapy, and to embrace outdoor recreation.
 
Lauren in her own words:
 
I don’t believe we were put on this earth just to exist. We are here to learn as much as we can and leave our imprints as we go. People have always been encouraged and even surprised at the things I’ve been able to expose my son to. Especially, because as a black single mother, exposing my son to things like hiking, snorkeling, and camping are seen as out of the ordinary in our community.
 
I decided that a life this blessed deserved to be shared. If I inspire anyone at all to pursue a dream, to step out of their norm, and to really take time to appreciate the beauty of the world we live in then it will all be worth it. Being the “Outdoorsy” type doesn’t mean you wear cammo or that you’re any less feminine. And being feminine and liking designer purses doesn’t mean you can’t connect with nature, even if you make a fool of yourself in the process. If this girl can get in touch with her outdoorsy side then so can you!
 
Life is about creating moments and I look forward to sharing my moments with all of you. Adventure is a lifestyle!
 
“It’s only the great outdoors….what are you afraid of?” 
 
Listen to Lauren as she shares more on the Tough Girl Podcast. New episodes go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time! 
 
Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out!
 
Show notes
  • Not growing up in the outdoors
  • Her first experience of the outdoors
  • Going to explore waterfalls
  • Making the transition from being a novice in the outdoors
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Meeting people who were outdoorsy
  • Figuring it out for herself
  • Being intentional about adventure
  • Nature as therapy
  • Seeking peace in the outdoors
  • Starting the blog - www.OutdoorsyDiva.com 
  • Being a girly girl
  • Doing adventures with her son
  • Being afraid of the outdoors
  • Car camping…
  • Camping solo
  • Magical moments while travelling
  • Dealing with asthma
  • Tips for travelling solo 
  • Starting the Outdoorsy Diva Podcast
  • Next season of the podcast
  • Bucket list 
  • Final words of advice
 
Social Media
 
Website - www.OutdoorsyDiva.com 
 
Facebook @theoutdoorsydiva
 
Instagram 
@outdoorsydiva 
@blackwomenoutdoors
 
Twitter 
@outdoorsy_diva
 
Aug 25, 2020
Alex in her own words: 
 
I had my first taste of climbing mountains in March 2012 when I made a solo three-week trek in the Nepal Himalayas. The experience was life changing and inspired me to reach even greater heights by setting one of the biggest goals of my life so far – to climb the 7 summits.
 
I tackled the first of the 7 summits on 9 June 2014 as a very proud member of the first team to summit Russia’s Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, from the difficult north side in pre-season.
 
Less than six weeks later, on the 17th of July, I successfully climbed Mont Blanc solo, without a guide, team or support. I summited at 6.45am, reaching the top in just over four hours. 
 
I have also successfully summited Kilimanjaro in September, second of my 7summits. 
 
On the 6th of December 2014, I stood on the top of the highest point of Antarctica, Mt Vinson. 
 
After months of hard training and preparation I summited one of the most difficult one; North America’s highest peak Denali in June 2015. 
 
Continuing my 100% summit success, I climbed Aconcagua in South America on the 2nd of January 2016, the highest mountain in the world outside the Himalayas and stood on the top of Oceania's highest point, Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia on the 19th of March 2017.
 
To keep pushing my boundaries, I successfully climbed the Matterhorn in August 2017 without acclimatisation. After a 6-months focused training I scaled Mt Everest, the highest mountain in the world on the 18th of May 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 www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.
 
Show notes
  • Growing up in Hungary
  • Coming from a sporty family
  • Moving to the UK 14 years ago
  • Building a career in marketing
  • Deciding to make a change in her life
  • Quitting her job in 2012 with no plans
  • Travelling to Nepal
  • Falling in love with the mountains
  • Making the decision to climb the 7 summits
  • Overcoming her fear of heights
  • Heading off to climb Mt. Elbrus 
  • Putting a plan in place to climb the 7 summits
  • Practical steps of making it happen
  • Writing everything down
  • Focusing on safety
  • Working with local guides and companies
  • Funding and paying for the 7 summits
  • Taking out a loan and maxing out credit cards
  • Feeling exhausted from the challenge
  • Reflecting back on the different mountains 
  • Doing more research and asking more questions
  • Surrounding yourself with positive people
  • Feeling ready to take on the mountains
  • Not telling many people at the start
  • Why climbing Mt. Aconcagua was so hard
  • Struggling with injury 2 weeks before the start
  • Turning the negatives into positives
  • Leaving for the summit…
  • Dealing with adventure blues
  • Challenges and adventures after Mt Everest
  • Her passion for mountain biking 
  • Thinking about the next challenge
  • The impact of Covid 
  • Follow along with the adventures
  • Final words of advice and why you should just go for it.
 
