Tough Girl Podcast

The Tough Girl Podcast is all about inspiring and motivating YOU! I will be interviewing inspirational women from around the world, who’ve faced and overcome difficult challenges and situations, they will share their story, their knowledge and provide advice and essential tips for you to overcome your own personal challenges. Please check out the Tough Girl Challenges website - and follow on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL
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Jun 18, 2020
Alex, 36, is a multi-discipline adventurer, since 2015 she has hiked over 9,400 miles across America and New Zealand on the Pacific Crest, Appalachian and Te Araroa Trails. Alex has cycled around 4,000 miles across Australia and Indonesia, she’s also climbed up to 6,500m on Mera Peak in the Himalayas and has rowed across the English Channel. 
During this podcast Alex shares more about her most recent adventure rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. She talks about the preparation, the challenges, dealing with sea sickness and adventure blues and what she hopes to achieve in the future. 
As always Alex gives lots of practical advice and tips to help you achieve your dreams and goals.
Listen to Alex on the Tough Girl Podcast!
Show notes
  • Who is Alex
  • What adventures and challenges she's done
  • Getting the idea for rowing an ocean in 2016
  • Team mate wanted on explorers connect 
  • Dealing with doubt - can I do this….
  • Why the timing the first time wasn’t right
  • Rowing the Atlantic as a training row..
  • Signing up for 2 rows!
  • Partnering with Oxford Brooks University to continue the research 
  • Getting a taste for Ocean Rowing by rowing the English Channel
  • Dealing with injury and sea sickness…
  • Funding the rows
  • Getting sponsorship
  • Qualification and skills needed on an independent row
  • Starting rowing on the 5th January 2020
  • Final weeks of preparation
  • Starting from Lanzarote
  • Being on the Ocean!
  • The power of team work to get the boat ready
  • The realities of life on the boat
  • Being ill for the first 2 weeks with sea sickness
  • Rowing 2hrs on 2hrs off
  • Pooing and periods on the boat
  • Moving from a 4 person crew to a 3 person crew
  • The memories and moments which stand out
  • Not believing it’s been achieved
  • Dealing with adventure blues, Covid and planning for the next row
  • Changes to future plans
  • adjusting to a new normal
  • Getting a part time job with Tesco
  • Working with Jo Bradshaw 
  • Final words of advice   
Social Media
Instagram @masonalexandra
Facebook @alexmasonadventurer
Youtube @AlexMason
Rowing - Monkey Fist Adventures - Mixed crew rowing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in 2020 as team Brain Waves. Supporting research into Parkinson’s Disease and PTSD
Website - 
Instagram @_monkeyfist
Facebook @monkeyfistadventuresltd
Twitter @_monkeyfist
Jun 16, 2020
Danielle in her own words…
“I've always had big dreams for my future. Even though I didn't always have a clear idea of what that success would look like, I knew that whatever vocation I eventually settled into I was going to be good at it. Failure was not an option.
My plans came crashing to a halt when I was struck down with a disability as a teenager that severely effected my mobility. I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a rare and very painful condition in my feet. At a stage in your life when you're figuring out who you are and what you want to do with your life, this was a challenging but I came to realise that whilst you can't control what happens to you, you can control your response to it.
Determined to live life on my terms, I looked around for a sport that didn't involve lots of running around or walking and took up archery on my 15th birthday. This was the first step on a journey that saw me rise to Paralympic glory, dominating my field for over eight years. During this time, I also proved doctors wrong by successfully juggling a law degree and achieving first class honours.
Three years after taking up the sport, I stepped straight into the international circuit as World Number 1 and had soon accumulated a number of titles, including that of Paralympic Champion in Beijing 2008. Always striving to improve, I transitioned onto the able-bodied team. In 2010 I became the first Para athlete to represent England in an able-bodied discipline where I won the gold medal in the team event. London 2012 was the tournament I was most excited about and I worked incredibly hard, committed to retain my Paralympic title in such a prestigious setting. The proudest moment of my life was receiving my gold medal in front of that home crowd at London. The support of the entire country was overwhelming, but it was also the first time that my family and friends had ever seen me compete internationally and this made standing on the podium a very special moment.
