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The Tough Girl Podcast is all about inspiring and motivating YOU! I will be interviewing inspirational women from around the world, who’ve faced and overcome difficult challenges and situations, they will share their story, their knowledge and provide advice and essential tips for you to overcome…

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    Jessie Stevens - Youth Climate Activist, Cycled 570 miles from Devon to Glasgow for COP26 #ride2COP26

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 38:16

    We first spoke with Jessie on October 19th 2021 where she shared more about her cycle challenge of riding 570 miles to Glasgow for COP26. During this episode we catch up with Jessie to find out about her journey, the challenges faced and overcome, what it was like arriving in Glasgow and her thoughts on COP26 as well as her plans for the future.   Jessie in her own words:   I am a youth activist who cares deeply about the power of people to create change and this is exactly what I want People Pedal Power to do. The idea to start the movement came from my fears that more inaction would come from COP26.    I knew that we didn't have time for this to occur, as this summit has to be the one where real change is created, if not by our leaders but by the power of individuals creating collective action.    As can be seen from the youth climate movement across the world, individuals really do have the power to create change, and so I decided to harness this!   I also believe in the immense power that words and storytelling have in helping us as individual to learn, understand and ultimately engage in the climate crisis. I have been trying to do this for the past 2 years with my monthly newspaper columns and other writing projects which discuss the climate crisis from the youth perspective.   Listen to Jessie now on the Tough Girl Podcast. New episodes go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons.    Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media.    Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and support. Thank you.   Show notes Who is Jessie The day before the start of the challenge Getting going and feeling relief Partnering with the Adventure Syndicate  Film maker - Catherine Dunn  Starting with 50/60 people Meeting people along the way  Magical moments from the experience Why everyday was special One of the hardest days on the bike Tips and tricks for dealing with the tough times Using music to change her state of mind Coping with riding 100km per day Why it was harder mentally Arriving in Glasgow for COP26 Feeling unsettled in Glasgow Partnering with Eco-Schools Trying to get the youth voice in the media The challenges at the event Thoughts on COP26 Did attending the event help to make a difference What it was like inside the conference What it was like outside the conference People power and feeling empowered  What's next for Jessie? COP27? Cycling during the winter months Final words of advice     Social Media   People Pedal Power - Demanding Climate action and greener more accessible transport.   Website: httpspeoplepeddlepower.wordpress.com/   Instagram: @people_pedal_power   Personal IG: @climate_jess_    The Adventure Syndicate is a collective of extraordinary cyclists who happen to be women and who aim to challenge what others think they are capable of.   Website - theadventuresyndicate.com    Instagram: @adventuresynd    

    Adelle Tracey - British middle distance runner. European Finalist & World Semi-finalist. Professional Hair and Makeup artist.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 36:46

    Adelle is a British middle distance track athlete, who has competed for Great Britain over 800m on a number of occasions. Adelle has competed internationally on a European, Commonwealth and World stage for over 10 years.   Adelle's international debut was a the European Youth Olympics in 2009, where she won a Silver medal at 16 years old.    Since then, she has gone on to compete for Great Britain at a senior level competing at two European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam 2016 and Berlin 2018, at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Portland 2016, World Athletics Championships in London 2017, World University Games in Taipei 2017, the Commonwealth Games for team England in Gold Coast 2018 and at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow 2019.   Throughout competing as a senior athlete on the international stage, Adelle has balanced her life off the track working as a Hair & Makeup artist.   Adelle is a Woman's Sport Trust 'UNLOCKED' Alumni and proud ambassador for the British Dyslexia Association & Dementia UK, two causes very close to her heart.   "Sport has so much to offer, I'd love all woman to have the opportunity to enhance their life with sport. There is so much power in lifting each other up and continuing to create spaces for woman & girls to flourish.” - Adelle Tracey   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons.    Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you.   Show notes Who is Adelle Wanting to be an athlete  Being inspired by the Olympics Being inspired by her head teacher - Mr Potter Excelling at sports day Getting involved in the school running club Making her first GB team at 16 Achieving her first Silver medal Discovering make up later on Remembering back to the Youth Olympics Being part of a team Being inspired by female role models Looking up to Dame Kelly Holmes  Running the longer distances  Endurance sports in athletics Winter training and weekly milage  Magical Moments from the past 10 years  Finishing 4th in the final Getting a personal best (PB) in the semi finals Tactics on the start line Working with a sports psychologist Music during the warmups  Following a cool room process Training in a winter block - an approx week and what it looks like Doing a triple day  Pre-hab, stretching and rolling  Sleeping and napping Keeping injury free Maintaining motivation levels Getting out of the door Working as hard as she can Advice for more advanced runner who want to run faster Advice for getting your mojo back Going back to your reason why The importance of goals Linking her training to her period.  Working with Fitrwomen  Future goals  Funding and paying for her lifestyle Why 2020 was such a difficult year Dealing with financial stress Ending the season on a high Having a vision board and writing down goals Final words of advice     Social Media   Website: www.adelletracey.com    Instagram: @adelletracey   Twitter: @adelle_tracey   

    Steph Cooke - A mature plodder's forays in trekking and ultra racing. Marathon des Sables and going on - A Pennine Journey.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 53:54

    Steph in her own words:   “Being a very shy and uncoordinated child I used to avoid anything active until a family holiday to the Lake District ignited a passion for walking and the outdoors.    I love to get outside and active and to push my body to see just what it's capable of.    The excitement of tackling a long-distance trail appeals to me, but I also enjoy discovering the adventure my local area has to offer. I find joy in immersing myself in nature- wherever you are you can find great beauty.    Middle age is a time when people tend to slow down and stop being active. I want to inspire other people in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond that you are still capable of doing some pretty amazing things and that it's never too late for adventure.”   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons.    Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you.   Show notes Turning 50 and being passionate about getting outdoors Wanting to do more and more Being very shy and uncoordinated while growing up Doing everything to avoid physical activity Being inspired by spending time walking in the Lake District Progressing her walking and joining the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA)  Getting involved in Challenge Walks with the LDWA Deciding what challenges to do next Doing the coast to coast walk Feeling scared at the start  How her confidence grew through experience  Walking with a friend on the Isle of Man Walking the Pennine Way and why it was challenging due to lockdowns and covid Dealing with the British Weather…. Planning and preparation for walks The importance of long training walks Equipment and gear on a budget Ways to keep the costs down as a single traveller Doing her first overnight camping trip A Pennine Journey (247 miles) The plan… Food and nutrition while on the challenge Training and getting physically ready Wanting to share her stories with others Signing up for the Marathon des Sables (MDS) to document the training of the journey  Start small and build up  Running the London Marathon  Marathon des Sables Building up fitness and training for the MDS Preparing the mind and getting mentally ready for the challenge Running the wettest MDS ever! Lessons learned from finishing the MDS Dealing with stomach issues Craving coffee Follow along with Steph on social media   Part 2 A Pennie Journey The route Why things didn't quite go to plan Dealing with blisters and the Summer heat wave Building her confidence with camping and using her tent The magical moments from the experience  Getting resupply on the route Going solo and meeting other walkers Making a few changes to stay out on the trail for 17 days Dealing with blisters and pain Feeling a little disappointed at the end Final words of advice Starting small and building up Going on local adventures   Social Media   Website: www.endurance-adventures.co.uk    Instagram: @endurance_adventures    Facebook: @enduranceadventures   

    Patti Shales Lefkos - Journalist, Adventure Traveller and Author of: Nepal One day at a time.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 34:09

    Patti Shales Lefkos is a Canadian writer and journalist. Her Himalayan adventure travel memoir Nepal One Day at a Time celebrates her creative non-fiction debut.   Nepal One Day at a Time is the story of her first trekking trip on her own.   Born and raised in Toronto, she has also lived in Neuchatel, Switzerland and Vancouver.    Following a rewarding career as a teacher, educational consultant, administrator and advocate for inner city children, Patti studied journalism at Langara University. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Toronto Teachers' College, Simon Fraser University and the Wilderness Leadership Program at Capilano College.   In 2006 she set out to pursue international adventure travel.    Whether canoeing the Yukon River, backcountry skiing in BC's Monashee Mountains, hiking in Scotland's Outer Hebrides or trekking in Tibet and Nepal, she embraces the culture and environment of wilderness areas.    When not travelling, she skis downhill, nordic and backcountry from her home base at SilverStar Mountain Resort in BC's Okanagan Valley.    In summer she paddles canoe, kayak and stand up paddle board at her Ontario island cottage.   Listen to Patti on the Tough Girl Podcast. New episodes go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time.   Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Good Morning! Who is Patti and what she does Where her love and passion for the outdoors came from Buying her first typewriter and wanting to be a writer Lost Horizon by James Hilton  Becoming an outdoor girl Doing all the expected things and becoming a teacher Moving west to Vancouver  Working in inner city schools Riding her bike to school and doing her first marathon Moving from marathon to triathlon Meeting her husband Barry Not travelling until they retired in their 60s Heading to England in 2007 and walking the coast to coast  Taking on bigger adventures and going to higher and higher levels of altitude Spending time in Nepal Wanting to volunteer in Nepal in 2014 Having to go solo at 67 Facing her fears to go by herself Making the transition from working full time to being retired Writing the articles she wants to write about adventure travel Choosing her work Her first experience of travelling and trekking to altitude Making a list of her fears  Her plans for Nepal The biggest challenge while out trekking Writing her first book Supporting the village affected by the earthquake in 2015 The realities of starting a non profit Figuring out what is good help to provide Why 97% of the money goes to Nepal The realties of trekking at altitude in your late 60s Bucket list destinations Final words of advice  The power of spending time with young people and being of service   Social Media   Website :  pattishaleslefkos.com   Facebook: @plefkos   Facebook Non-profit Nepal One Day at a Time Society on Facebook    Buy Patti's book NEPAL ONE DAY AT A TIME on Amazon   Partner NGO in Kathmandu, Nepal. Sambhav Nepal   Recommended Trekking Company in Kathmandu, Nepal. Ace the Himalaya   IN CANADA:   How to buy NEPAL ONE DAY AT A TIME book directly from Patti   COST:  $32 ($25 for the book, $7 for postage)   All profits go to education in Ratmate and Aprik Villages, Gorkha, Nepal.   BY CHEQUE:    Mail cheque for $32 to Patti Lefkos Box 3093Vernon, BC. V1B3M1 *** REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS***   BY eTRANSFER:   $32 to pattilefkos@shaw.ca ***REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS***  