Social Media
 
Website http://www.alex7summits.com 
 
Instagram @alex7summits
 
Aug 20, 2020
Fighting Chance is written by Alicia Doyle, an award-winning journalist who discovered boxing at age twenty-eight in the late 1990s when she went on assignment at a boxing gym for at-risk youth called Kid Gloves. 
 
For two years, she simultaneously worked as a newspaper reporter while training and competing as a boxer, making her one of only a few hundred women in America who infiltrated this male-dominated sport. 
 
During her boxing career, she won two Golden Gloves championship titles and earned three wins by knockout – and her pro debut at age thirty in the year 2000 was named The California Female Fight of the Year. Fighting Chance offers an inside look at what’s considered the toughest sport known to man.
 
*Trigger Warning - abuse & domestic violence is mentioned during this episode.
 
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 Alicia
  • Not being sporty growing up
  • Discovering boxing at 28
  • Not respecting boxing 
  • Working as a journalist
  • Breaking up with an abusive partner
  • Learning new skills in boxing
  • Feeling intimidated at the gym
  • Being the only female doing boxing
  • Earning respect
  • Not wanting to step into the ring and fight
  • Women being allowed to box in the Olympics 2012
  • Being a pioneer in the sport
  • Fighting for equality
  • Being changed from the inside out
  • How boxing changed other areas of her life
  • Being terrified and scared
  • Managing fear
  • Being in the moment
  • Being brutally honest and facing pain
  • Managing emotions 
  • The power of visualisation 
  • Training while working a full time job
  • The benefits of skipping
  • Moving from amateur to pro boxing
  • How boxing has changed over the past 30 years
  • The support and encouragement from men
  • Deciding to write the book 
  • Being afraid of being vulnerable
  • Wanting to help other women by sharing her story 
  • Why you should give boxing ago
  • The stronger your body - the stronger your mind
  • Building confidence through your body
  • The movie!
  • Who will play Alicia in the movie?
 
Social Media
 
Website https://aliciadoyle.com 
 
Instagram @disasterdivaboxer
 
Facebook @fightingchanceauthor
 
Twitter @aliciakdoyle
 
Aug 18, 2020
Lipa was formally a semi-professional footballer and now she's a grassroots coach and sports activist. Lipa's passion for football is constantly growing and led her to coin her catchphrase “I’m going to change the world with a hijab on my head and a ball at my feet.” 
 
Lipa wants to be the change, and will continue to challenge herself and engage with minority communities; by doing so her catchphrase will become a reality.
 
Lipa is a co-founder of the podcast called ‘I Think She’s Offside’ where she and co-host Fadumo Olow talk about all things woman’s sports. The podcast aims to stay connected to the local community, discussing The FA’s Women Super League with some BPL. Lipa and Fadumo came up with the podcast to give underrepresented individuals a voice.
 
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
  • What Lipa does
  • Here passions for sports
  • Playing semi-professional sports
  • Being a little feminist 
  • Having a supportive family
  • Challenging the PE teachers to make sure she could play football
  • Being encouraged to do a trial for a local football team
  • Becoming part of a team
  • Training 3x a week
  • Progressing to the first team
  • Gaining new confidence
  • Making decisions boldly
  • Starting to hate football
  • Deciding to go to university and choosing her course..
  • "I’m going to change the world with a hijab on my head, and a ball at my feet.”
  • Striving for more
  • The lack of women across all levels of sport
  • Being pushed beyond her comfort zone
  • Supportive men
  • Feeling fed up about the lack of change
  • Becoming a coach 
  • The challenging of working with children
  • Getting more girls involved in football from a young age
  • Starting 'I Think She's Offside' Podcast
  • Making change happen
  • Being proactive
  • Being self employed while doing a rebrand for the podcast
  • Being an Ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust
  • Being at the Women’s World Cup in France 2019
  • Final words of advice for you
 
 
Social Media
 
Instagram 
 
@lipa_nessa
@sheisoffside
 
Twitter 
 
@Lipsy_28
@sheisoffside
 
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 www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.
 
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
 
Website http://www.girlsfightback.com 
 
Facebook @girlsfightback
 
Instagram
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)
 
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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)
 
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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 www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.
 