Archery was such a big part of my life and I was fully committed to making the team for Rio and trying for my third gold medal, but life has a way of throwing up setbacks when you least expect it. In 2013 I learned that I had failed to classify under the new rules and that I could no longer compete at Paralympic events. I started archery because I was fed up of all the limitations imposed on my life and archery helped a disillusioned teenager come to terms with having a disability. In one moment everything I had worked so hard for was gone, just because I didn’t tick a box. 
I wanted to discover what it took to be the best in the world, and I got there because I always believed I would. Now I am moving onto other exciting projects and challenges, where I am determined to be as much of a success as I have been in my sport. This time I get to help others achieve their ambitions and goals through my work as a speaker, trainer and coach.”
Listen to Danielle as she shares more on the Tough Girl Podcast.
Show notes
  • Who is Danielle?
  • What life was like growing up
  • Having issues as a teenager
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Dealing with pain
  • Why role models are so important
  • Lack of role models in the media
  • The struggle of not knowing 
  • Being desperate to get back into sports
  • Archery!
  • Progressing quickly in her sport
  • Performing better under pressure
  • Dealing with setbacks in international competition
  • Needing to rethink her mindset
  • The link between confidence and pressure
  • How Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics changed her life
  • Having a mental meltdown and dealing with it
  • “What if I’m not good enough”
  • The power of other people’s belief
  • Going to university to study law
  • The transition to the able bodied team
  • Getting the training right and figuring out a routine
  • Dealing with pain all the time
  • The London 2012 Para Olympics
  • Coming down to the last arrow…. in an all GB Final…
  • Working with Sports Psychologists and coaches
  • Training in NLP
  • Changes in classification rules
  • Deciding to start her own company
  • Making the next decision in her career
  • Following her passions and translating that into a career
  • Why inclusion matters
  • Not wanting to offend people
  • How to have difficult conversations
  • Writing her first book —>>Be Your Best Self
  • Final words of advice 
Social Media
Instagram @daniellebrownmbe
Facebook @daniellebrownmbe
Twitter @Danibrownmbe
Be Your Best Self
Jun 11, 2020
Nicky first came on the Tough Girl Podcast in 2018 where she shared more about her early running career and completing the Double Ramsay Round and becoming the fastest women to do so!
Nicky held the women's records for all three Rounds simultaneously until 2016, and is the holder of the overall record for the double Bob Graham Round and the only person ever to complete doubles of the other two Rounds.
Nicky is passionate about running and during this episodes she shares more about her training and preparation, running the perfect race, as well as touching on nutrition, dealing with mind games and participating in the Barkley Marathon in 2019.
Find out more about Nicky from our first interview - 
Show notes
  • About Nicky
  • Her passion for running
  • Ultra Tour Monta Rosa 2018
  • When a race goes to plan
  • Deciding to go faster at the half way point
  • Eating while running
  • Not trying new foods anymore!
  • Using gels
  • Using poles on climbs
  • Planning for the perfect race
  • The Barkley Marathon 2019
  • The hoops you have to jump through to enter the race
  • The mind games….
  • The preparation for the Barkley
  • Doing research on the race
  • Keeping everything the same 
  • Not knowing what time the race would start
  • Not being able to switch your mind off
  • Not knowing what time it is day or night
  • No Spot trackers!
  • Why you are racing the clock and not other people
  • Taking us back to the start line
  • Making the decision to drop out of the race
  • Reflecting back on the race
  • Dealing with brain fog and when your brain isn’t working
  • Planning to do the Barkley again 
  • Writing an essay…
  • Doing the Double Paddy Buckley Round 2019 
  • Running with other people
  • Advice for doing the Double Paddy
  • Quick Fire Questions
Social Media
Twitter @NickySpinks
Instagram @NickySpinks
Watch Last Woman Standing - Barkley Marathon 2019 

