Tough Girl Podcast

Tough Girl Podcast

United Kingdom

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

Episodes

Bex Band - The Ordinary Adventurer who has walked 1,000 km across Israel, as well as being the first person to Kick Scoot the 240km London Loop trail!  

After 6 years of living a 9-5 lifestyle, she had had enough. She was fed up of being stressed and overworked and had a mountain of baggage to contend with. She was burnt out, didn’t sleep well, was over-thinking all the time and had bouts of depression. She didn’t feel healthy.

So, she decided to make a change. She quit her job, signed up to do a few challenges and…..here she is! Adventuring, travelling and living her absolute dream life.

Since leaving her job she has completed the 240km London Loop on an adult kick scooter, sailed across the North Sea and hiked 1000km the full length of Israel. 

 

Show notes

Where Bex is at the moment Going to Africa at 18 where she got the travel bug Settling into adult life and getting a regular job as a teacher Making the decision to quit her life and go travelling full time Making another big change in her life for the second time Having a small amount of savings  Making money while on the go Deciding to head off to hike 1,000km the full length of Israel Getting herself sorted before she headed off Logistics and planning for the trail Having her honeymoon at Burning Man Festival The challenges of her hike 2 months hiking with her husband and hiking separately What Scoop the Loop is! Not spending any money on the challenge Winning the Next Challenge Grant!  Wild Camping in a residential urban environment Sailing back from Sweden with Tall Ships Getting sea sick for the first 24 hrs How she decides where she will go travelling The struggles she has to face being a nomad and travelling all the time Working longer hours than she would in a normal job Living with uncertainty and not knowing when your next going to be making money Starting - “Love Her Wild” with her friend Alex Being inspired by Beth Rodden - climbing when pregnant  The Mentor Scheme and why it came about What challenge is on her bucket list! Looking for her next big adventure How she decides what to do next Planning and working with her husband Japan highlights! Advice if you do want to quit your job Why you should listen to your gut and your instincts! Why I got rid of my stuff  #minimalism Her top piece of adventuring kit - good boots and good socks! Getting a good night sleep! Get in contact with Bex via her blog Why you should go and visit loveherwild.com 

 

Social Media

Website - The Ordinary Adventurer & loveherwild.com

 

Facebook

Twitter - @Bex_Band 

Instagram - @_theordinaryadventurer

 

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Phoebe Smith - extreme sleeping outdoors adventurer who thrives on heading off to the wildest locations she can find to sleep in the strangest places she can seek out!  

Phoebe Smith is an adventurer, author, editor, presenter, speaker and filmmaker.

By day she is award-winning editor of Wanderlust Travel Magazine, travel writer and presenter, by night she’s an extreme sleeping outdoors adventurer who thrives on heading off 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. 

She has completed the Three Peaks Sleeps Challenge – in which she overnighted on the summits of the highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland. She is also the author of 7 books including the bestselling Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper,Wilderness Weekends: Wild Adventures in Britain's Rugged Corners  and the first ever guidebook to Britain’s free-to-stay-in mountain shelters –Book of the Bothy.

 

Show Notes

 

Backpacks & her favourite Lowe Alpine pack How Phoebe would introduce herself and why she lives something of a double life… Inspiring people to travel to new places  Doing a feature on the Appalachian trail and how you can fit in the best bits of the trail in 2 weeks Being a tourist in her own backyard the UK Why adventure doesn’t have to be extreme Growing up close to Snowdonia National Park and taking it for granted Not knowing what she wanted to do with her life Working in Australia for a year and how sleeping in a swag bag in the “red centre” change her perspective on the outdoors Finding strange places to sleep throughout the world Trying wild camping Her fist solo wild camping experience  Dealing with the naysayers Having adventures in the UK 2014 - The sleeping challenge! Seeing a cloud inversion  Dealing with the rubbish on the top of the Ben Nevis  Getting people to appreciate their local beauty spots The history of the bothy and becoming a bothy bagger! The Book of the Bothy - 26 of her favourite shelters spread out through Britain Her first book - The Camper’s Friend and how it came about via twitter! Practical tips for people going camping “Enjoy not endure” Creating a hot water bottle Tentertainment…. Why it ok to just stop and “just allowing yourself to be” Wild Camping in Scotland and the changes to the by-laws and how it can impact you Take your rubbish with you and leave no trace What people should do, to help support this campaign Ordnance Survey 2016 and 2017 - Get Outside Champion #GetOutside Why you should learn to map read How she’s applied what she’s learned from the outdoors to her own life Getting angry with herself whilst facing a dangerous river crossing Her 8th book!! Britons Best Small Hills  - ***Coming 1st September*** Final words of wisdom  “You don’t find the time, you make the time” Creating your own go bag!!

 

Social Media

 

Twitter @PhoebeRSmith

Instagram @phoebersmith

Website: www.phoebe-smith.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ExtremeSleeps

 

Check out her latest books at: 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Phoebe-Smith/e/B0070LP2N2

 

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Laura Gush on Running The Ironman and Marathon Des Sables with No Background in Sports, Qualified Dr and PT  

Dr Laura Gush is a patron of the Tough Girl Podcast, a member of the Tough Girl tribe and a phenomenal runner. She’s raced in The Iron Man, Marathon Des Sables and a number of ultra races and marathons.

Laura took a year off her medical career in 2015 and took that time to get her personal training qualifications and race in the Marathon Des Sables. Laura shares what she does to train for a race and how her educational perspective had an impact on her running.

We talk about how Laura got into running with no background in sports and what her future challenges will be.