    Anisah Patas - Disabled/chronically ill outdoor enthusiast who enjoys everything from hiking to wild swimming and more.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 36:37

    Anisah is the founder of the new blog: Outside Our Way which features interviews from other disabled and chronically ill folks, sharing their stories of their outdoor experiences.   Anisah in her own words:   My name is Ani. I have multiple chronic illnesses and I am disabled. That probably brings an image to your mind of what it means to be ‘disabled', But when you look up the definition of ‘disability' you'll find various ways you can categorise it - as well as plenty of opinions about what it means to be disabled.   The UK Equality Act 2010 classifies disability as: “a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.”    The truth is there are so many variations and types of impairments that fit this definition. There are visible physical disabilities, there are hidden physical disabilities, there are learning disabilities, and there are mental health disabilities. The variations and combinations are endless and as a result each person's disability or impairment is unique. How that affects their daily life is completely individual to them.   I have what is called hidden disabilities or invisible illnesses. I'm diagnosed with Lupus SLE and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD). I have chronic pain, fatigue and memory loss along with other symptoms that affect me daily.    People often think that I'm not disabled or chronically ill.  There's a common stereotype that comes to a lot of people's minds when the words “sick” or “disabled” is used, and like so many I don't really fit that image. Most of the time when you look at me I don't look like I'm in pain or fatigued. I walk without aids. I take part in active outdoor activities.    People don't realise that I don't look in pain or fatigued because I have a lifetime's worth of experience pretending I'm not. I time my painkillers to kick in before I see someone. I'll make sure the environment I'm in when I'm with people is one that won't drain too much energy or add to the pain. I'll plan my week prior and after to ensure I'm rested enough and won't crash.    Finally, when I'm too exhausted to handle a simple conversation despite all my planning and methods… I will cancel and you will not see me in that state at all. The same amount of work goes into planning any outdoor activities. I have to use tactics and creative methods just to take part. I need extra preparations and plans to get by in a world that was created with non-disabled people in mind. This is the aspect of disability that people might miss.    Which brings me to the question - how can we help change this?   I can only be an expert on my own experience/disability/illness (and even then, that's iffy!). After brief conversations with others with chronic illnesses or disabilities, I have come across some amazing tips to help manage my own disabilities outdoors. I have found people who can relate to my feelings like no-one else can, and have helped me pass challenges I'd previously faced alone. I've realised that there's so much that I don't know about people who are chronically ill/disabled and so much more I should learn.    I want to talk to people with different disabilities and conditions to mine. I want to see what challenges they face when they access the outdoors, what hurdles they have to navigate when going outdoors. I want to ask them what everyone should do to flatten those hurdles as much as we can.    Outside: Our Way is a collection of interviews to show that we as a community are here. These interviews are a chance for disabled people to shape their own narratives and tell us about their way of going outside. It's aim is to shine a light on what it's really like to be an outdoor enthusiast and disabled/chronically ill.   To those who are disabled or chronically ill - I hope you can find something to relate to. There's a beautiful community that have shared experiences and can truly understand what you might think or feel.    To those who are non-disabled - I hope to show you what it takes to be disabled/chronically ill in the outdoors. And perhaps prompt you to consider how you can help us access the outdoors our way.   Listen to Ani on the tough girl podcast - New episodes go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons.    Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you.   Show notes Who is Ani Being an advocate for disability and chronic illness in the outdoor environment Getting into the outdoors and not liking it at first Getting back into the outdoors 2/3 years ago Deciding not to follow the advice  Enjoying her time in the outdoors Her life as a child and experiencing symptoms from a young age Hating going to school Learning energy management Not knowing what something was wrong dealing with pain was normal Getting the diagnosis as 12 years old Making the decision to go outside and wanting to do something Spending too much time inside Why the outdoors is her happy place Feeling empowered and enabled Learning how to balance caution and happiness Planning every aspect of her life Connecting with other women who have a similar condition Spending time around water and feeling at peace Trying to get good with cold water Making adjustments to make wild camping accessible  Figuring out how it can work for you What Outside Our Way is about The women who have inspired Ani Wanting to share her hiking journey on line Future dreams and ambitions Wanting to do a multi-day hike Hike your own hike Advice for your next adventure    Social Media   Instagram: @ani_went_outside    Outside: Our Way - A blog sharing stories from from across the outdoor sector and disability and chronic illness landscape.   Hosted by @alltheelements   www.alltheelements.co/outside-our-way   Instagram @outside_our_way    

    Annabel Abbs - Writer, walker, blogger and mother of 4. Her latest book, Windswept, uncovers long distance female walkers of the past.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 49:34


    Annabel Abbs is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. She grew up in Wales and Sussex, with stints in Dorset, Bristol and Hereford. Daughter of academic and poet, Peter Abbs, she has a degree in English Literature from the University of East Anglia and a Masters from the University of Kingston. She lives with her family in London and Sussex, and is a Fellow of the Brown Foundation.   Annabel's debut novel, The Joyce Girl, won the 2015 Impress Prize for New Writing and the 2015 Spotlight First Novel Award, and was longlisted for the 2015 Caledonia Novel Award, the 2015 Bath Novel Award and the 2016 Waverton Good Read Award. It was a Reader Pick in The Guardian 2016 and was one of ten books selected for presentation at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. Published across the world, Annabel discussed The Joyce Girl on BBC Radio 4's Soul Music. It is currently being adapted for the stage.   Her second novel, Frieda: The Originial Lady Chatterley, was a Times Book of the Month, then a Times Book of the Year 2018 and one of five novels selected for presentation to film directors at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair. Frieda has been translated into six languages. Annabel spoke about Frieda on BBC Woman's Hour.   Annabel's third novel, the story of Eliza Acton, Britain's first domestic goddess, and a best-selling cookery book writer (and a poet) will be published in the US in October 2021, by William Morrow as Miss Eliza's English Kitchen. In the UK, the novel was acquired at auction by Simon & Schuster, and will be published in spring 2022 as The Language of Food. It is currently being translated into sixteen languages. In 2021 it was optioned by Stampede Ventures and CBS.   Annabel's first non-fiction book, The Age-Well Project, was published by Little, Brown in 2019, co-written with TV producer, Susan Saunders, and based on their acclaimed blog agewellproject.com, longlisted for the 2018 UK Blog Awards.   Annabel's first foray into memoir and her first solo-authored non-fiction book, Windswept: Walking in the Footsteps of Remarkable Women, was acquired at auction by Two Roads and was published in June 2021.    In the US, Windswept was acquired by Tin House and published in September 2021, with the subtitle Walking the Paths of Trailblazing Women. Windswept tells the extraordinary stories of eight women who walked long distances in wild and often remote places as they sought their own voices. They include Simone de Beauvoir, Nan Shepherd, Georgia O'Keeffe, Gwen John and Daphne du Maurier.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons.    Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you.   Show notes Who is Annabel Her latest book Her interest in walking Being interested in women who do long distance walks in challenging environments Where are all the women walkers? Researching the women who walk Having a strange childhood How walking was a part of her education  the benefits for women walking in nature How wild places are not deemed safe for women  And why women are encouraged to stay at home and get their time in nature from being in the garden Why women DO long hikes Women from 100 years ago who went out walking Focusing on 6 women for the book Windswept  Recreating their walks  Feeling trapped at home Having family walking holidays  Planning the walks and incorporating her writing within the walks Using old maps to help plan Encouraging women to be able to navigate What Nan Shepherd said about walking in Scotland  Why river journeys and coastal journeys were quite popular Why women should learn to navigate Doing the walks solo and the challenge involved Thinking of all the things that could go wrong Why walking is so much more complication for a woman What is was like walking solo  Women and their relationships with the mountains  The struggle of mental preparation before heading out to walk solo The long history of women doing walking pilgrimages on their own Why we need to see more women out there walking The dark side of walking solo and spending time on your own Walking in Texas, USA - night hikes? The importance of legacy Final words of advice   Social Media   Website: www.annabelabbs.com    Instagram: @annabelabbs    Twitter: @annabelabbs    Book: Windswept   Windswept is a feminist exploration of walking in wild landscapes.    Annabel examines the role of walking on the lives, writings and art of several women including Gwen John, Frieda Lawrence, Nan Shepherd, Georgia O'Keeffe and Simone de Beauvoir.  As Annabel walks their paths – the empty plains of Texas, the mountains of Scotland, the rivers and forests of France – she looks back at her childhood in remote Wales and asks why women have been overlooked in the literature of wild-walking.  