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Facebook @INOV8run

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

Facebook: @accidentalultrarunner

Instagram: @carolinbotterill

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


Social Media

Website :  

Twitter: @aliceoutthere1

Instagram: @aliceoutthere1

Facebook: @AliceHunterMorrisonAdventures 

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


Apr 16, 2020
Phoebe Smith is an adventurer, presenter, broadcaster, author, editor, photographer, speaker and filmmaker.
By day she is award-winning travel writer, broadcaster and presenter, host of the Wander Woman Podcast, Sleep Storyteller-in-Residence at and contributing editor for Wanderlust Travel Magazine. By night she’s an extreme sleeping outdoors adventurer who thrives on heading to the wildest locations she can find to sleep in the strangest places she can seek out.
She was the first person to sleep at all the extreme points of mainland Britain – including the centremost point – which she did solo, on consecutive nights in 2014. In December 2017 she gave up her Christmas to complete the self-devised Sleep the Three Peaks challenge – in which she overnighted on the summits of the highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland - successfully raising over £8,000 and awareness for Centrepoint (the young people's homeless charity) ending on Christmas morning on the summit of Ben Nevis. In 2018 she gave up Christmas again to walk the Hadrian Hundred for Homeless dressed as Wander Woman.
In 2020 she will embark on a world first in Antarctica with her teammate Dwayne Fields, in a bid to raise awareness about climate change and how it effects the wildlife who call the place home, and as part of a bigger project to take a group of underprivileged young people to the White Continent in 2021 with her #WeTwo Foundation (LINK
She is the author of 10 books including the bestselling Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper,Wilderness Weekends: Wild Adventures in Britain's Rugged Corners, The Wilderness Cookbook and the Travel Writer’s Field Guide.
Show notes
  • Who is Phoebe
  • Extreme Sleeping
  • Getting more involved in charity work
  • Deciding to sleep the 3 peaks
  • What was involved and the challenges involved
  • Deciding to sleep off 10 UK Landmarks
  • Walking the width of Britain dressed as WanderWoman
  • The WE TWO Foundation 
  • What it was like on Snowdonia in winter
  • Being in a cloud inversion
  • Dealing with gale force winds 
  • Her motivations
  • Sleeping better outdoors 
  • Sleep stories for an app called 
  • The process behind sleep stories 
  • Becoming a slow traveller
  • Portaledges…
  • Sleeping in a harness
  • How to poo and pee from the tent
  • Using a pee bowl…
  • The Night Vision Challenge in 2019 
  • What Three Words 
  • Not having any kayaking experience 
  • We Two Foundation
  • The challenges of talking about gender and race with companies
  • Having to change the goal due to lack of funding
  • Doing the challenge in the UK - Seabirds to South
  • Planting seeds for the next generation
  • The challenges of the UK weather and dealing with the rain…
  • Human kindness seen on the trip
  • Maintaining moral during the tough times
  • The Wander Woman Podcast 
  • Wanting to go to Easter Island in Chile
  • Katherine Routledge who helped us understand the origins of the Easter Island moai.
  • Getting mad and getting even by telling women’s stories
  • Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you
Social Media
Instagram @phoebersmith
Twitter @PhoebeRSmit 
Apr 14, 2020
Miriam Lancewood was born in a loving home in a small village in the Netherlands in 1983. After completing her university degree, she worked for a year in Zimbabwe, and then traveled to India. And in India she met her now husband Peter Raine.
Peter had resigned from his job as university lecturer in New Zealand and had moved to India to live like a ‘modern nomad’. He had lived five years in India when they met.
Together they hiked over eight mountains ranges in the Himalayas, journeyed for years through South East Asia, including Papua New Guinea, and eventually they ended up in Peter’s home country: New Zealand.
Miriam worked for a while as a teacher, then they decided to give up all their worldly belongings and move into the mountains with a tent and bow and arrow.
They wanted to learn how to hunt and survive in the wilderness, and they wanted to find out what happens to the mind and body, when living in the beauty of the wildest nature on earth.
Show notes
-   Growing up in Holland
  • Wanting to be a sports teacher
  • Heading off travelling at 21 years old
  • Meeting her husband Peter and travelling together
  • Climbing 8 mountain ranges in the Himalayas 
  • Deciding to live in the wilderness
  • Making it to New Zealand and having to work as a teacher for a year
  • Tramping in the mountains
  • Deciding to spend a year in the mountains
  • How to afford to live
  • What it was like living in the wilderness
  • Learning how to hunt…
  • Deciding to catch possums
  • Not knowing what to do
  • Learning the art of doing nothing
  • Walking the Te Araroa Trail, 3,000km from the North to the South
  • Keeping clean and healthy
  • Dealing with periods
  • Keeping in contact with friends and family 
  • Not taking anything for granted
  • Her relationship with Peter
  • Deciding to write a book about her life
  • Having to find a house 
  • Stress and anxiety in the wilderness
  • Thinking short term to not get overwhelmed
  • Lessons learned from living in the wilderness
  • Walking the Lycian Way in Turkey
  • Second book on it’s way with plans to release it in October 2020
  • Plans for the future
  • Attending writers festivals around the world
  • Learning how to cook and skin the animals
  • The roles in the relationship
  • Why you should read the book and how it will inspire you
  • Not understanding social media
  • Final words of advice
  • The power of sleeping
Social Media
Website - 