Show Notes

Growing up in South Wales with a musical background Running in the 2008 London Marathon Training for her first marathon Getting shin splints and underestimating the challenge Becoming like the people you’re closest to Deciding to participate in The Ironman Laura’s strategy for getting through The Ironman Mallorca Running a marathon while feeling terrible How being a doctor affects Laura’s running What it felt like to be an Ironman Balancing running with her medical career Taking time off her career to run in the Marathon Des Sables Creating her own training schedule with back to back runs Running her first Ultra in the freezing cold Laura’s tips and tricks for getting through a difficult race Getting to the desert and getting ready before the race Learning from her experience in the desert Balancing holding yourself back and pushing yourself forward Wanting to repeat the Marathon des Sables Running the Druid Ultra and getting injured Struggling with rest and recovery Running a 100-mile race 6 days after the London Marathon Recognising that failure makes things ok and that it’s a choice Getting past the experience of giving up on a race Competing in the brutal Ironman Wales in 2016 The highlight of the Ironman Wales What Laura enjoys most about marathons and ultra

 

“Every time I push myself forward a little further, I realise what I can do.”

 

Laura’s race schedule for 2017 - The Boston Marathon Doing things that scare you - Laura and South Africa

 

Social Media

www.drgpt.co.uk

Instagram - @doctor_eat_sleep_run_rpt

Twitter - @drlauragush

Facebook - @drlgpt

 

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Gina Cleere -  female soloist winner of Revolve24 in 2016  

Last year Georgina Cleere Won the Women’s Soloist title at Revolve24 2016 completing 127 laps (305 miles) and climbing 8,128m (26,670 feet).

Her passion had always been horses, and horses were her life, her own horse Mr Darcy broke his leg and had to be put down and this changed her life. She no longer had a social life, she no longer did exercise, she had no direction and didn't know what to do with her time.   She decided to buy a bike through the Cycle to Work Scheme, and with the encouragement from her husband, she  joined a cycling club and soon found herself cycling all the time. 

This is her story of what she has learned along the way and how cycling has changed her life, she shares the challenges she faced, the learnings she's made and her plans for the future as well as her dream to ride non-stop across America!

Show Notes

Her childhood and adventures with horses, including her very own Mr Darcy Finding her feet again through losing her horse and her father being ill Starting to ride a bike through the Cycle to Work Scheme Finding a cycle club and the surprises of going cycling with experienced bikers Discovering the buzz of cycling and getting into the sport Entering her first Sportive and overcoming her nerves about riding 60 miles for the first time! Handling the doubts and worries about rides, and keeping her spirits up Taking on even longer distances with some friends, and discovering a love of pushing her boundaries Saving her bottom! Sharing her tips for avoiding a sore bottom from hours in the saddle. Revolve 24 as a team and deciding to go solo Cycling powered by rice pots and wotsits! Breaking up the 24hours and keeping herself going  Her race strategy and her surprise win at Revolve 24 Her dream challenge for the future – RAAM! Aiming high for the Ultramarathon Cyclists Association Fitting everything in within the day between life and training Starting to train with a coach and the difference the structure has made, learning to push herself in new ways Her tips for getting into cycling as a woman if you’re nervous

 

Social Media

Say hi to Gina on twitter - @GinaCleere1

 

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Cheryl Strayed - Writer - Author of New York Times Bestseller Wild - Mother of 2 - Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail  

Cheryl Strayed is the author of four books, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Wild. Through her book, she shares her journey of hiking Pacific Crest Trail at 22 years old and dealing with the grief of losing her mother.

These events changed the course of Cheryl’s life and took her on an incredible adventure along the Pacific Crest Trail. It wasn’t until 10 years later that Cheryl shared her experience in a memoir.

As a writer, Cheryl has been committed to the power of story all her life. In our conversation, she reflects on her childhood and what’s changed since she’s become a mother herself. She shares her experience of personal transformation, what it was like publishing Wild, and what happened after sharing her book.

 

Show Notes

Growing up with a young mum and witnessing abuse Learning to live ‘rich in love’ from her mother Being a mother and how it’s changed her perspective Dealing with the loss of her mother and leading up to the PCT Deciding to hike the PCT from a place of weakness

 

“I knew that the wild places made me feel most full.”

 

Writing the book 10 years later Figuring out who she was throughout her life Having no one to rely on during her hike on the PCT and feeling empowered Finding transformation in wilderness, physical challenge, and solitude About ‘monster’, Cheryl’s backpack on the PCT Feeling lucky to have made mistakes during her hike

 

“I had to learn how to live with the truth of my life. I had to learn how to carry those things.”

 

Being astounded by the beauty of the PCT and feeling gratitude Understanding what was important about writing Wild What it felt like having her personal story read by people around the world

 

“You have to be fearless when it comes to writing the truth.”

 

The values of a writer and how that helped Cheryl share her story Dealing with people who don’t like her books Teaching her kids to have emotional intelligence Using the outdoors to cope with the emotional ups and downs Having a revelation that grief is always with us and learning to live with it What it was like finishing her hike of the PCT Deciding what’s next after a big adventure Meeting her husband 9 days after her hike Sharing other people’s stories while telling her own Being a writer mum and teaching her kids Telling herself, “I’m not afraid.” Sarah’s Appalachian Trail challenge The pros and cons of being connected during an adventure How Cheryl met Oprah Measuring your success by doing all you can do Watching Wild for the first time Considering the ‘flawed’ label Cheryl’s words of advice for people going through struggles

 

“Even the hardest times are only a moment. They are one part of a whole life.”

 

Social Media


Keep up with Cheryl on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook and at www.cherylstrayed.com

 

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Chloe Phillips-Harris - Freelance Adventure Journalist Bonding with Wild Horses - Travelling the World - Competing in the World’s Toughest Horse Race  

Chloe Phillips-Harris is a freelance adventure journalist. While her day job is riding, training, and competing with horses, adventure lurks around every corner. In the winter, she goes off the beaten path to adventure and shares her experience with journalism.

As a teenager, Chloe would get naughty ponies she had to train. The next step for her was training wild horses. Bonding with wild horses is a magical experience she goes back to again and again. You can hear the passion in Chloe’s voice for her horses.

Chloe has worked all over the world in places like Egypt, Fiji, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia to use her skills in new ways. Her interest in the world and animals propelled her to take amazing opportunities taking care of wild animals. Chloe raced unsupported in the Mongol Derby, what’s called the toughest horse race in the world. While dealing with sickness and wild animals, Chloe was spurred on by anger and kept going.   