    Tiphaine Muller - aka Little Miss Pedals - Cycled 20,000+ km over 14 months throughout Europe and Africa.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 43:42

    Tiphaine in her own words:   "My name is Tiphaine, I'm from France and since I was a child my parents took me backpacking in other continents. They've opened me to the world. After three years of studies to obtain my Specialized Educator diploma, I felt the urge to explore more of this planet. I went to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa for a year. The adventures I've experienced there made me reconsider my whole perspective on life.   Inspired by my short cycling trips in Australia and New Zealand, I bought a bicycle and left, in June 2017, on my 23rd birthday. I started from my home in Paris, without a real plan, without a final destination and ended up cycling 20,000 km in 14 months, half of it with Martin (@hi.martin.cycles).    This trip, more than any others, showed me that dreams can come true and that travelling is a matter of motivation. Since then, I dare to live a different life, “unstable”, full of changes, adventures, experiences, that make me who I am today.”   Listen to Tiphaine on the tough girl podcast.   New episodes go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons.    Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you.   Show notes Who is Tiphaine Wanting some adventure  Deciding to head to Australia on a working holiday  Wanting to continue living this different lifestyle Her younger years and spending time backpacking with her family  Not being afraid of travelling solo Having a plan verses being more flexible and playing things by ear Wanting to join the Civil Service in France Rethinking her whole perspective on life Realising how little you need to be happy Coming back to Paris after 15 months of travelling Not knowing what to do next  Paying for her cycle trip and saving up money Why its cheap to travel by bike Keeping costs down while on the road Leaving Paris on her 23rd Birthday  The route and the plan Meeting Martin in Africa @hi.martin.cycles and deciding to cycle across the Sahara together Using Warmshowers in Europe  Wanting to explore more of Africa and heading to East Africa for 7 months Dealing with elephants close to the tent!  Resupply and accommodation in Africa  Route planning and the challenging in Europe  Trying to pick the nicer routes and avoiding the main roads Maintaining the bike on a long journey  Not knowing how to change a flat tyre at the start Buying a simple bike for 450 EURO Learning new skills on the road Writing her first e-book: Little Miss Pedals: 20,000 km on a bicycle through Europe and Africa  Final words of advice to encourage you to take on your own challenge or adventure. Why it's worth it!   Social Media   Website: www.dreamsontracks.com    Instagram: @littlemisspedals    Facebook: @littlemisspedals    Book: Little Miss Pedals: 20,000 km on a bicycle through Europe and Africa   

    Aneela McKenna - Diversity, Inclusion and Well-being manager, MTB Guide and Coach, Go Where Scotland, Founder of Mòr Diversity.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 43:28

    Aneela is passionate about encouraging people from all walks of life to ride bikes and she works with individuals, organisations and the cycling industry to encourage wider participation. She works tirelessly to increase diversity in cycling and mountain biking and firmly believes that mountain biking is more than a sport - she's a champion of the wider benefits of mountain biking in building confidence, strength and resilience in everyday life.   With 20 years+ diversity and inclusion experience, Aneela is particularly interested in diversity and wellbeing; women in MTB leadership; diversity role models; young girls in sport and promoting mental health. She offers training and workshops; inspiring talks and presentations; diversity audits; participation and engagement activities as well as professional advice and consultancy.   ANEELA'S JOURNEY 20 years+  Diversity and Inclusion experience in the public sector Co-Chair, British Cycling's new Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group 10 years+ running Go-Where Scotland 5+ years professional MBL/Level 3 mountain bike guide Board Member and Secretary of Tweed Valley Trails Association Cycling UK Trail Inspector, and, Trail Maintenance Coordinator Cycling UK Outdoor Expedition qualification  Masters Degree, Equality and Discrimination, University of Strathclyde Personal Fitness Trainer   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons.    Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you.   Show notes Who is Aneela Her early years  Growing up in Glasgow How her parents moved over from Pakistan  Visiting Pakistan  Her dreams as a little girl Getting into mountain biking Pivotal moments from being on the mountain bike Taking friends out on the bike Her journey of becoming a coach and leader Giving people the opportunity to empower themselves  Not having a great experience in childhood Being the only women during the assessment and training Being worried about being the only woman  Being supported by her husband Lost opportunities  Having to have faith in herself Battling again self doubt Being encouraged by her tutor  Having to prove herself in a male environment Changes in the mountain biking industry over the past 10 years Creating empowering spaces Encouraging women to take the next step The lack of role models and how it is chaining slowly Encouraging women to become coaches Being inspired by her friends  The FNY Collective and what it stands for… What the word fanny means in Scotland Getting charity status and being able to look for funding How many bikes… Being an ambassador for Juliana Bicycles The power of bikes  Working to support refugees  Working with Endura Sport  Working on a film about - bikes, love and discrimination “After the Storm” premiere at Kendal Mountain Festival  Advice for other women for being brave The power of knowing you are not alone Advice to encourage women to try mountain biking Being on a learning journey and why everyone has to start somewhere #Ridemòr (mòr - big and great)   Social Media   Go-Where | Ridemòr - Scotland's award-winning curator of guided & self-guided bicycle experiences. Advocates for wellbeing, diversity & inclusion. #ridemòr #mòrdiversity   www.go-where.co.uk   Instagram: @gowherescotlandmtb    Facebook: @gowherescotland    Personal   Instagram @mrsgowherescotland   Twitter: @AneelaMckenna    MÒR DIVERSITY -  From diversity, inclusion and wellbeing to leadership and resilience training - we offer professional services to help unlock the human potential of organisations.   Website - www.mordiversity.com   The FNY Collective - The FNY collective: a group of Badass women passionate about riding bikes and getting more women sharing the fun on two wheels.    Website - www.thefnycollective.co.uk    Instagram @the_fny_collective  

    Erica Terblanche - Endurance Runner and Adventure Racer, on a mission to share the joy of running. Author of - “Run For The Love Of Life”

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 50:27

    Erica Terblanche is an accomplished endurance runner and adventure racer and has won numerous iconic long-distance races all over the world, including the gruelling Racing the Planet 7-day Sahara Desert Ultra Marathon among many others.   Erica is a Life Coach and psychologist with a master's degree in Positive Psychology. She is also the founder of Teach a Girl to Fish, Thrive Guru & Thrive Run Club. Her lifelong quest is to determine how we can over time shape and mould ourselves to become ‘the best we can possibly be'.   At heart Erica is an outdoor enthusiast with over 20 years of adventure experiences.   Erica in her own words on Adventure Racing:   “Adventure Racing was a wonderful vehicle for access to extreme adventures - and over a period of five years I experienced the most extraordinary adventures while running, cycling, canyoneering, river rafting, sea kayaking, and rappelling in some of the most wild landscapes in the world and often with less than an hour of sleep a day for races that spanned five days.    This sport helped push my boundaries and has helped me to become an accomplished ultra distance trail runner, winning a number of the big 7-day stage races.    I now live in Cape Town where I run Thrive Guru and Thrive Run Club. My intention with both is to get people moving and to help people build and live their best, most vital, most fulfilling and happiest lives.”   Erica is the Author of “Run for the Love of Life” which was published on the 4th of November 2021.    Erica wrote the book to share her adventures, to motivate people to get up, get going and get out into nature. Erica wants people to know that they can do far more than they imagine they can.    Erica wants the book to inspire people to take that very first step and to find their tribe - a community of people that will support them on the journey.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons.    Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and sign up - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you.   Show notes Who is Erica and what she does Being a keen advocate to encourage people to get into the outdoors Living in Cape Town now Starting an adventure company - Teach a girl to Fish Studying positive psychology  Being interesting in how we can come the very best of ourselves Focusing on the outdoors Finding out about her childhood, growing up on a farm and spending time outside Catching her first fish at 6 years old Learning not to be scared of the outdoors  Having a lot of freedom from a young age Bravery? Being inspired by her fearless mum Raising girl children differently from boy children Knowing in your body that you are strong Her passion for running and where it came from Getting into running in her early 30s Falling in love with Adventure Racing Not being an athlete and going to the World Championships in Adventure Racing! How women improve as races go on, especially coming into their own by day 3 Pushing her body to the limits and the lessons from the edge of the experience  The races which really challenge her Racing the Grand to Grand Ultra, USA. 275 km in 6 stages, over 7 days.  Being unwilling to give up and being able to grit it out. Racing as hard as she could and sticking to her own game plan Women who run with wolves Practical tips and tricks to help you keep going Start slowly and finish strong Tips for running in the heat Why Erica loves the deserts and spending time in that space Feeling empowered by the sunshine The importance of Vitamin D (especially in the UK) Dealing with Raynaud's  Menopause and how its impacted on running and adventure racing The impact on Vo2 max Being more deliberate about the supplements she takes Being excited about the next stage of her life and wanting to be even more resilient “Run For The Love of Life” - the goal and purpose of the book Thrive Run Club and encouraging people to take the first step Final words of advice for other women who want to get into running and live their best life The power of community and finding your tribe    Social Media   Personal - Instagram: @erica_terblanche   Business - Thrive Guru Coaching, Thrive Run Club and Teach A Girl to Fish.   Positive psychologist, transformative life coach, internationally accomplished endurance athlete, organisational change and strategy expert   Website: www.thrive-guru.com    Instagram: @thrive_guru    @thrive_run_club    Facebook: @thrivegurus   FB Thrive Run Club    Teach a Girl to Fish - We take women on out-of-the-ordinary walking, biking and kayaking adventures.  If you enjoy being active and exploring beautiful places, especially near the big blue ocean, this is for you.  Our expeditions create the perfect conditions for you to unwind, to reconnect with nature and to rekindle your inner spark.   Website: teachagirltofish.co.uk    Facebook: @TAG2F   

    Kisha Jarrett - Black Girl In The Woods. A journey of self-discovery, documenting a thru-hike of the 1,200 mile Pacific Northwest Trail.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 47:28