Apr 9, 2020
In 2019 Mollie set off on her most ambitious expedition to date, skiing solo from the coast of Antarctica to the Geographic South Pole.
29-year-old adventurer and motivational speaker, who was born in Devon and lives in Edinburgh, started her world record attempt at 1.40 pm (Chilean time / 4.40 pm UK time) on Wednesday 13 November. 
After 58.5 days and 650 hours of skiing alone in whiteouts, storm-force winds and temperatures hitting minus 45C, Mollie reached the Geographic South Pole on the 10th January 2020 at 8.50 am (Chilean time / 11.50 am UK time) – achieving her second world record by becoming the youngest woman in the world to ski solo from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.
Listen to Mollie as she shares more about her polar challenge, discussing sponsorship, learning how to ski, coping in a whiteout, and the power of positive affirmations. 
Show notes
  • What Mollie has done before
  • Her desire to go to Antarctica 
  • The starting point with the plan
  • Figuring out the sponsorship 
  • Creating a “war room” - in the living room
  • Being a visual learner
  • Being £15k short before the start of the trip
  • Getting the final sponsor on board
  • Learning how to cross country ski
  • Training in Norway
  • Learning how to cope being solo
  • Her fears and concerns before the trip
  • Feeling happy and excited 
  • Having a degree in psychology 
  • The importance of having a routine
  • Flying over to Chile
  • Taking advantage of the small weather window
  • The first couple of days on the ice
  • Entering an horrendous weather front for 2 weeks!
  • Letting her emotions out
  • What it’s like skiing in a whiteout
  • Getting into the rhythm of skiing big miles every day
  • Not being able to get the negative thoughts out of her head
  • The power of positive affirmations
  • Figuring out priorities and making better decisions
  • Supported or unsupported
  • Mini challenge for the tribe
  • Breaking the record
  • The lessons learned 
  • Heading home and returning to normal
  • Quick Fire Questions
  • The power of getting started
Apr 7, 2020

Alyssa is the youngest Australian to Summit Mt Everest which she did at 19 years old on the 21st May 2016. Alyssa is also the youngest woman to Summit Mt Everest from both the North and South sides after successfully reaching the summit of Mt Everest from the North Side (Tibet) on the 19th May 2018 at just 21 years old.

 Alyssa began trekking in 2005 with her first challenge, crossing the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. Alyssa then trekked in Nepal, completed treks such as Everest Base Camp and Kokoda numerous times, Mt Kosciuszko in Australia, the Aussie 10 (the 10 highest peaks in Australia), Mt Kilimanjaro.

After completing Mt Kilimanjaro in 2011, Alyssa began climbing by doing a mountaineering course in NZ. Since then she has climbed in South America, Russia and Nepal on various expeditions to different peaks including: Ama Dablam, Aconcagua, Manaslu, Elbrus and four Everest Expeditions.

Alyssa was on Everest both in 2014 and 2015 when the Avalanche and the Nepal Earthquake occurred and closed the mountain. She returned in 2016 to make her first successful summit of Mt Everest.

After taking one year off Everest Season in 2017 she decided to go back in 2018 and make her successful north side attempt via Tibet.