 

Show Notes

 

Growing up in the Bay of Islands on a farm with her strong mother Developing a passion for horses at an early age Working with wild horses at 21 years of age How Chloe gets wild horses and spends 16 hours a day with them Bonding with wild horses and how it relates to other relationships The wild horses Chloe’s learned to love and taught to love other people Dealing with horses she hasn’t been able to connect with Learning that we’re all similar from working with horses A typical day in Chloe’s life Enrolling in a double science major at Uni Working hard at age 18 and winning the New Zealand Young Rider series Getting burnt out at 23 and going to Egypt Travelling around the world to use her skills in new ways Caring for horses and doing aid work in Fiji, India, and Egypt Seeing the worst parts of humanity at times and feeling burnt out Writing about what she saw for horse and adventure magazines Participating in the world’s toughest horse race, the Mongol Derby Training for the Mongol Derby by running and riding in shorts The difference between Mongolian horses and New Zealand Getting sick during the Mongol Derby and dealing with incredible challenges Being chased by wild dogs and having her horse bolt into a swamp The most amazing experiences of the Mongol Derby doing exactly what she wanted to be doing

 

“It’s really important to do something in your life that you’re proud of.”

 

Being a part of the crew for the Mongol Derby this year Getting to a crossroads and deciding what to pursue Wanting to work with camels Having an incredible experience watching a woman ride a reindeer

 

Social Media


Say Hi to Chloe on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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Niki Doeg, Janette Benaddi - Yorkshire Rows - Rowing Across the Atlantic Ocean - Guinness World Record Holders  

Yorkshire Rows is a team of four working mums who dared to dream. They are the first women to row across the North Sea and holders of the Guinness World record for rowing 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean during the world’s toughest rowing race.

I’m joined by Niki Doeg and Janette Benaddi, two members of Yorkshire Rows. They share their story about life-changing adventure, witnessing the beauty of the elements, and discovering who you really are.

With corporate and medical backgrounds, spouses and children at home, these women committed to an adventure. They challenged themselves to prepare the finances, take the exams, and train themselves to row across the ocean.

Show Notes

How Janette and Niki began their careers and got interested in adventure Meeting at a rowing club and becoming good friends Deciding to embark on a challenge and getting family support What their children had to say about their adventure Being very passionate in order to accomplish a dream Racing finances, learning about the ocean and taking exams Supporting charities through their challenge What it cost to row across the ocean How long it took Yorkshire Rows to execute their idea Transporting the 30 ft long boat Preparing for the launch date Recognising the danger of being out on the ocean What it was like for Jeanette being the skipper Dealing with the pressures of the row Mentally preparing for the challenge Getting annoyed with each other and dealing with it What a typical day looked like during their row Being bored, experiencing highs, and missing family Finding comfort in the middle of the ocean What it was like seeing land in the distance at the finish Shouldering responsibility during the row Celebrating their amazing crossing Learning to be more relaxed about life and not be so cautious What’s next for Niki and Janette Coming out with a book about friendship and adventure Last words of inspiration and not making excuses

 

Social Media


Connect with Yorkshire Rows at www.yorkshirerows.com/ and YorkshireRows@outlook.com

 

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Sarah Logan - 43 married with 2 girls - diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, this is her story of survival, positivity and training for a triathlon while undergoing treatment.  

***Thank you to all my patrons and all the amazing members of the Tough Girl Tribe - thank you for your continued support, in allowing me to share important stories like this***

 

Show notes

How she heard about the Tough Girl Tribe (thank you Lou!) Life before children - running marathons and climbing mountains Finding a lump in her right breast Being diagnosed with a very aggressive type of breast cancer How her whole world came crumbling down Dealing with the shock and trying to come to terms with it Losing control of her life Joining a FB group for women under 45 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer - The Younger Breast Cancer Network Setting her intentions from the start of the diagnosis Spending New Years Eve doing chemo - and a reminder of why good friends are so important A year of treatment How much her mentality played a part in her recovery Getting through the bad days and how she got through them How her girls coped Dealing with her hair loss and cutting her hair Why she decided to take on a triathlon while undergoing treatment Team Phoenix and signing up for a sprit triathlon Her training and how it all worked Her fears about the triathlon… swimming! Why she kept on practicing and why she enjoyed learning a new skill Drawing a line in the sand and using the triathlon as a way to mark the end of her treatment for cancer Being so happy to be alive Advice for other women who may be in a similar situation Her next challenge in 2017! Supporting Team Phoenix as a mentor for the ladies in South East London Raising funds for Team Verrico Looking forward to the future,  focusing on her family, her work and her exercise

 

***CHECK YOUR BREASTS - TODAY***

Paula Reid - Adventurer Living Life to the Full - Crossed 150 Things Off Her Bucket List  

Paula Reid has achieved 150 things of her things to do before she dies list including skiing to the South Pole, walking on hot coals, kayaking the Thames, and running a marathon.

 

She believes in living life to the full and making the most of our one life. To seize and savour is her mantra from taking advantage of amazing opportunities to savouring beautiful, small moments.

 

In one of her challenges, Paula sailed in a race around the world with only 2 months of preparation. The team faced a number of trials and accidents, ultimately making it home in 10 months. Later, Paula became the 14th international woman and 3d British woman to ski across the full distance from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.