    Kisha in her own words:   “I grew up in Virginia, a gymnast and cheerleader, playing softball and soccer. I knew I was bound to do something special, but I didn't know what.   When it comes to my career, I'm often called a ‘bad-ass.' As the Managing Director of Portland's Artists Repertory Theatre, I feel at home on a stage in front of thousands of people. When it comes to spending time outside, however, I wasn't what you would call an “outdoors woman.”   I didn't camp. I didn't spend hours in the woods. Yet, when I moved to Portland, I found a love I didn't know existed: my love of hiking. Days spent exploring all of the swimming holes and waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest transitioned into my first solo trip to Reykjavнk, Iceland.    I scuba-dived, hiked through Gullfoss, Skуgafoss, Hengifoss, and fiingvellir, and I HIKED UP AND THROUGH A GLACIER! Me! All 240 pounds of me.    I became a superhuman on that trip. I'm a fat, Black woman with Lupus who hikes glaciers, mutherf*ckers! My outdoor exploration unlocked something in me. After that, I was unstoppable!   When I returned home, I wanted to hike all the time. I bought sturdy hiking shoes. I started reading outdoor magazines, watching Eco-Challenge and going into every outdoor store. I was inspired…but I never saw anyone that looked like me.   I didn't let that stop me. I've been moving since, continuing to have solo journeys and proving to myself time after time that just because I look the way I do, doesn't mean I'm not strong and powerful - nor does it mean that these adventures are not for me!”   “I'm undertaking my biggest challenge yet. I am hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail, from the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean. I am hiking to change the narrative. It matters to me to share my journey because not only did I not think I couldn't do this as a child, but I never even knew stuff like this existed.   I know my story will have bigger resonance with others. I know I can be the representation I never saw. I want to offer an invitation to a journey of self-discovery and an introduction to a lifelong passion.  And I hope we can do this together. — Kisha Jarrett”   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons.    Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you.   Show notes Who is Kisha and what she does The traditional lands of Portland Moving to Portland 5 years ago Growing up in a small town in Virginia Not spending time in the outdoors Falling in love with hiking  Going on her first solo travel trip to Iceland Climbing a glacier and feeling empowered Being diagnosed with lupus  Wanting to do all the things Heading to Bali in Feb 2020 Why Iceland Being told that she couldn't do it.  Becoming more aware of her body  The pivotal moments Taking the first steps into living a life of adventure Google! Looking different and not seeing herself in the media Black Girl in the Woods The dream of thru-hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail  Looking for exploration and a different type of challenge Deciding not to do a solo thru hike How the documentary came about  Finding information about Native Land in USA Native Land App  Preparations for thru hiking Finding gear to fit her body Getting a pack fitted Learning over the past year by doing Thinking about impact planning Financials of a thru hike  Planning to hike in summer 2022 Needing to hike in an alternative manner  Dealing with the setbacks from the first thru-hike Processing and dealing with the experience Feeling disappointed and moving forward Recovering from surgery Top tips to encourage you to start   Social Media   Black Girl In The Woods - chronicles Kisha Jarrett's 1,200-mile journey as a Black, plus-sized woman with chronic pain thru-hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail.   Website: www.blackgirlinthewoods.org    Instagram:   @black.girl.in.the.woods    @kisha.j    Twitter: @BGITW_doc   

    Elise Wortley - Writer and Adventurer. Women with Altitude. Following in the footsteps of legendary female adventurers with no modern equipment!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 53:54


    Elise in her own words:   “To me, Alexandra David-Néel's book My Journey to Lhasa was one of those books I just couldn't get over. You know when you read a book or see a film and you keep thinking about it for weeks afterwards, it was like that. Except that with this book, I never stopped thinking about it. The book recounts the final six months of Alexandra's epic 14 year journey through Asia, her quest to reach the forbidden city of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Against all odds, dressed as a poor pilgrim, she reached Lhasa in 1924.   12 years after reading this book for the first time, I was still wondering just how she managed to achieve what she did. 14 years of dealing with the cold, the wet, illness and of course the constant pressure and difficulty that came with being a female traveller in the early 1900s.   So, I decided to act on that idea that had always been in the back of my mind - to recreate Alexandra's journey in some way, and to experience life travelling as a woman as closely as she would have done. I realised that the only way to truly do this, and to truly do her journey justice would be to do exactly as she did, taking with me only what she had. This meant NO modern day mountain equipment. So with my yak wool coat, a wooden backpack I made out of an old chair and an all-female team in tow, I set off in search of a special cave, the worlds third highest mountain and answers to questions I'd had for the last 13 years.    After returning from this life-changing first expedition, I realised that the stories and achievements of histories female explorers like Alexandra should be celebrated and never forgotten. I've made it my mission to bring these stories back to life, to inspire this generation and the next the same way they have inspired me. In July 2019 I set off on my second adventure to the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland, to follow in the footsteps of Nan Shepherd, one of the UK's best known nature writers and mountain wanderers.”   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons.    Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you.   Show notes Who is Elise/lise and how she would describe herself Reading Alexandra David-Néel book "My Journey to Lhasa" at 16 years old  Growing up in the country side and spending lots of time in the outdoors  Not knowing what she wanted to do Doing an art degree and wanting to be an artist Starting to work at a travel company  Starting Women with Altitude website  Deciding to do the first trip at 28 years young The planning and preparation process Trying to find the old equipment Figuring out the route  The gear…. and why it was better than you think Heading over to India for the start of the journey  Being joined by a filmmaker (Emily) and a local guide (Jangu) The magical moments from the trip   Dealing with the altitude sickness and the cold  Managing periods while on the adventure  Spending a month in the mountains Finding the cave where Alexandra meditated for 2 years Tummo breathing  After completing the challenge and heading home  Dealing with anxiety, panic attacks and having a lack of confidence Wanting to take on a new adventure  Trying to highlight a woman from the UK - The Nan Shephered Trip Who is Nan Shepherd?  Her book - The Living Mountain  Making a plan to go to Scotland What her time in Scotland was like  Being vegetarian and trying to eat like the 1940s Not having any modern equipment  What days were like Dealing with the nerves before the trip starts Journey number 3 Grace O'Malley the Pirate Queen of Ireland  Dame Freya Madeline Stark DBE - Anglo-Italian explorer and travel writer. Figuring out how much things costs and paying for challenges Pitching the idea to TV channels The women who have inspired Elise Final words of advice   Social Media   Website: www.womanwithaltitude.com    Instagram: @woman_with_altitude    Facebook: @womanwithaltitude    Twitter: @altitudewoman    Jangu    IG @jangu_adventures   Emily Almond Barr - Film maker   Website - www.emilyalmondbarr.com   Instagram: @emilyalmondbarr     


    Clare Rutter - Paddlesports & outdoors enthusiast. A traumatic brain injury survivor and was the 2020/21 British Canoeing #ShePaddles Ambassador for Canoe Wales.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 46:46

    Clare Rutter grew up in rural, coastal west Wales with childhood days often spent with her brother playing and exploring in nature, climbing trees, jumping hay bales, cycling the green and lush country lanes and time spent on the beaches exploring rockpools, playing in the sand and swimming in the sea. Everyday was a mini-adventure in Clare's eyes which was only added to by joining the Brownies, the Guides and later the Scouts when girls were (finally!) permitted to join across all age sections. At age 6 and continuing through her participation in these youth organisations, Clare began her journey in paddlesport thoroughly enjoying kayaking and canoeing.    Now, after more than 25 years spent in the Scouts, Clare has many ‘on the water' hours paddling and has been on many Scouting adventures including working at a large, commercial Scout summer camp and activity centre, expeditioning in Africa, multi-day tall ship sailing, led the Welsh Contingent at a Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree and volunteered as a staff member at two World Scout Jamborees in both England and Japan.    As studying for a degree, worklife and life in general took over; paddlesport unfortunately had to take a back seat. In 2016, Clare fulfilled one of her lifelong goals and moved abroad to Gran Canaria which in itself was an almighty adventure. Unfortunately, Clare experienced some kind of a medical episode whilst on her way home from work, passed out, hit the deck and entered a 30 minute unconscious seizure state. This episode resulted in a life changing traumatic brain injury.    After several months with no signs of recovery from the resulting symptoms which included headaches/migraines, severe fatigue, insomnia, tics and balance and cognitive issues and declining mental health; Clare decided to give up her home in the sun and return to Wales for further neurological investigation and treatment and to have the support of her family and friends. Clare, at this point was mostly bed bound and used a stick to aid walking but returned to Scouting as illness allowed.    Clare's Brain Injury Team Occupational Therapist encouraged her into some further volunteering which, returning to her childhood roots, she undertook at a local outdoor activities centre offering land and water adventures including canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.    A change in medication tackled Clare's condition to the point where she could function better on a daily basis, could ditch the walking stick and experience better mental health. After a season at the centre, Clare was offered a full-time position which she gladly accepted and begun her journey towards training and qualifications to be a paddlesports Instructor on a permanent basis.    A short time after the first Covid-19 lockdown, Clare was informed that she had been selected from multiple applications to be the first ever women's paddling ambassador for Wales, a #ShePaddles Ambassador; a role to tackle the low numbers of females getting into and staying in paddlesport. Despite the lockdowns, Clare threw herself into the voluntary role and together with Canoe Wales and British Canoeing had an incredibly successful first year providing an online Welsh women's friendly and welcoming paddling networking hub and providing paddlesport taster sessions to hundreds of females at #ShePaddles ‘On Tour' events across Wales.    Whilst still battling illness, known as Post-Concussion Syndrome, with her symptoms mostly masked, Clare is now a full time, qualified Paddlesports Instructor & Leader and regularly supports clients with neurological conditions, mental health issues and a range of disabilities enabling participation, enjoyment and progression in paddlesports utilising the outdoors as therapy and rehabilitation as she did.    She's also a guest speaker speaking at events sharing her motivational and inspirational brain injury story and is still heavily involved in #ShePaddles and #ShePaddlesCymru (in Wales). Clare is passionate about paddlesport and you'll usually find her on the water in her spare time, committed to relearning, redefining and challenging herself and her abilities to prove that given some adaptations and self-belief that almost anything can be achieved. Aside from paddlesport, Clare also enjoys writing, camping, geocaching, photography and videography and enjoys sharing her experiences, challenges and adventures across her social media channels.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Clare Growing up in Wales by the coast Being a paddlesports instructor and a scout leader Getting into swimming at a young age Going into Brownies and then joining the scouts when girls were allowed in Collecting all the interest badges Wanting to join the police force and wanting to help people Getting into paddlesports Going to university as a mature student Getting her level 2 youth work qualification What it was like going back to university as a mature student Her twenties working as a chef and in security Her lifelong goal to live and work abroad in a hot sunny place Starting to learn Spanish Moving to Spain! The reality of living and working abroad Making friends Having a medical episode in 2017 Being taken to the hospital Finally getting to see a doctor and getting a CT scan done Being housebound for 6 weeks Not knowing what to do and thinking she was going to die Struggling on for 9 months Deciding to move back to Wales Getting the support she needed Using a walking stick to help her walk Trying new medication and starting to feel better within 48hrs Being encouraged to get into volunteering Being encouraged and supported  Being offered a full time job Lessons from having a brain injury Being back in the outdoors and spending time in the sea and river Getting qualifications in paddlesports Learning how to manage her fatigue Wanting to encourage other women to get into paddlesports #ShePaddles why it was created and what it does Getting her life back together  Trying to encourage more women and girls to get into paddlesports thinking creatively and being supported by Canoe Wales Creating a FB Group for women  Getting into paddle boarding (SUP - Stand Up Paddle board) Needing something to look forward to  Supporting women who don't have gear but still want to have ago Having a supportive boss - www.adventurebeyond.co.uk  Practical tips and advice for women and girls to get into paddlesports The She Paddles Effect Final words of advice - why there is always an opportunity you can create or take advantage of   Social Media   Personal Website: www.clarerutter.com    Instagram: @clare_rutter.ba.hons    Facebook: @clarerutter.DBA    Facebook groups: Women's Paddling Community and #ShePaddlesCymru     Hashtags: #ShePaddles #ShePaddlesCymru   Twitter: @clare_rutter    Other Resources:   www.britishcanoeing.org.uk   www.canoewales.com  