Show notes

  • Who is Alyssa
  • Her relationship with her family
  • Finding her passion
  • People not understanding her goals
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro at 14
  • Deciding to go and climb Mt Everest
  • Struggling in school socially and feeling like an outcast
  • Setting the goal 
  • The lack of female role models growing up
  • Being surrounded by like minded individuals
  • Her 5 year journey to the summit of Mount Everest
  • Doing a climbing course in New Zealand
  • Working with a coach to get physically fit
  • Having mentors 
  • Putting her training to the test and making sure progress was being made
  • Doing a climbing expedition to the Andes in South America
  • Trekking into Everest Base Camp
  • The challenges in 2014 and 2015 at Everest
  • Trying to decide what to do next?
  • Going for her 3rd attempt in 2016
  • Dealing with her emotions
  • Perfect Performance Line
  • Keeping focused while dealing with set backs
  • Paying for the adventure
  • The team dynamics on Everest
  • Caring what other people thought
  • Why the goal to climb Everest was the most important thing
  • What summit night was like
  • 20 mins at the top!
  • The biggest challenge of climbing Everest
  • Life after Everest….
  • Going to uni to study Psychology 
  • Goals and dreams for the future
  • Final words of advice to help you achieve your dreams

Social Media

Website -

Instagram - @alyssaazar 

Facebook - @AlyssaAzarAdventurer  


Apr 2, 2020
Anna McNuff is an adventurer, speaker, author and mischief maker. Named by The Guardian as one of the top female adventurers of our time, Condé Nast Traveller included her in a list of the 50 most influential travellers in the world. She is also the UK ambassador for Girl Guiding.
Anna’s major journeys include cycling a beautiful pink bicycle through each and every state of the USA, running the length of New Zealand, and exploring the peaks and passes of The Andes mountains – a journey in which she ascended the equivalent to eleven times the height of Everest on a bicycle.
In the summer of 2019, she set off on her most ambitious adventure yet – a 2,300+ mile (90 marathon) run through Britain… in her bare feet. Starting in the Shetland Islands and ending five months later in London, she weaved her way along rugged coastlines, through small villages, across moors, along beaches, over farmland and even pitter pattered down the odd picturesque A-road too. All the way along, she gave talks to the young women of Britain about taking on challenges of their own.
Much closer to home, Anna has also spent a month cycling across Europe directed entirely by social media, run the length of Hadrian’s wall dressed as a Roman Soldier, and the length of the Jurassic Coast, dressed as a dinosaur. As you do.
She can often be found writing in a local café in her home city of Gloucester, and will never turn down a slice of lemon meringue pie.
Show notes
  • What Anna enjoys doing
  • Why she loves doing big challenges
  • The Barefoot Britain Challenge 2019
  • How 50 barefoot marathons turned into 100…
  • Building awareness for the Girl Guiding
  • Preparing her feet for the run
  • Running the London Marathon April 2019 - 26.2 miles 
  • Dealing with other people’s opinions about you
  • Why you know what you are capable off
  • Asking for help…
  • Starting the challenge in the Shetland Islands
  • Having a kit bag called “Barry Buttercup”
  • Dealing with the logistics and how challenging it was
  • Making it 1000 miles….
  • Getting a small cut in her foot
  • Homeless?
  • Looking for a Doctor who could help!
  • Being off her feet for 2 weeks
  • Getting running coaching to help minimise injury
  • The Running Lab - London
  • Dealing with injury
  • Trigger Point Therapy 
  • Sadness
  • Defaulting to happiness
  • Pink hair and maintaining it!!!
  • Making sacrifices?
  • Choosing happiness 
  • Managing a relationship while doing adventure
  • Trying to have babies!!
  • Let’s talk about periods and moon cups
  • Finishing Barefoot Britain in London and moving the finish date
  • Running multiple marathons on running tracks around London
  • Book update!
  • Llama Drama…. coming out in July!
  • New Kids book - 100 Adventures to Have Before You Grow Up
  • Advice for self publishing your own books
  • The Creative Pen Podcast
  • Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you.
Social Media
Instagram @annamcnuff 
Facebook @AMcNuff 
Twitter @AnnaMcNuff 