 

Show Notes

 

Finding her sense of adventure and discovery Becoming a rebel as a teenager and falling in with the ‘right’ crowd Starting her living life list and adding a diversity of challenges The challenges that stand out for Paula Feeling stuck in a job she enjoyed and deciding to sail around the world How Paula has been able to afford these challenges Training to sail in 2 months with no prior experience Dealing with overwhelm and worry Using mantras and taking things one step at a time Leaving the port for the yacht race Experiencing medical evacuations, man overboard Working as a ‘pit chick’ on the boat Dealing with accidents during the race Bouncing back from depression as a team Coming home after a 10-month race The difficulty of coming back after a great adventure Getting the dream to ski across the South Pole Finding an adventure partner and telling friends and family about her goals Skiing in a temperature colder than a freezer Facing a major challenge with an injury Balancing the seize and savour Paula’s next challenge, 50 Good Turns Getting in touch with Paula at www.paulareid.com Looking forward to biking Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania Paula’s tips on living life to the full Writing a list of what you’ve done already and creating your live life to the full list Planning for a worm charming competition

 

Social Media


Find Paula’s book and connect with her on www.paulareid.com. She’s also on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

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Anne-Marie Watson - Ultra endurance athlete & performance coach, training for the UTMB in September!  

Over the last twenty years Anne-Marie’s journey has taken her from icy snow holes in Norway, to the desolate plains of Afghanistan and Iraq while working for the British Army. Most recently she’s been pushing her endurance boundaries running various ultra races & competing in long distance triathlons. 

Her diet, lifestyle and work has turned a full 180 degrees from being totally over weight and unhealthy to being tucked up in bed by ten with a diet based on real food and competing at a high level in endurance sports. Her passion has focused in on the mindset aspect of endurance/adventure/challenges and what you can learn from them to apply to your every day life 

 

Endurance Portfolio 

•Marathon des Sables - finished 2nd lady & top 50 overall (2015)

•Ultra-Trail World Tour Future Series Cappadocia 110km – finished 1st lady & 5th overall (2016)

•Course records in The ONER (2016), XNRG Cotswolds Way (2015) & XNRG Round the Island (2016)

•Qualified IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships 2013 & 2014

•IRONMAN 70.3 Aix en Provence (2014) & Weymouth (2016) placed 3rd in age group

•Ultra-Trail World Tour sponsored athlete

•Supported by French endurance company W A A

•Other races include: St. Oswald’s Way 100 mile, North Face 100, Everest Marathon, UTMB CCC, Challenge Roth, GeoQuest 48 hour adventure race.

 

Show notes

Connecting at the WAEXPO event in January Getting AnneMarie to introduce herself Hating PE when she was a child, but loving the outdoors Being involved in Cadets and Duke of Edinburgh Being sponsored by the Army & going to university, before heading off to Sandhurst Being in the military for 9 years and going on operational tours in Afghanistan Running her first marathon, but never really enjoying running on the road Meeting her husband while in the Army Deciding she wanting to do an ultra in 2007 Deciding on the Everest Marathon! Getting perspective on the world & finishing the race! The race which has really challenged her mental limits What goes through her mind before she races - the planning, the preparation, the route, visualisation and her internal chat and why she checks in with herself a lot during the race Why she has a strategy to be positive during the race Deciding to commit to your goals  Advice and tips to help you take your first steps and why you should always ASK people for HELP Being scared of even going into a bike shop Training for the Marathon des Sables and getting the balance right Her concerns before the race Her race and the point which really challenged her! Being one of the top 5 females on the long day “Just do your best” Trigging my memories of Marathon des Sables The race to the finish and coming in 2nd women! Would she do the race again? Trying to pick races which have a special meaning Advice and tips for when you’re going after your first ultra,  why you should build up to it and be kind to yourself. Getting into Ironman & training in Dubai Being horrific at swimming and wanting to sort it out What a typical training week look likes and why it does vary Getting her genes tested - DNA FIT to understand more about what she should be eating and how she should be training Avoiding junk miles and why you should either be doing, long slow runs or speed work. Why it’s about the quality of your training and not the quantity How she recovers and why it’s all about sleep! RFM Coaching - how the company started and has evolved Why performance is so important in all areas of your life Loving her life! NLP Quick fire questions from the tribe:- kit, mantras, books, food & theme songs! Future plans for 2017 - learning how to swim properly & taking on the UTMB!

 

Contact Anne-Marie

anna@rfmcoaching.com

www.rfmcoaching.com

@rfmcoaching

 

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Part 3 - 7 Women - 7 Challenges 2017  

Part 3 - 7 Women - 7 Challenges 2017

 

At the start of 2017 after feedback from the Tough Girl Tribe. I started 7 Women - 7 Challenges. 

Throughout the year I will be interviewing 7 women as we follow them on their journey of going after their own personal challenges. We will learn what really has to happen for people to achieve their goals, we will hear about their frustrations, disappointments, set backs, as well as their successes and achievements. 

It is real stories, from real women, living real lives. 

This is part 3*

 

Timings

 

Jen Dxyhorron - 4 mins

Jo Jo Rogers - 33 mins

Georgie Akin-Smith - 1.07

Gemma Smith - 1.35

Rachel Wise - 2.09

Laura Try - 2.47

 

*We will be catching up with Rae Red in Part 4

 

Show notes

 

Jen Dykxhoorn

 

Visiting friends and family in Canada How our last conversation reinvigorated her training plan Signing up for 1 month gym membership and doing 20 classes Feeling strong, powerful and feeling even more energised  Moving back to Sweden for 3 - 6 months Update on her everyday magic goals  - from reading more books to flossing her teeth everyday Being inspired by the adventurous women from the Tough Girl Podcast Being inspired by the book “Wild Women” Cultivating good habits  Champagne Goals - are in progress and her first goal will be checked off soon when she moves back to Sweden The planning and preparation for her August cycle ride - LEJOG Working with her sister to plan the trip in more detail The power of lists Sorting out the route and accommodation How her PHD has helped her to plan for her adventures Using permanent lists Her city break to Poland and taking a break from life and being able to switch off  The 3 Ps - Packing - Planning - PHD  Her end of month check in - “Structured Reflection” Feeling good about the progress she’s made in both her training and her PHD The Passion Planner - Why she loves it and has used it religiously for the past 2 years Filling that space when you’ve finished your goal Her focus for the next few weeks Thinking about an ultra marathon! Looking for an ultra marathon race in July somewhere in Europe - Any ideas! Continuing the, Year of the Mighty Thigh! Sunning 6k to get to wifi! Why she’s also going to focus on strength training as a use for injury prevention