    Kwesia X - aka City Girl in Nature - Giving back by promoting her passion and love for nature to engage young people from inner cities.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 40:21

    Kwesia grew up in Deptford, an inner city area of South-East London. Along with many of her friends, neighbours and peers, she experienced a great deal of challenges that come with living in an area, and with people, who have been neglected, excluded and marginalized.   At 17, Kwesia found herself homeless, moving from sofa to sofa. Her life was chaotic, often harsh, without any meaning and lacking a clear sense of direction or purpose.   At her lowest point, Kwesia received an opportunity to become apart of a British Exploring Society's expedition to the Peruvian Amazon Rain-forest. Grabbing the opportunity, Kwesia spent 3 weeks in a remote part of the jungle, with no phone, and no contact with the outside world, with a group of individuals she barely knew.   It was a life-changing experience for her.  She experienced the beauty of nature, there was no judgement, just new friendships, new energy, a chance to be herself, to experience new energy and to think about new opportunities.   On her return to the UK, Kwesia wanted to give back to her community, she wanted to connect with young people like herself, and inspire them to spend time in nature, to give them new opportunities and new experiences away from their life of poverty and hardship.     Kwesia created, City Girl in Nature. This was her way to share her love and passion for the outdoors, and her belief that everybody should have the chance to be healed, to be nourished, and to live a life filled with abundance.     New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons.    Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you.   Show notes Who Kwesia and what she does Being based in South East London Growing up in Deptford Being homeless at 17 Not getting on well with her mum Struggling to get support and the challenges of finding housing Not having a place to call home Dealing with inner city trauma  Having to be resilient from a young age Going to college and working as a football coach Getting the opportunity to go to the Amazon with the British Exploring Society Not having any experience of the outdoors Being open to learning and connecting with others Going on a practice weekend and getting to meet other members who were going on an expedition Heading out to the jungle! Being sponsored  Concerns about going on the expedition What camp life was like Being apart of a “fire” group  The lessons learned from the expedition Being a leader  Taking a while to process what happened on expedition The power of spending time in nature Speaking at the Adventure Mind conference Being featured in Belinda Kirk's book - Adventure Revolution Trying to figure out how to give back to her community Her Youtube Online Series  Speaking with Rhiane from Black Girls Hike Getting out into nature  Top tips for women and girls for getting into the outdoors Why its important to find what you enjoy How can people support and get involved with City Girl In Nature Final words of advice to share with you.    Social Media   Website: citygirlinnature.com    Instagram: @citygirlinnature    Twitter: @citygirlnature    Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC9jqCgQ5rOBHV5EVj0vwFyw    Donate/Support City Girl In Nature - www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=Z3VU9MJTB6K5Y   

    Jessie Stevens - Youth Climate Activist, outdoors enthusiast and founder of the movement People Pedal Power. Cycling 570 miles from Devon to Glasgow #ride2COP26

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 34:48

    Jessie in her own words:   “It would be a lie to say that I have always been aware of the climate crisis, because I haven't. Frankly, that is the problem.   Whilst always enjoying spending time in nature whether that be up at our allotment or walking on the wilds of Dartmoor right on my doorstep, it was only a few years ago that I became aware of the dire straights our climate is in.   It was at this moment that like many youth activists, I began to realise that I really had no choice but to fight for it. This didn't mean that it necessarily was something I wanted to do, because most young people just want a care free experience as they grow and develop, and activism is certainly not these things. However, I felt a duty to do this, because the vast majority of adults around me and in society were choosing not to.   It was then that I decided to create People Pedal Power and cycle to COP26 both as a personal challenge and as a way to bring the many individuals concerned about the Climate Crisis together. As a way to highlight the power and joy that is created when people come together to create change.   I am a youth activist who cares deeply about the power of people to create change and this is exactly what I want People Pedal Power to do. The idea to start the movement came from my fears that more inaction would come from this upcoming COP. I knew that we didn't have time for this to occur, as this summit has to be the one where real change is created, if not by our leaders but by the power of individuals creating collective action. As can be seen from the youth climate movement across the world, individuals really do have the power to create change, and so I decided to harness this!   I also believe in the immense power that words and storytelling have in helping us as individual to learn, understand and ultimately engage in the climate crisis. I have been trying to do this for the past 2 years with my monthly newspaper columns and other writing projects which discuss the climate crisis from the youth perspective.”   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons.    Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you.   Show notes Who is Jessie Being interested in the environment  Being aware of the climate emergency  Wanting to make a difference  Being on a learning journey  Delaying with climate anxiety and climate grief Is the climate a concern for young people Why it's a split issue Wanting to find your tribe Growing up and being supported by her family Studying for A'Levels at 6th fort What does being a Youth Climate Activist mean How Jessie is driving change Being passionate about writing Hearing from the youth Growing up in the 2000s What is - People Pedal Power What is COP (Conference of the Parties) COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland  Adults putting profits before people. Wanting to get the youth voice into the political sphere.  Partnering with the Adventure Syndicate How the partnership is going to work Creating a cargo bike relay  Why it's not just shouting about what's wrong Why the moment is going to be joyful and highlighting the issues and the way forward How the movement has evolved Getting into cycling and loving the journey  The route and the logistics of cycling from Devon to Glasgow Making sure to factor in mental rest  Riding 570 miles and hoping the training has paid off Concerns about the journey and thinking about the impact of the weather Dealing with all of the unknowns about the challenge  How it's going to work once she's arrived in Glasgow  Working with Eco-Schools  Wanting to bring more of a youth perspective to the summit Tough Girl Podcast Extra episode coming on the 13th November to follow up with Jessie and her journey. What does Jessie want to happen over the next few weeks. Good luck to Jessie!   Social Media   People Pedal Power - Demanding Climate action and greener more accessible transport.   Website: httpspeoplepeddlepower.wordpress.com/   Instagram: @people_pedal_power     The Adventure Syndicate is a collective of extraordinary cyclists who happen to be women and who aim to challenge what others think they are capable of.   Website - theadventuresyndicate.com    Instagram: @adventuresynd  

    Kirsty Pallas - Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor. Founder of Our Shared Outdoors, and panellist on, On the Outside Podcast.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 38:40

    Kirsty in her own words:   “I'm a mixed-race freelance mountaineering and climbing instructor from the west coast of Scotland. I love being able to introduce and share so many of the incredible Scottish environments, whether it's the mountains in full winter conditions or a beautifully still sea with views out to the Hebrides.    Climbing in all forms is pretty much my life but earlier this year I also started mountain biking and roller skating, which are both great fun and very different!    Outside of work and play, I've been a member of Oban Mountain Rescue Team since 2013. I'm a callout manager and the Training Officer on the team, and love being able to give something back to the mountaineering community.    I'm the founder of Our Shared Outdoors, an organisation set up to tackle and change the lack of diversity in the outdoors and promote underrepresented groups. I'm really passionate about making outdoor communities as accessible as possible to everyone, because it should be!   I'm also a panellist on On the Outside podcast, where we discuss outdoor news in the UK with a panel of diverse outdoor enthusiasts.”   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please visit www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Kirsty What she does Her passions and interests Moving up to Scotland when she was 9 years old Getting to spend time in the outdoors as a child Her dreams as a little girl How she got into outdoor instructing  Doing work experience at an outdoor centre  Becoming a volunteer during the summer holidays Getting an outdoor education apprenticeship  What was involved in being an apprentice  What she loves about her job Mixing her passion for the outdoors with her job Deciding to join the Mountain Rescue Team as a volunteer  What the call out manager does The stresses of the job Wanting people to be as prepared as possible for the outdoors Being a founder of Our Shared Outdoors  Changing the narrative  Call to the Mountains Film (Jan 2020)  The women who inspire Kirsty Advice for women who want to start doing their qualifications Summer and Winter Mountain Leader Training  Why we need to go and do it Being a panelist On the Outside Podcast  The barriers that stop people going outdoors Struggling with equipment and finding kit to fit The changes over the past 10 years How the statics haven't changed in 30 years Having a 10% female membership…. Why women are less likely to wing it Support for women who have children  Dealing with skill fade Kirsty's favourite walk/hike up in Scotland   Social Media   Personal -  Instagram: @kirstypallas    Facebook: @kirstypallas    Our Shared Outdoors - An organisation working to redefine the outdoor narrative to become inclusive to all. Join our community by sharing experiences #oursharedoutdoors    Instagram: @oursharedoutdoors    Facebook: @oursharedoutdoors    On the Outside Podcast Launched Summer 2021 - is a UK based news-panel podcast sharing diverse views on outdoors news.   Instagram: @ontheoutsidepod    Facebook: @ontheoutsidepod   