Mar 31, 2020
Catherine Wallis is a 43 year old, mother of 3 who is a plus-size adventurer. 
In her later 30s after realising she leads a very boring life, Cathy wanted to make some changes. She signed up for her first 100k ultra and has been doing challenges and adventures ever since. 
Along the way Cathy has shared more of her journey via instagram (@plus_size_adventurer) and in the process has been inspiring other women to get out and see the world – regardless of their body type.
In March 2019 Cath took part in the Rat Race Adventure Sports Mongol 100, a 100 mile long, four-day challenge across a frozen lake in northern Mongolia, in which temperatures plunged to minus -25 degrees celsius. 
Cathy has also completed numerous other adventures from the; The Canberra 100, The Big Red Run, The Oman Desert MarathonHellespont Race (swimming from Europe to Asia) and Race to the Wreck in Nambia! 
During this episode Cathy shares more about her life and the different challenges she has undertaken, she shares what she has learned and gives you advice and top tips on how you can get more adventure in your life. 
Show notes
  • Leading a boring life and wanting to make a change
  • Growing up in the 1980s
  • Realising that she needed to make a change
  • The first step to making a change
  • 100km hike in a loop
  • Starting off by making some little changes
  • Being completely underprepared for the 100K walk
  • The key lesson from this experience 
  • Starting to do 1 big event per year
  • Doing The Big Red Run
  • “How hard could it be?”
  • Training for endurance walking 
  • Noticing improvements in your life
  • The first multi stage endurance race
  • Meeting the supportive ultra running community
  • Finding day 3 to be the hardest
  • Changing her mental mindset during a race
  • “How lucky I am I to be here on my own two feet”
  • Starting to share more of her journey on social media
  • Training to run across a frozen lake in Mongolia!
  • Dealing with extreme cold
  • Being able to adapt to different challenges
  • Confidence 
  • Deciding to swim from Europe to Asia!
  • Challenges in 2019 and plans for 2020
  • Rest and recovery and dealing with post adventure blues
  • Doing a multi stage running event with her 12 year old daughter in Kenya
  • Testing out a new challenge in Russia
  • Final words of advice 
Social Media
Website - 
Instagram @plus_size_adventurer  
Facebook @plussizeadventurer 
Mar 26, 2020
We first spoke with Wendy for the Tough Girl Podcast in August 2019, when she shared more about her life and dreams of skiing to the South Pole. 
In January 2020, Wendy completed that goal! 
Wendy became the 7th woman in the world to ski solo and unsupported, she was the 4th fastest and completed the challenge in 42 days, 16hrs, and 23mins, she took no rest days, had no showers, and skied 720 miles in total. 
The condition were brutal and hard, with temperatures dropping to -35. This was a journey 5 years in the making and shows what hard work, commitment and focus can achieve. 
Listen to Wendy on the Tough Girl Podcast Extra as she shares more about this extraordinary challenge. 
Show notes
  • Wendy introduces herself
  • 5 years of her life
  • Paying the final bill in USD
  • The final 2 weeks before the trip
  • Getting Christmas all sorted in October
  • Getting the plane over to Antarctica 
  • Getting to the start line
  • Going after the speed record
  • Women supporting women
  • 86kg of sled weight
  • The focus you need to have every single day
  • The routines and the consistent while out on the ice
  • Dealing with a snowstorm on day 3
  • Meeting Mollie Hughes on the ice!
  • The mental challenge of the expedition
  • Not wanting to get out of the tent in the morning
  • Dealing with the isolation in such an extreme environment
  • Feeling all the support from home
  • Missing her children
  • Counting down the days
  • Doing a power pose to the sun every morning
  • Realising that the record wouldn’t be broken
  • Giving everything, every single day
  • Seeing the South Pole for the first time
  • Listening to audio books
  • Skiing into the South Pole 
  • Getting home
  • knowing that she has changed from the experience
  • Overcoming self doubt
  • The joy of sitting in a chair
  • Working on the legacy of the expedition
  • Not being a big completed finisher
  • Quick Fire Questions
Social Media
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Instagram @betweensnowandsky
Twitter  @betweensnowsky
Mar 24, 2020
Melanie Vogel - Explorer, thru-hiking Canada’s Great Trail, 24,000km from the Atlantic Ocean, to the Arctic Ocean and then on to the Pacific Ocean.
Melanie, ‘Mel’ is coming up to her 3rd Year on The Great Trail in Canada.  
Mel 44, started her journey on June 2, 2017. She began in Cape Spear on the Avalon Peninsula near St. John’s, Newfoundland, the most Eastern point of the country, and will finish at Mile Zero in Victoria, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia—after going via the Arctic Ocean. Initially she started walking with a backpack, but she has now changed over to a cart which she pulls behind her. Mel has also gained a new furry companion on the trail, Malo her dog. 
Mel spent 11 months preparing for the trail; researching, saving money, getting her gear figured out and sorting out logistics. 
During this podcast Mel shares more about her early years, her passion for travel and why doing this journey was so important. She shares more about the challenges and frustrations as well as the joy and kindness of strangers. Mel will be the first women to complete the trail when she finishes. 
Show notes
  • Living and growing up in Germany
  • Deciding to move to Vancouver in Canada
  • Taking 2.5 years to go low budget travelling around South East Asia
  • Not wanting to come home
  • How her live had changed after travelling
  • Embracing a minimalist lifestyle
  • Feeling stuck and depressed
  • When she started to think about the Great Trail
  • Deciding to move to Toronto
  • Feeling fragile and lonely 
  • Making the decision in July 2016
  • Planning and preparing for the trip
  • Doing it all alone
  • Failing to get sponsorship at the start
  • How everything just fell into place
  • Being told she was crazy
  • Feeling insecure about the trip
  • Gaining new knowledge to take on this challenge
  • Having to constantly defend her decision to walk The Great Trail
  • Dealing with her own fears and doubts
  • Gaining new skills and gaining confidence
  • Human interactions on the trail
  • Funding the challenge
  • The physicality of the challenge
  • Carrying a pack or pulling a cart
  • Dealing with the extreme cold temperatures
  • Going for more comfort
  • Having a dog and the new challenges that came along
  • Needing a hug on the trail
  • Planning on going to the Arctic Ocean
  • Having many end dates on this journey 
  • Blogging while on the trail
  • Advice for other women on how to take on their own personal challenge
  • Learning patience 