 
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 - https://uk.pinterest.com/Tough101/ 
✩ Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/ToughGirlPodcast?ty=h

 

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, www.birdgirl.com 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 - http://www.birdgirluk.com
 
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 
 
Website https://www.saraykhumalo.com 
 
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 - https://thehillwalkinghijabi.wordpress.com
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 - https://www.karendarke.com 
 
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 - https://lungisails.wordpress.com
 
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 - https://nikkilove.co.uk 
 
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 - https://www.adventureuntamed.com 
 
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 - https://www.seleneyeager.com 
 
Instagram @FitChick3
 
Facebook @FitChickSeleneYeager
 
Twitter @FitChick3
Jul 9, 2020
Paula is an adventurer, speaker and author, but, most of all, she’s a trier. For thirty years Paula suffered crippling anxiety, panic attacks and depression that would eventually rob her of even the most basic freedoms. After decades of medication and intervention, adventure became Paula’s personal therapy in 2012, when she became Paula Must Try Harder, trying the 17 Commonwealth sports, facing her fears head on and fighting her way back into the world. 
 
Ever since, Paula has terrified herself daily in the name of recovery, and now spends all that nervous energy writing and speaking about the importance of allowing a little fear into each day. From flying a plane and wing-walking to becoming a triathlete when she couldn’t actually swim, Paula’s adventures demonstrate that even the most ordinary person can do extraordinary things when they give that little bit extra.
 
Paula is currently trying something new every day in 2020. 
 
Take a listen to Paula on the Tough Girl Podcast Extra!
 
Show notes
  • Who is Paula
  • What she had done
  • Dream Jobs Challenge
  • Becoming an everyday adventurer 
  • Being terrified of failure 
  • Walking away from the Big Mad Swim around Great Britain 
  • Dealing with post adventure blues
  • The Year of Fear
  • Becoming a different person
  • The process of dealing with loss
  • TedX Talks
  • Writing a list of all her fears
  • Having a support team 
  • Adventure as a full time job
  • Writing her second book
  • Trying something new everyday 
  • The start of 2020
  • Starting with a beach clean
  • Trying to fit in the adventures/challenges around everyday life
  • Feeling exhausted in the first two weeks
  • Having a purpose
  • Dealing with Covid 
  • Knowing her trigger points and keeping herself well
  • Therapist?
  • Getting use to the new ‘normal’
  • Quick Fire Questions
 
Social Media
 
Website http://www.paulamusttryharder.co.uk 
 
Facebook @pmusttryharder 
 
Instagram @pmusttryharder
 
Twitter @pmusttryharder
 
Youtube  @paulamusttryharder
 
Jul 7, 2020
Sabrina a 42 year young mum of 4 and grandmother of 2, comes on the Tough Girl Podcast to share more about her early life, dealing with racism from a young age, suffering from anxiety and post natal depression after her first child at 18.
 
Sabrina, shares more about her reasons for wanting to take on the Marathon des Sables, a challenging 250km, multi-day ultra race across the Sahara desert. 
 
Sabrina goes into detail about planning and preparation, making the commitment to the race, dealing with anxiety during training and takes us back to the emotional moment of crossing the finish line and achieving her goal. 
 
Sabrina also shares more on the challenges of being a mixed race woman, racialized as Black, living in a rural community and why diversifying the outdoors, and specifically the ultra running community, is so important.
 
Show notes
  • Who is Sabrina
  • Growing up in Stroud
  • Not growing up sporty
  • Putting on 4 stone while pregnant
  • Getting into the gym after her first child
  • Suffering with post natal depression 
  • How exercise helped
  • Depression and anxiety 
  • Her goal to help 1 Million people to use their anxiety to accomplish
  • Discovering the Marathon des Sables
  • Creating a 10 step program for herself to help achieve a life changing goal 
  • Celebrating her 40th birthday!!
  • Becoming very focused on her goal
  • Developing personal strategies to help manage her anxiety
  • The power of research 
  • Being coached by Elisabet Barnes (Winner of MDS 2015 & 2017)
  • Getting focused and immersed in what you want to do
  • Committing to the challenge & paying money
  • Having a good support network in place
  • Choosing who is part of the inner circle
  • Anxiety and mental resilience 
  • Feeling uncomfortable in her own skin
  • Training to run in sand
  • What finishing the race was like
  • Adventure blues
  • The importance of having focus
  • Rural racism and Black lives matter
  • Diversifying the outdoors
 
Social Media
 
Instagram @sabrunsmiles
Jul 2, 2020
We have been following Jessica (Trail name - Dixie) since 2016 when we first spoke with her about her thru hike of the Appalachian Trial, we then caught up with Jessica in Feb 2019, when she shared more about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. 
 