    Lindsay Dare Shoop OLY - Athlete & Educator - Using my physical capacity and love of learning to help people. Author of Better Great Than Never

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 57:19

    Lindsay is a coach, author, speaker, and lifelong athlete. She is an Olympic gold medalist, a three-time World Champion, five-time World Cup medalist, and a National Rowing Hall of Fame inductee. Lindsay lives in Florida, where she daily seeks to mentor, inspire, and improve the lives of others by sharing her knowledge of health and wellness along with her journey of self-discovery from ultimate defeat, to Olympic gold. Think of any sport, and Lindsay played it growing up. She was a driven athlete, good student, and happy teenager. But when she went to college, everything changed. She quit basketball, gained weight, and skipped classes. Her drive was gone.  After a sleepless night and fateful turn of events, Lindsay made the decision to become her best self. She discovered rowing, and the sport became her outlet for transformation.  In just one year she became an NCAA Division-I All-American; in four, she broke a world record and won her first World Championship.  Within six years, Lindsay won Olympic gold.  In Better Great Than Never, Lindsay shows you how to seize your full potential by removing self-imposed limitations. She demonstrates how to embrace every step, good and bad, to find greatness.  For Lindsay, life isn't about winning. As long as you learn throughout your journey, you can never lose.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.  The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Being based in Miami Beach Florida Working in Ocean Rescue Being an athlete and an educator Dreaming about the Olympics… Being very sporty from a young age and playing a whole variety of different sports Graduating from high school at 17 Going to the University of Virginia  Stumbling across rowing in her junior year at rowing Not feeling confident at playing sports at college level Being tall at school and feeling awkward while growing up Falling in love with rowing  Why there is always something that you can be improving in What motivates Lindsay  How sports psychologists played a role in her rowing Learning from every opportunity  Being self reflective and being intrinsically motivated What does it take to achieve at these high levels What training was involved  Her first day or rowing practice Learning to be accountable to ourselves, our equipment and to one another Why sleep was the most important thing Wiring a book about her story and being able to reflect back on her journey  Staying injury free for 7.5 years Removing as much stress as possible  Keeping detailed training logs Sleeping for 10 hrs a night and taking naps during the day Starting rowing January 2002 and winning medals a few years later Even through it was hard, it was fun Knowing what her role was in the boat Being the connector  The Beijing Olympic Games Why it's just another race Go out and do what you do  Doing extra deep breathing to relax What it was like sitting at the start line Why nerves on the start line are a good thing 6 mins - 6 secs Getting into a flow state and just feeling Reflecting back on the journey  the luxury of being an athlete Where you can find Lindsay on the Socials Having a middle name “Dare” Advice for other women who want to dare to be great Why her advice is Patience Staying Patience, Positive & Determined throughout the process Finding the one thing and to do well   Social Media Website: www.lindsaydareshoop.com  Instagram: @LindsayDareShoop Youtube - www.youtube.com/channel/UCQEzWRsCnke6ws_wJTKg8uQ/about  Book:  Better Great Than Never: Believing It's Possible Is Where Champions Begin   

    Jenny Valentish - New book: Everything Harder Than Everyone Else: Why some of us push our bodies to extremes. Exploring the fine line between hedonism & endurance.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 38:09

    Jenny Valentish has been devoted to dancing around the void for many decades, first in the pub and then the boxing ring as a kickboxer. Jenny is the author of the acclaimed Woman of Substance: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment and her new book, Everything Harder Than Everyone Else: Why Some of Us Push Our Bodies to Extremes.   About the book: There is a part of human nature compelled to test our own limits. But what happens when this part comes to define us?    When journalist Jenny Valentish wrote Woman of Substances, a book about addiction, she noticed that people who treated drug-taking like an Olympic sport would often hurl themselves into a pursuit like marathon running upon giving up.    What stayed constant was the need to push their boundaries. Everything Harder Than Everyone Else follows people doing the things that most couldn't, wouldn't or shouldn't. By delving into their extreme behaviour, theres a lot that us mere mortals can learn about the human condition.    The athlete using childhood adversity as grist for the mill. The wrestler turning restlessness into curated ultraviolence. The bare-knuckle boxer whose gnarliest opponent is her ego. The dancer who could not separate her identity from her practice until at deaths door. The bodybuilder exacting order on a life that was once chaotic. And the porn star-turned-fighter for whom sex and violence are two sides of the same coin.    Their insights lead Jenny on a compulsive, sometimes reckless journey of immersion journalism.   * CONTENT WARNING - Drugs, Sex, Self Harm, Cutting Weight, Eating Disorders, Obsession, Suffering, Addiction.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Jenny? Growing up in Slough Being a journalist and an author Writing her 4th book - Everything Harder Than Everyone Else Being interested in the mental side of endurance  Her starting point for the book The link between addiction and endurance racing Asking the question - how far can I push myself Pushing your body to the extreme The anticipation of entering a race and the anticipation of getting a drug to get high Getting a sense of validation from other people Why balance is over rated? Having obsessions from childhood How her obsessions changed when she got into her teens and early twenties Finding kickboxing, and training 5x a week Finding a positive obsession Starting to research the book  Finding people who would trust her Why am I doing this thing - which puts a lot of pressure on my body? Super elite athletes and their link to past suffering in childhood  The Dark Side of Top Level Sport: An Autobiographic Study of Depressive Experiences in Elite Sport Performers  Suffering as an adult athlete and being able to push through the pain Why certain sports attract certain personalities  The rise of women taking up strength sports The feeling of POWER and women wanting to take up physical space Social Media Project - #YouLookLikeAMan  Her journey in kickboxing Taking on her first amateur fight What it was like being in the ring…. The fear of getting back into the ring Wanting to be a threat in the ring The ability to suffer Learning How to Suffer with the Queen of Pain: My Conversation With OCR Super-athlete Amelia Boone Over exercising and using sport as a way to sanction diet and what you consume The Recovery I needed - By Amelia Boone  Book: Women of Substance: A Journey Into Drugs, Alcohol and Treatment  Self care? Knowing your Why  The next book!   Social Media   Website: www.jennyvalentish.com    Instagram: @jennyvalentish_public    Twitter: @JennyValentish   

    Verna Volker - From the Navajo Nation, Non-runner to Ultra Runner in 12 years. Founder of Native Women Running and Hoka Global Ambassador.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 43:06

    Verna is the founder of Native Women Running, a Hoka Global Ambassador, she serves on the Running Diversity Board, and represents several organizations: Red Earth Running Co, UltraRunning Magazine, and Native Women's Wilderness.   Verna in her own words:    “My name is Verna Volker and I am from the Navajo Nation.    My clans are Tódích'íi'nii (Bitterwater) nishlíi, Hashtl'ishnii (Mud People) bashishchiin,  Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle) dashicheii, and Tó' áheedlíinii (Water Flows Together) dashinalí.    I grew up in the Dzilnaoodilii area of New Mexico, but currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my husband and four children. I work as a second grade teacher.   In 2009, I started my running journey to lose weight, but it has turned into a quest to find out who I am internally.    This journey has taken me from a newbie runner to a marathoner and recently to an ultra-marathoner when I finished my first Ultra 50-mile race.    My desire is to use my running to inspire others.”     New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Subscribe so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Introducing herself in Navajo Who is Verna  How the outdoors played apart of her life growing up  Loving sports but not being into running Why Verna got into running Signing up for her first Half Marathon in August 2009 Struggling with her weight Falling in love with running How her running journey progressed Putting herself first and not feeling guilty Having a 4th child Becoming an early morning runner Waking up at 4.15am…. to go running Having female role models at the start of her running journey  Native Women Running - Founded on Jan 23rd 2018 The lack of visibility for Native women runners Not seeing women who looked like her Using the power of instagram to create change How Native Women Running has evolved over the past 3 years Inter-generational trauma and the power of running to heal Creating a call to action - MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) May 5th - National Day of Awareness for MMIW Using running to heal trauma The murder of native children and finding the reminds of native children in residential schools Connecting with a running community Coping with the trauma  Being resilient and being in a leadership position Why it's ok to detach yourself from social media Magical moments while running Deciding to run her first ultra marathon 50k in 2018 Running a 50 miler in October 2019 Why the ultra journey has been mental Seeing her little girl at the finish line Training and planning for ultra runs Meeting her coach via Instagram What a typical training week looks like Keeping motivated to go running when not in the right frame of mind Training for her next 100K (62 miles) race Mental tips and tricks for running an ultra Dedicating miles to lost love ones Teaching 2nd grade and how working for Hoka is becoming a full time job Advice for women who want to get into running The power of being patient with yourself  Taking the next step to running an ultra What hozho means Final words of advice from Verna   Social Media   Instagram: @hozhorunner4    Native Women Running - Visibility, inspiration and community of native women runners on and off the reservation/reserve. Community. Inspiration. Motivation. Visibility.  #nativewomenrunning    Website: www.nativewomenrunning.com    Instagram: @native_women_running    Facebook: @nativewomenrunning   