Social Media

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Twitter - @BetweenSunsets 

Instagram - @betweensunsets 

Mar 19, 2020

Sarah decided to tackle the Murray River in her home country of Australia, less than eight months after completing the Nile expedition.  

While there weren’t any hippos and crocs to deal, it wasn’t without its risks. There were snakes (and of course being Australian they were deadly), extreme weather conditions, sections with little water thanks to the drought and plenty more challenges to deal with. 

In 60 days Sarah covered 2,500km. 

The first four days were trekking to the source with a small team and then sticking within a stone’s throw until it was time to get in her kayak. 

For the next 56 days Sarah was solo. 

On 13th February 2020 Sarah reached the Southern Ocean and the end of the Murray River. It was another expedition that tested her mentally as much as physically. 

Listen to Sarah as she shares more about this challenge on the Tough Girl Podcast EXTRA!

Show notes

  • Sarah introduces herself
  • The Murray River Expedition
  • Source to Sea on each continent?
  • Wanting to do an adventure in Australia
  • The start of the River in the Snowy mountains 
  • How long to plan, train and prepare…
  • Trying to write a book
  • Starting the challenge on the 16th December 2019
  • Having to get a different type of kayak
  • Figuring out how to get to the source of the Murray River!
  • Dealing with low water levels
  • Reaching the start!
  • The physical side of the challenge
  • The challenge of not making progress
  • Dealing with frustration
  • Resupply via towns every 4 days or so
  • The highlights from the river
  • Getting the time to do some deep thinking 
  • Doing the challenge solo
  • Going back to uni?
  • Update on the book….fun?!
  • Having a bit of a break…
  • Thinking about an ocean row….
  • Time and money!
  • Heading to Nepal for the Annapurna base Camp Trek
  • Adventure blues?
  • Quick Fire Questions

Social Media

Website - 

Twitter - @Sarah_paddles  

Youtube @SarahDavis - 

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