 

Her Sister - Karen Dykxhoorn - Follow on Instagram @hopefulgoat  & twitter @hopefulgoat 

 

Jo Jo Rogers

 

What’s been happening since we last spoke The snowshoe races! The World Snowshoe Championships… with no snow! Getting ready to race when the course conditions were so terrible What the route was like and being fearful of getting hurt Finishing 3rd in the world for women aged between 50 - 59 How she celebrated The National Snowshoe Championships… 10 ft of snow! Her race strategy Watching her daughter race How she deals with nerves before a race Travelling next year to Spain for the World Championships with her daughter Mother daughter bonding Her next race in Texas Starting to pick up training again Training for snowshoeing in the dirt and the grass Mixing up her training The challenges she is dealing with at the moment - sleep, nutrition,  Weekly millage… 130  Junk miles? Running easy miles Overtraining and how she knows Happiness Speed work and how she does it - her favourite is progression training  Sleep habits What she’s learnt from the races so far Feeling selfish, because she’s doing what she loves Living the life she wants to

 

Georgia Akin-Smith

 

2 of her challenges have been completed! How she was feeling before her duathlon in Windsor Getting to the venue super early What the course was like 10k run - 40k bike - 5k run What was going through her head on the start line Trying to remember to run her own race Her race strategy  What she learned from the experience Why being prepared helped her Her “oh no” moments Her final transition and what her legs were like Trying to fit another duathlon into her schedule for this year! Her 2nd challenge The Cross Country Ski Marathon in Switzerland! Training for the Ski Marathon in Hyde Park! Not being able to get into her rhythm The downhill and why it was harder Her next challenge - The London Marathon Suffering with a hip injury Why you have to listen to your body 120 mile cycle ride, 10 hours in the saddle with few stops What she was eating on her cycle ride Going for a Bike Fit Feeling nervous about her next cycle challenges Her current fears about the upcoming races Mantras and visualisation to help with her challenges

 

Learn more about Georgia and her future challenges www.gwhodares.com 

Twitter @GWhoDares & Instagram @GwhoDares

 

Gemma Smith

 

What Gemma has been up to since we last spoke Working hard, making the most of her weekends and spending time in Chamonix Skiing, climbing and heading up North in the UK to head into Snowdonia in Wales Some low level hiking just below the snow line Enjoying ice climbing and leaning new skills to help in the mountains Heading over to Italy to climb and being one of the few girls out there Practicing screwing in ice screws and different ways of belaying on ice What good ice should look like Thinking about the long term and why she’s learning these skills now Having the aim to be skilled and fit enough to face any challenge on the mountain Working with her personal trainer “Hurricanes” a new fun way of training! Working in a hypoxic way Trying to maintain everything she’s doing Heading back to Chamonix in Easter Getting everything ready for her trip in August Getting her accommodation all booked for August - staying in mountain huts on the way Dealing with Raynaud’ s while out in the cold The £200 pair of gloves… Starting to blog - Adventures of a novice mountaineer Why she’s going to start upping things now Trying to do more ridge walks to get as much exposure as possible Her next challenge in Chamonix and planning another trip to Scotland Finding a good guide through - Adventure Base Tips from her guide - John The challenges over the past few weeks, especially trying to balance work   How she keeps her motivation going especially day to day Collecting local art work and reminding herself why she’s doing it Why music helps to keep her motivated as well as talking to people Why you have to be a little bit crazy to pursue what you love  Nutrition for mountain days The Sandstone Trail in Cheshire - potential training walk for me!   Keeping updated with Gemma via Instagram, twitter and her blog!

 

 

Rachel Wise

 

A reflection on how she was feeling a few months ago Turning a corner  The website is now live, and she’s up and running on twitter and Instagram Air BNB is starting to make money which is great going into the savings account Speaking with their landlord about being able to sublease the house while they were away Being able to come back to the same house in Switzerland once they finish travelling Paying for the flights and being all booked up as far as they can with regards to flights Planning the budget per day for each place they visit Progress regarding the girls education The focus for the coming weeks Trying to figure out what to do with their dog! Feeling more organised and getting on top of things Documenting the journey through the website and via social media Not getting twitter, and not seeing how it can work for her Enjoying Instagram and finding it fun Feeling more positive about everything Training for the Geneva Marathon What’s she learned so far Telling work….. Blog post - “Are we who we say we are?” Ignore the haters and the negative comments Feeling proud of the website, and crossing of items on her to do list Applying to be a house sitter for July What else she’s be working on in the coming weeks - from running the Geneva Marathon to sorting out accommodation for their trip, and planning the US road trip Visit the website - www.slowtravelfamily.com  and follow on twitter @SlowTravelFam  and Instagram @slowtravelfamily

 

Laura Try

Life is tough Formulating a plan New members of the LT Support Crew The issue of raising funds for the challenge The struggle of getting in front of the right people £6k raised and another £15K needed to reach her target in 9 weeks or else she will be kicked off the team New strategies every week e.g. last week cold calling How’s she's handling the pressure Having a melt down a few weeks ago Not being able to rest, if she rests, then nothing else happens Trying to remain positive Waking up at 6 am - working all day and then back on the laptop working (every day) What the options are? Feeling embarrassed if she doesn’t do it Focus on the positives Being featured by Health & Fitness Magazine! New videos being made Making progress Speaking with Lauren Morton  Connecting with local business people The £150 club! Speaking to Jamie Sparks Cold calling!! Learning new skills!! Making changes to sponsorship brochure  No time for training  Having to sacrifice; food, sleep and training to focus on sponsorship and funding Mental health Feeling on the edge How its become an obsession The focus for the next few weeks Wishing she done crowdfunding first Debt? Creating a video for the - Road Rower! Being proactive What she’s learned from the past few weeks Not being able to think straight How to connect with Laura - Facebook, twitter, Youtube, and visit her website
LilyElla Craw-Seaman -  became the youngest person ever to finish an infamous mountain race invented by the SAS, the Pen Y Fan in Wales.  