    Kathy Elkind - 57, walking the 1,400 mile/2,286km Grande Randonnée Cinq (GR5) with her husband of 27 years

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 38:37

    In the spring of 2018, at the age of 57, Kathy Elkind walked the Grande Randonnée Cinq (GR5) with her husband of 27 years. The 2,286K (1,400-mile) journey starts at the North Sea in The Netherlands and goes through Belgium, Luxembourg, and the whole length of France through the Alps to end at the warm Mediterranean in Nice.   Kathy always longed for an epic adventure, but the time was never right.    Finally, her children had flown the nest, and she had shifted from a fertile body to a not fertile body – What could this new body do?    It was the perfect time for a quest: to pause, reflect and explore. Could her marriage sustain and thrive on a long walk?   After two months on the GR5, they entered the mighty Alps—five weeks of alpine views, mountain refuges, and exertion. Her walking became more than meditative; she fell into an ethereal pace where she became the air and the landscape. In her own words: “Life was not about me. It was about the beauty of the world. This truth was what I had longed for but did not know.”   At home, she stepped into the last third of her Life, more in love with her husband, accepting the unknown, knowing her power, and brave enough to write a book one step at a time (she has dyslexia and did not learn to read until I was in 7th grade).   Kathy has come to believe it's necessary for women entering the last third of their life to experience a quest or challenge. It can be anything they love – going to 25 art museums, swimming or dancing 50 days in a row. There is a unique challenge for every woman.   Kathy is an Eating Psychology Coach, a Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, and owner of Elkind Nourishment.    Kathy helps women feel their emotions instead of eating their emotions and feel comfortable in their bodies. She is writing a memoir about her adventure.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Kathy and what she does Wanting to go on a big adventure Finding the right time to go travelling Wanting to take a pause in life Being married for 27 years  Stepping into the next phase of her life Being exposed to the outdoors from an early age Never having the guts or the time to do a big thru hike Struggling with overeating  Having trouble with reading and struggling in school Using food to numb emotions and to calm her nerves  Struggling with shame and food  Becoming a teacher and raising her kids Becoming an eating psychology coach Paying attention to the emotions underneath and learning to be with them Studying self compassion  Being mindful Placing your hand on your heart and chaining your voice The power of speaking to yourself and being gentle to yourself Learning how to be compassionate to yourself The GR5 Trail  Making the decision to go on the hike Going through menopause  Moving from running to walking  Planning and preparation before the trip Making the adventure your own Deciding to bike the 1st week in the Netherland Starting the GR5 at the end of April, beginning of May Doing a preamble in Italy for a few weeks before Wanting to slow down  Listening to her body and using her intuition  Learning how to sleep in a different bed every night Being concerned about hiking in the Alps and dealing with the elevation Staying mindful and being in the present Connecting the rhythm of your breath to your walking pace The magical moment and the beauty of the walks  The lessons learned from walking the GR5 Ready to do some backpacking and camping Feeling strong and powerful Writing a book about her experience  The impact of the walk on her marriage Knowing each others strengths and weaknesses Daily Routine on the walk Top tips for taking on the GR5 Adjusting back to normal life in America  Final words of advice for other women who want to go on an adventure  Why it's never too late The power of brainstorming      Social Media   Website: www.elkindnourishment.com    Instagram: @elkindnourishment    Facebook: @elKindNourishment   

    Houda Loukili - Former Dutch National Kickboxing Champion, and Youth Coach for Personal Growth

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 31:56


    Houda grew up in the Netherlands and she first came into contact with kickboxing at the age of 11.    She soon found out that kickboxing was her passion, Houda trained hard and spend all her time in the gym, training 6 days a week. Due to her passion and perseverance, in 2005, Houda became the Dutch Youth Champion.   At university Houda choose to study Sports Management and Movement.    Houda was inspired as a young girl by her coach – and she wanted to be the inspiration for other young children.   With her knowledge and experience in top-class sports and her social-pedagogical background, Houda knows how to reach girls and get them moving – literally. By sharing her story, Houda makes young people feel relevant and that they are capable of more than they think.   Her mission is to give coaches the tools to make sports more accessible for girls. She believes it is important that every individual can play sports according to their own needs.    Houda is passionate about equality and diversity in sports and has worked with Nike on their “made to play campaign”. Nike's words are clear: children should play. Not just some kids, but all kids. Not just some girls, but all girls, including girls who wear hijab.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Houda Why sport is her life Coming from a sporty family Being inspired by Bruce Lee at 8 years old Getting into kickboxing at 11 Falling in love with kickboxing Her journey in kickboxing Training for her first match Becoming the Dutch Youth Champion Becoming more confident  Wanting to prove a girl could fight Starting to wear the hijab at 14 Going to study sports at college Being the only girls wearing the hijab “It was not easy, but I had the power to do it” Wanting to keep going with the kickboxing Being in a car accident at 21 Spending a lot of time in recovery  Dealing with the first big disappointment in her life Having nothing else apart from sports Trying to figure out what to do next Working with young girls but wanting to inspire the whole family  Wanting to make a big impact in the world Having her own personal development program Working towards lots of goals Wanting to change the representation of girls and women in the media Being a teacher of resilience  Giving the children tools to help build resilience The power of being positive  Wanting children to believe in themselves Teaching children how to say no Why you attitude is very important  The power of having a growth mindset  How to deal with negative thoughts Planting seeds in young minds Having people believe in you The pressure on girls to look/act a certain way Needing the help and support from others Wanting to educate other coaches Being inspired by her mum Being 1 of 6 children How her parents support her dream Working with Nike - Made to Play Campaign Creating a play book for coaches to use to help them work with girls who wear a hijab  Starting a Youtube Channel  The importance of smiling and having fun “Your start says nothing about your finish” "If you have a dream and you want to achieve your dream, then you need to work for it and believe in it”    Social Media   Website: https://houdaloukili.com/linkpage-instagram-houda-loukili/    Instagram: @loukilihouda   


    Katie Spotz - Endurance Athlete & WR Holder. 5X Ironman, cycled across the USA, run 100 miles nonstop in under 20 hours, and rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 43:17

    Katie is an endurance athlete, charitable ambassador, author and world-record holder.   Katie has completed five Ironman triathlons, cycling across the country, completed a 325-mile river swim, run 100 miles nonstop in under 20 hours, and also spent 70 days at seas while rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean.    In 2010, Katie set a World Record for being the youngest person to row solo across ocean rower. Katie is also the only American to row solo from Africa to Guyana, in South America.    In 2020, Katie became the 1st person to run nonstop 138-miles nonstop across Maine in 33 hours, raising $26,000 for a clean water project in Tanzania.    In preparations, Katie became the 1st woman to run nonstop across Vermont and New Hampshire.    Katie has been awarded the Elite Female Athlete of the Year for 2020 by the U.S. Coast Guard.   On June 21, Katie announced her latest challenge, Run4Water. Which involved running 11 ultra-marathons for 11 consecutive days. Katie started her 341-miles journey in Ohio and ran from Cincinnati to Cleveland.     Throughout her adventures, Katie isn't just seeking to make history. She is also raising money for safe drinking water projects around the world.   Give Water today - www.h2oforlifeschools.org/katiespotz    New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Katie Why she raises money for clear drinking water Helping over 25,000 people The importance of service and giving back Studying environmental science Growing up around the Great Lakes Getting into swimming at young age Where her love of adventure comes from Keeping up with her 2 older brothers Role models Doing her first marathon at 18 Wanting to do an ironman Not being competitive at school and doing the easiest gym class possible Setting a target to run 1 mile Joining the Coastguard in 2018 Why running ultras is one of the toughest challenges Finding her limit…. Doing endurance for fun Strategy for the 138 mile run across Maine Race your own race and be in tune with your body Fuelling her body during endurance challenges Getting her calories in via liquids Using Tailwind Nutrition  Taking a supplement called Sports Legs  Needing to get enough sodium in You're going to hurt The mental challenges during the race Hating the first 5 miles Why it gets easier the longer you go Feeling best at 50/60 miles Getting into a flow state and moving on autopilot Needing to block out the pain Not wanting to do permanent damage Pain that is an injury and pain which is muscle fatigue Dealing with an Edema (swelling of the hands and/or feet) Rhabdo (Rhabdomyolysis) - Myoglobin is released from the muscles when they break down and is excreted into the urine. This can cause a red or cola colour of the urine. Book: Just Keep Rowing: Lessons from the Atlantic Ocean by the Youngest Person to Row It Alone   Being a different person after the Atlantic Row Having a strong enough why - you can figure out the how Dealing with setbacks and the low moments When the easy option is to quit Not wanting to live a lifetime of regret Finals words of advice and why it's ok to feel afraid Why fears are welcomed     Social Media   Website: www.katiespotz.com    Instagram: @katiespotz   Facebook: @hellokatiespotz    Twitter: @katiespotz  

    Jcy Ho - One of Hong Kong's top ultra runners. She won VMM 70km and was the HK50 Series winner 2018/19.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 38:03