During this episode, Jessica shares more about her most recent challenge - walking 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago, which is also known as the French Way. The journey begins at Saint Jean Pied de Port, in France, and goes through four of Spain's 15 regions, ending at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
 
Jessica shares more about her experiences of this walk, what she wanted to learn and what made it such a special journey. She also shares more about future challenges, and provides top tips and advice for your next hike!
 
You can listen to Jessica/Dixie on the Tough Girl Podcast and watch her vlogs on the Homemade Wanderlust Channel.
 
Show notes
  • Who is Jessica
  • How she got into hiking
  • Her passion for hiking 
  • Wanting to travel abroad to hike
  • Thinking about the Camino
  • Hiking with her sister - Montana
  • Getting her first passport at 30
  • Planning to head over to Europe
  • Preparation for the trip
  • Not wanting to over research
  • Not booking a return flight
  • The Wine Fountain!
  • Taking the time to think
  • The culture shock of Paris
  • Getting homesick
  • Ketchup!!
  • Comparing thru hikes in America to the Camino
  • Hiking Vs a pilgrimage
  • Appreciating home more
  • Stepping outside her comfort zone
  • Heading over to New Zealand in October…
  • Homemade Wanderlust Youtube Channel
  • Reaching Santiago!
  • Heading to “the end of the world!”
  • Heading off to Italy after the walk
  • Quick Fire Questions
  • Final words of advice 
 
Social Media
 
Website - https://homemadewanderlust.com 
 
Facebook @homemadewanderlust
 
Instagram @homemadewanderlust
 
Youtube - Homemade Wanderlust
Jun 30, 2020
Sally Gunnell is an Olympian who won Olympic gold in the 1992 400-meter hurdles and took gold at the 1993 World Championships in the 400-meter hurdles.
 
Sally is the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth! Since retiring from international athletics, Sally has gone onto become a  television presenter, keynote speaker and wellbeing advocate.
 
Sally shares more about her early years, her passion for running, how she has overcome setbacks and the ebb and flow of motivation. We talk about wellness, meditation, nutrition, daily routines and why confidence is everything!
 
Listen to Sally on the Tough Girl Podcast!
 
Show notes
  • How Sally would introduce herself
  • Learning more about her childhood
  • Getting into running 12 years old
  • Joining Essex Ladies
  • Being inspired by the Olympics at 14 years old
  • Being inspired by female role models
  • Why it was about the journey
  • Training for the 1992 Olympics
  • What training looked like
  • The ebb and flow of motivation and maintaining it
  • Why confidence is everything in the world of sport
  • Dealing with setbacks and self doubt 
  • The mental side of training 
  • The power of the mind
  • Having to put the work in 
  • The Olympic Race for gold in 1992
  • The gold medal!
  • The sacrifice involved to achieve olympic gold
  • The transition moving on from being a professional athlete
  • How much exercise plays a part of her life now
  • Dealing with the menopause 
  • Running the London Marathon in 2006 after her 3rd baby
  • Sports Day Challenges!
  • Tips for wellbeing
  • What happiness is for Sally
  • Meditation
  • Food & Nutrition 
  • Quick Fire Questions
  • Sally’s Run Club
  • Final words of advice 
 
Social Media
 
Website https://www.sallygunnell.com 
 
Facebook @sally.gunnellobe
 
Instagram @sallygunnell
 
Twitter @SallyGunnell
 
Sally’s Run Club
Jun 25, 2020
Elisabet is a Swedish ultra running athlete, who is also a two time winner of the toughest footrace on the planet - the Marathon des Sables - which she won in 2015 and 2017. 
 
We first spoke with Elisabet for the Tough Girl Podcast in 2015 when she shared more about her earlier life, working as a management consultant, how she got into running and what it was like winning her first big race. 
 
A lot has changed in the 5 years since we last spoke; Elisabet has remarried, sold her old running business and is now living in Norway and studying sex & relationship therapy. While still coaching her running clients. 
 
During this episode, we find out what’s been going on! We talk about dealing with pressure, going through a divorce, meeting a new man, leaving the UK to move to Norway. Plus changing her diet to plant based, and why she is wanting to transition out of competitive running. 
 
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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 - https://elisabetbarnes.com 
 
Facebook @elisabetbarnes
 
Instagram @elisabetbarnes
 
Twitter @elisabet_barnes
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