17-year-old Lilyella Craw-Seaman carried a 43lb rucksack as she took on the Pen Y Fan in the latest instalment of the Fan Dance Race Series. More than 300 people took part and Lilyella was the first female across the line.

Lilyella carried a 43lb rucksack to the top of 2907ft Pen Y Fan in Wales, ran down the mountain, then turned round and did it all over again. She completed the brutal 15-mile route, designed to weed out the weak in SAS selection training, in just four-and-a-half hours. Afterwards, Lilyella said the trek, known as the Fan Dance, was the greatest challenge of her life! 

During this podcast we learn more about Lilyella, why she enjoys doing challenges, her motivation and her drive to make sure she always give her best and goes after every opportunity.

Show notes

Her first passion, swimming & swimming competitively from 5 years old Finding out about her family Liking to win! Balancing school work with swimming and why boarding school helped Waking up at 4am, to swim for 2 hours before school and swimming again in the evening Where she gets her drive from Why swimming makes you mentally strong Her proudest moment swimming Being 14 and making the Scottish Senior Team Competing internationally in Germany The start line, what’s going through her head Keeping her composure while racing Her race tactics Why it’s important for her to stay calm, especially at the start of the race Having a strong finish at the end Making a transition into the mountains and how it came about Alba Military Fitness Who Dares Cares The Fan Dance Challenge! Telling her parents about the challenge! The race, her bag, the route, the distance, the start Crossing the finish line! How working as part of a team helped her to achieve this goal Future challenges she wants to get involved in! Wanting to join the Army Why failing has made her stronger Advice for other girls out there who want to get involved in sports and doing challenges

 

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Rahma Barclay - Cycled 3,500 km through 13 countries from London to Jerusalem raising money for Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)  

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Ride4MedicalAid is a sponsored cycle ride from London to Jerusalem to raise awareness and funds for Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP). The ride, started on the 27 August 2016, crossing 13 countries, covering a distance of 3,500km in less than 35 days, arriving at Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on the 30 September 2016.

MAP is a humanitarian organisation working for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees. MAP provides lifesaving medical supplies, equipment, training and humanitarian aid to those most in need in Gaza, the West Bank and in Lebanon.

Show notes

About Rahma, her transition into cycling from rowing Growing up in Norwich and having a very normal upbringing Setting her history and learning more about her family Being brought up with Islam In 2014 during the war in Gaza, she was sitting on her sofa watching the news and finally decided it was time for her to do something to raise awareness about the situation in Palestine/Israel.  Not doing anything for a year and not knowing how to start In May 2015 visiting Shatila camp in Beirut where she learnt more about MAP and how it was founded following the massacres in Shatila and Sabra camps in 1982. The “Key of Return” and what it means Finding her belief and her reason why” the belief in equal healthcare for ALL” Being scared, and how the idea slowly evolved and all started to become real Dealing with her fears and how her family and friends helped Planning for her cycle! Fitting in her training around work, doing back to back training and adding in sportive events to ensure she was on track Sorting out tyres and becoming a tester! Planning her route using Google earth & street view How she didn’t plan mentally for the trip Starting her adventure, from the bottom of her road Having her mum with her for the start Dealing with the hills & the cobbles! Getting to Munich and being joined by her friends and enjoying the first few weeks Saddle soreness and dealing with the pain Doing exactly what she wants to do with her life The descent into Athens! Getting into Jerusalem and finishing the cycle What she's learnt most about herself on this trip The most challenging part of the trip and what she learned from this experience Dealing with unwanted attention  Arriving back into the UK and trying to settle back into normal life Getting out of the slump and being inspired by Emily Chappell & Anna McNuff Her plans for the future! Raising £22,000 for MAP - Learn more about MAP Final words of advice and, “why you can’t fail if you try” 

 

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Frances Taylor - Running, building self confidence, and quitting her job to cycle 3,000 miles around New Zealand!  

Frances Taylor a member of the Tough Girl Tribe is sharing more of her life on the Tough Girl Podcast!

Over caffeinated and overreacting.  Marathon runner, and one time ultra runner. Cycling New Zealand, Cape Reinga to Bluff
Natalia Cohen - Adventurer & Member of the Coxless Crew:- 1 Boat - 1 Ocean - Fo4r Women. Setting 2 world records rowing the Pacific Ocean in Jan 2016  

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Natalia Cohen has been travelling the world, living, working and exploring for the last 15 years. She has gained access and insights into an incredible variety of cultures and customs on all continents, as well as personal insights, and has charted her journey with beautiful, deeply inspiring writing and photography along the way.

Her unshakable passion for adventure has taken her to people and places that most of us can only imagine. From the Middle East to Antarctica, the villages of Africa to the colours and chaos of India, South America and the middle of the Pacific ocean, she truly is a global traveller.

Her most recent adventure led her to row across the Pacific Ocean delving deep into the mind and exploring the strength of human spirit. Her mission is to empower others to enjoy their life journey, reach their full potential and understand that we are exactly where we are supposed to be right now!

 

2 World records were set with the Coxless Crew:

First all female team to row the Pacific Ocean. First ever fours boat to row the Pacific Ocean.

 

Show notes

 

Travelling the world for 15 years  Coming back to the UK to train to row across the Pacific Ocean How the Pacific Row came about and how she came to be involved in it Being open to opportunities Deciding if she liked rowing! The selection process for the Coxless Crew Why getting to the start line was almost as difficult as the ocean row Doing all the planning while holding down a full time job and how it helped to prepare them for the crossing Being overwhelmed and dealing with those feelings Taking it day by day, and focusing all her energies on getting to the start line Having the support of the team and why it made it easier to keep on going Why if you don’t ask, you don’t get Remembering the start and her feelings of quiet and calm during the first 24 hours. 2 hours on & 2 hours off for 9 months & how it impacted on sleep patterns and how quickly the body can adapt Getting into routine and how life became very simple: - eat, sleep, row, repeat! Getting to know the women on the boat and having the time and space to listen to one another while sharing their stories Meditation while rowing and being fully present and living in that moment Learning how to shift her mindset:- using mantras, motivating one another, photo’s, writing blog posts, and speaking to family members

 

“I am in charge of how I feel, and today I am choosing happiness”

 

Focusing on the positive and setting your attention at the start of the day, to have a great day! The challenges she faced during the 9 month row and one particular challenging night shift

 

“I can do it - I can do it - I can do it - I can do it - I can do it”

 

Team Values: - SPIRIT - Strength, Perseverance, Integrity, Resilience, Inspiration, Trust Being open with one another and learning to not take things personally The biggest argument on the boat…. Instant Noodles!!! What she has learned about herself by doing the Pacific Row Challenge Setting herself up as an inspirational speaker Why being yourself is so important and why self belief is important

 

“We all have the power to be who we want to be and do what we want to do”

 

Being more aware of what she can control and what she can’t control Having the power to choose your attitude and making sure you enjoy the journey  Coming back to reality and no longer being in a rowing boat in the middle of the ocean The next Coxless Crew team challenge! “Losing Site of Shore” - A documentary of the row

 

Social Media

Learn more about Natalie by visiting her website - say hi to her on twitter @EyeoftheNomad 

Learn more about the Coxless Crew by visiting their website and follow on twitter @coxlesscrew

 

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Catherine Mayer - bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and the co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party talking about her new book - Attack of the fifty foot women: How gender Equality can save the world!  

Catherine Mayer was born in the US and has spent much of her life in London. She is a former Europe Editor and Editor at Large of TIME magazine and the author of Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Agelessly and the Sunday Times bestselling biography of Prince Charles Charles: The Heart of a King. In 2015 she co-founded the Women’s Equality Party with Sandi Toksvig.

On the 8th March - International Women’s Day she releases her third book - Attack of the fifty foot women: How gender Equality can save the world!

Show notes

Her career and how it has been done accidentally! Falling into journalism, via a cash in hand job in the marketing department at The Economist before moving over to the editorial side. Spending 11 years at TIME Magazine before starting the Women’s Equality Party Being born in America before moving over to the UK Being a foreign correspondent while based from home in London Her start in journalism and the challenges she faced in the early eighties How she survived and managed to make a career from it Getting by, by becoming “one of the boys” Why she came more politicised  Working in a culture of conformity in order to get ahead and why we need to change the whole culture How the Women’s Equality Party came about WOW - The Women of the World Festival How a small party can make fundamental change and how UKIP proved that What it was like taking this idea for WE to the next stage How ignorance was bliss and also very helpful when setting up WE! How the initial interest on social media led to more than 250 people turning up to the first meeting What Catherine has learned from going through this whole experience Where the idea for her third book came from -  Attack of the fifty foot women: How gender Equality can save the world! Being an internationalist in outlook and how what happens in one country does impact on what happens in another Going through the process of writing the book and why she loves the research Being a tough girl when it comes to writing, no rest, no days off, starting at five in the morning, a short break in the afternoon and then more writing Iceland & how women stopping work changed the direction of gender equality for the whole country Why the WE party are organising a women’s day off in 2018 Why 2018 is going to be a special year for women Starting my Masters in Women & Gender at Lancaster University in 2017 and graduating in 2018 (everything happens for a reason!) The stand out interviews from the book Her plans for the year ahead, including her UK Book tour! BREATHE! EAT! SLEEP! How Donald Trump has helped women in one way… Final words of advice, why this is a time for ACTION and why you should join the Women’s Equality Party.

 

Social Media

Catherine is on twitter @catherine_mayer 

Instagram @MayerofLondon

You can visit her website --> here!

 

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Tough Girl - Margaret Schlachter- The first professional female obstacle course racer & founder of Dirt in Your Skirt!  

Margaret Schlachter found obstacle racing in 2010 with the very first Spartan Race outside of Burlington, Vermont. From that day on she was hooked. This former collegiate athlete found a new spark for fitness in obstacle course racing.

She founded Dirt in Your Skirt in early 2011 as a personal blog tracking her progress to the first World’s Toughest Mudder. Quickly the blog turned into a full website with race reviews, gear reviews, industry insight and more.

In 2012,  she became the first professional female obstacle racer and was ranked 5th in the world at the time. She has taken on some of the sport’s toughest events competing in the Death Race, 5x World’s Toughest Mudder, and Survival Run in Nicaragua. 

Today she spends her time as a full-time author, writer, industry expert, and coach. When not writing or taking on the next obstacle race or mud run she can be found working on her Urban Farm in Salt Lake City.

Show notes

Her childhood growing up, attending boarding school and having a passion for the outdoors. Training like a professional athlete at 13 years old Transitioning from school to college Graduating from college and going on to do her Masters part time Her journey to obstacle racing The Original Obstacle Course Race which was started in the UK - Original Tough Guy Hating running but how having obstacles makes it fun! The very first Spartan Race Why you should not wear cotton!  The spear throw and how its evolved over time The rivalry between Sparta & Tough Mudder! Going from 5k to 10 miles Qualifying for Worlds Toughest Mudder - a 24 hours obstacle course race, which had never been done before! Why accountability is so important Starting her blog - “Dirt in Your Skirt” and how it has evolved over time Getting her first podium in 2011 and how it led to her getting sponsorship 2012 & getting her first paid full time sponsorship Training for Worlds Toughest Mudder and making use of the mountains on her doorstep and the free running resources on line. Using rock climbing as a tool for general fitness - “Climb Fit” Dealing with the cold and why wetsuits are a must for any event like this Running her first ultra marathon in training Having to break ice to get through the obstacles Dealing with hallucinations and the stresses on her mind and body Not finishing the race, getting to 7 am, which was 3 hours short of competition How OCR has evolved for women The 3 races that stand out for her Stopping, quitting and not wanting to race Learning from failure Why we both collaborate & support other women

Get in contact with Margaret - via her Blog or on twitter @DirtinYourSkirt 

 

You can listen to my episode with Margaret - HERE!

 

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Ashley Hunt - Wellness Coach & Meditation Teacher dealing with Chronic Pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis  

Ashley was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, when she was 26, she has endured chronic pain which has affected both her professional and personal life.  She went from being super fit and healthy to not being able to cut her own food up, or get dressed.

Ashley talks about the power of meditation and how her daily practice has been essential to her recovery. She’s passionate about promoting meditation to reduce stress, lower the risk of anxiety and depression. During this podcast you will get to hear top tips and advice on how you can make small changes to your daily routine which will make a massive difference!

Show notes

Who is Ashley Hunt? Being lazy growing up Eventually finding fitness through pole dancing Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis  Finding empowerment through exercise and building strength Becoming a pole dancing instructor Taking control of your body and building self confidence and body confidence Why your confidence builds by doing pole dancing The development of her Rheumatoid Arthritis and how it spread throughout her body Going from being a strong, fit, healthy women in January and by April not being able to dress or feed herself How she coped with the challenge and how it impacted on her mental health Suffering through the dark times and using meditation to get through it. Why being in pain is exhausting Why the struggles you go through make you stronger How she started with meditation & why you need to practice it Her top tips for meditation and why you need to start with breathing Her self care routine & why the best thing you can do is to take care of yourself Taking control of your addiction to technology  Her sleep routine before bed and why there is no technology allowed Advice for dealing with negative thoughts Why being selfish is the most selfless thing you can do Her fitness & training routine now Why nothing is more important than her health What she’s learnt from all the struggles Her final words of advice  - Put yourself first, stop, take a breath and make sure it’s in your best interest - put yourself first!!!

 

Get in contact with Ashley - Via her website and say hi to her on twitter @ashleyhuntwelln

 

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Hannah Stodel - 4X Paralympian (Sailing), Triple World Champ, Aspiring to compete in the Vendee Globe 2020!  

Hannah knows what it takes to follow her dreams, and has always lived by her Uncle’s motto “never give up”. 

At 13 years old, she became the youngest ever winner of the BT Young Sailor of the Year award for her achievements at the Mirror World Championships.

Aged 15 she received a phone call that changed the direction of her life. Andy Cassell, the Atlanta Gold medalist in the Sonar class opened her eyes to disability sailing, which she had previously thought of as the weaker option. 

After winning the bronze medal at the World Championships, her team was selected above her childhood hero and mentor, Andy Cassell which sent her to her first Paralympic Games - Athens 2004!

During this podcast we learn more about the setbacks she’s had to face, how she has dealt with failure and crushing disappointments. Throughout it all she has kept moving forward with pure grit and determination. 

After listening to Hannah you will be inspired to take on your own personal challenge.

 

Show notes

Going back to her childhood and understanding what it was like for her growing up What she loved about sailing & how sailing changed her perception of herself. Going off to military school at young age & what she’s learned from that experience Growing up with her disability and dealing with bullies Making the Youth Squad in sailing Winning the Young Sailor of the Year Award when she was 13 years old! Knowing that sailing was going to be in her future Dealing with the pressure of coming from a sailing family Thinking that Paralympian sailing was the weaker option and how her mind got changed. Deciding to leave university after 2 years and focus on the Athens campaign Beating her childhood hero & mentor at the 2003 World Championships The mental preparation while competing at an elite level The Chimp Paradox and exercising the chimp! Racing & competing in China Race tactics & why it’s a balancing act Losing a medal at the London Olympics 2012 16 years of sailing and the reason she sails Her preparation for Rio What she does to get ready before a race 2 bad days on the water at Rio and having to fight back to Bronze position, before losing out to a disqualification Dealing with the loss What’s the extra one percent and why you have to fight to the end - no matter what The closing party in Rio! What sailing has taught her Sailing has been dropped from the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020 The Vendee Globe 2020 Challenge! Final words of advice to motivate & inspire you!

 

Learn more about Hannah by visiting her website - & say hi to her on twitter @SailingHannah. I’m also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL

 

 

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Tough Girl - Justine Curgenven - Sea Kayaker & One of the Top Living Explorers in the UK!  

Justine lives in Wales, is 35 years old and started kayaking 12 years ago with a local canoe club.  When she was at university Justine loved team sports and represented England in hockey, only discovering walking, mountain biking and kayaking when she left university.   She started a career in television at about the same time she discovered kayaking, and she soon gave up her job to pursue sea kayaking adventures and film them to make a living.  

Following her passion, was challenging and difficult for the first four years - people refused to believe that sea kayaking could be exciting! Justine soon changed their minds once they saw her movies. Justine is an avid and accomplished sea kayaker and has explored many of the world’s best paddling spots - New Zealand, Newfoundland, Norway, Tasmania, the Queen Charlotte Islands, Alaska, California...the list goes on!

Show notes

How she discovered the outdoors and fell in love with the mountain The challenges she faced of wanting to follow her passion Why it did come down to luck and her determination How she came to make her first sea kayaking video Remembering the important first steps and why she learnt to ask for what she wanted Why its important to share your goals and why you need to give 100% to your goals The expeditions that have stood out for Justine and why she kept upping the challenge after every adventure.  Taking on the Aleutian Islands, “the birth place of the winds” with Sarah Outen  Why she decided to say yes the adventure and why for her attitude is more important than skill Being told the crossings they wanted to do were impossible! (It wasn’t!) Being prepared to give it a go and being prepared to work hard and to wait for the weather 5 months for the planning and training Dealing with the long crossings and how she keeps on going The addictive feeling from from being on an adventure Dealing with the fear and worry in your head Mental tricks she uses while out Kayaking What she’s learnt from making mistakes  Dealing with fear and how she turns it into action Future challenges! Focusing more on - Fun, Family & Friends! Why she named her company - Cackle TV! Advice for women who want to get into Sea Kayaking

Connect with Justine - Visit her website  & Say hi to Justine on Twitter @cackletv 

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