    Jcy is a trail runner, bike traveller, fixed gear rider, bike polo player and Most importantly... An Outdoor lover!   Jcy was born in Hong Kong, she then moved over to the UK where she lived for 22 years. When she was young, Jcy was not into sports or being active, but that all changed when she started getting into cycling and began commuting to and from work.    Jcy moved back to HK in 2016 and continued commuting via bike, she also joined lots of sports clubs to make new friends.    Running was something she'd always hated and tried to avoid. However, after hurting her arm, her only option was to run!   During this episode Jcy shares more about her journey into trail running, how she progressed from running 2.4k to the metro station, to her first 24km trail race, then a 50k race and onto running 100 milers all within 4 years.    Jcy loves the uphill, hates the flats and hates going downhill.    Learn more about her training, her tips for dealing with tough times while out on the trail and why she never gives up, even when she comes in last place.   Jcy will inspire you to give tail running a go, and to step outside your comfort zone.    New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Being born in Hong Kong  Being rebellious as a teenager and dropping out of sports Moving back to Hong Kong in 2012  Wanting to save money by cycling to work  Cycling in Hong Kong as a commuter Getting comfortable with the traffic Joining sports clubs to make friends Why the trails are concrete Getting introduced to trail running Changing from cycling to running Her first time running Being in so much pain, not being able to walk the next day Running her first 24k race Getting dressed up for races Being a smoker Loving the freedom of running Having the time to reflect on her life 2016 - her first 50k race Coming in last place and it taking over 12hrs Returning 3 years later and coming in 2nd place What changed over the 3 years Quitting smoking Running her first 100k Happy food Recovery after a big race Being humbled by a challenging 100k race which took over 24hrs Dealing with heatstroke in her first year of running Having 3 goals with regards to a finish time Working with a running coach in 2019 What a typical training week looks like Getting up at 5/5.30 am to go training Running the same route over and over again Hating running downhill Managing the fear of running downhill Learning house dance The 9 Dragons Ultra Race HK  Being inspired by Magdalena Lewy-Boulet  How to follow Jcy online Final words of advice for other women who want to get into trail running Go out and enjoy the nature!   Social Media   Instagram: @jcy    Strava: www.strava.com/athletes/1272125  

    Nahla Summers - WR for riding 5,000 miles on an ElliptiGO Bike across the UK while writing “KINDNESS” in massive Strava Art!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 55:22

    Nahla is a social change maker, a transformative coach, a podcaster, an accidental adventurer and a speaker.    As the founder of the CIC Sunshine People, every year she takes on a new challenge and every year she discovers something new about the power that kindness has on people.   We first spoke with Nahla in February 2020 where she shared more about how she started off doing challenges and how it evolved over the years. During that episode Nahla shares more about her 2018 challenge of cycling  3,000 miles across America, as well as her 2019 walk from Swanage, Dorset to Gretna Green in Scotland. A 500 mile journey visiting schools and promoting kindness on the way, through speaking, workshops and sunshine people events.    In 2020 Nahla took on her biggest challenge to date riding 5,000 miles on an ElliptiGO Bike across the UK while writing “KINDNESS” in massive Strava Art! This challenge would also see Nahla gain a World Record for the furthest distance travelled in a single journey on an Elliptical cycle.   Nahla has recently finished writing her 3rd book - “The Accidental Adventurer: just how far can kindness take you” - which will be released on November 1st    About the book: The Accidental Adventurer is not only a journey of adventures but a journey of life, with all its rawness, vulnerability and most of all connections. Nahla Summers never intended to become an adventurer but after a life event that changed who she was as a person she discovered that the adventures were helping her find herself not again, but for the first time. This book demonstrates the extraordinary power of the mind when everything else fails.    New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Nahla Her past adventures  Her most recent challenge in 2020 The start of 2020  Making changes and adapting to a new plan Trying to find a new route in the UK Why connection is more important than money  Having to think outside the box How the new kindness challenge idea came about Figuring out the logistics of the journey  Making changes while out on the road Cycling 50 miles per day over 4 months Not having to have it perfect before the start What an ElliptiGO bike is Riding it for the first time Needing to practice! Going up hill on an ElliptiGO Emma Timmis - Riding an ElliptioGo across Australia Starting the challenge on 1st August 2020 Training and getting fit for the challenge How it worked day to day Having a support vehicle to start with  Going solo Being supported by Hilton Hotels Organising accommodation as she went along Dealing with stress during a challenge “Well it is what it is” and needing to deal with it Breathing properly  Going back to her purpose and her reason why Getting on a vitamin plan to boost her health and wellbeing Show your support by doing an act of kindness for a stranger The power of kindness and the importance of kindness in society  Saying hello and connecting with people The message of Sunshine People Free Listening by Urban Confessional The Crisp Packet Project - https://crisppacketproject.com  Starting a podcast! The Culture of Kindness Podcast by Nahla Summers (New episodes every week on a Sunday)  Writing a new book! The Accidental Adventurer - Live in November 2021 Social media being used for the best Kindness Day UK - November 13th  Advice for being kind to yourself Planning the next challenge - A World First…..   Social Media   Website: www.sunshinepeople.org.uk   Instagram - @sponsorkindness    Twitter - @sponsorkindness    Facebook - @sponsorkindness    YouTube @SunshinePeople    Past episode - Feb 2020 - www.toughgirlchallenges.com/single-post/summers   

    Prerna Dangi - Mountain Guide and Climber from India who is pushing the limits on rock, ice, and everything in between.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 37:25

    Prerna has gained climbing experience from around the world, but her focus is the Himalayas. As an aspiring alpinist, she has delved into all aspects of climbing, from high mountains and frozen waterfalls to hard sport grades and bouldering.    She is actively working to foster a strong climbing culture and community in India with an emphasis on introducing more women to the sport and the outdoors through the organization Climb Like A Woman (CLAW). She also plays a key role in the community-led initiative Piti Dharr Ice Climbing Festival.    Climbing gives her the courage to chase after all things that seem hard, whether they are scary routes or stereotypes, which is a lesson she loves sharing with others along the way.    New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Loving the outdoors Spending her summers outside Her dreams as a little girl Being a collector of skills and hobbies Her route to climbing  Going to university and finding climbing Studying English Literature  Trying to figure out what to do next Being a tomboy and exploring her feminine side The climbing culture in India What it's like being a woman climber in India Connecting with other women in the sport The growth of climbing gyms in the last 5 years Arranging an all women's climbing meet up which is now an annual event Feeling strong and powerful from climbing Planning to climb Mt. Denali Dealing with self doubt Having a shoulder injury and needing surgery Pioneering ice climbing in India The journey on becoming a professional guide Focusing on quality and skill development Her first expedition to a 6,000m peak Having the ability to push herself physically  Being able to handle the suffering Looking for new opportunities Wanting to become a well rounded climber Trying to get sponsored projects  Spending 5 winters creating an ice climbing community Wanting more people to try ice climbing Creating a new niche in climbing  Why complaining doesn't do anything - you have to take action Future dreams for climbing Being inspired by other women Final words of advice for women who want to get into climbing and the outdoors Why you should do the things that scare you How overcoming fear can be empowering   Social Media   Website: pitidhar.com    Instagram: @thepahadigirl   

    Emma Kingston - Teacher, Outdoor Adventurer and Author of Bikepacking England 20 multi-day off-road cycling adventures.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 49:34

    Emma Kingston is an outdoor adventurer, author, teacher and self-confessed map geek who lives in Bristol - the UK's first designated Cycling City. She has ridden, walked, swam and camped in the South West for over 20 years and her knowledge of the area is enviable. Specialising in mountain biking, she has travelled extensively around the rest of UK, Europe and further afield in search of ever more flowing singletrack.    Emma took up bikepacking when she realised it meant that she could stay out and ride her bike for longer, take the time to explore interesting places off route, and eat an outrageous amount of ice cream.    In the summer of 2021, she released her first book 'Bikepacking England' which contains 20 great multi-day off-road routes around the country and proves that you don't have to go far to have a memorable adventure.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Emma Her passion for the outdoors and adventure  Being into her cycling Focusing on having fun Her relationship to the outdoors Being afraid of heights at a young age Going on family adventures Exploring more of Wales on mountain bikes Growing up in Bristol and being able to escape the city Being inspired by her parents Making the transition to solo adventures and expeditions Being more into team sports such as hockey and ultimate frisbee  Pushing her limits and building resilience Making decisions for herself Heading to Wales to bike pack for the first time Concerns before the trip Feeling confident and prepared on the bike Why it was a case of getting on and doing it Why you should go on a solo adventure Trusting in her own capabilities The stories we tell ourselves Being scared? Feeling safe while on the road How the book came about and the process of writing it.  Having local adventures and creating new memories  The type of routes included in the book Getting practical advice Sleep systems for Bikepacking clothing layers Food while on the bike GPS and route planning  Will there be a second book? Why you don't need to suffer on adventures Future adventure dreams Final words of advice to encourage you to get on your bike Look at the barriers that are holding you back Don't apologies for being a beginner “You are so much more capable than you think you are” Roll with the bikepacking and see where it will take you   Social Media   Website: www.emmaoutdoors.com    Instagram: @emma.outdoors   Twitter: @emma_outdoors   Buy the book:  Bikepacking England 20 multi-day off-road cycling adventures    About the book   Bikepacking England by Emma Kingston contains 20 great multi-day mountain bike adventures across England.   Explore ancient holloways and hunt for fossils in Bridport and the Jurassic Coast, tackle the stiff climbs and spectacular singletrack of the Dark Peak, discover stunning coastal scenery on the Isle of Man or Exmoor or traverse the rolling countryside around the Ridgeway and Chilterns – every corner of England has a different experience to offer.   Each route includes all the information you need to help you plan your ride, points of interest along the route, food recommendations and accommodation options, in addition to stunning photography and overview mapping. Downloadable GPX files of the routes are also available, including optional routes and shortcuts. This book is full of practical tips and advice for both experienced bikepackers and those who want to try it out for the first time, including lots of information on wild camping.   Let Bikepacking England inspire you to get out there on your bike with your tent and enjoy the best bikepacking adventures that England has to offer.

    Vera Ngosi-Sambrook - Endurance Cyclist & Engineer - Competing in her first 2,000km self-supported endurance cycling race, The Pan Celtic Race 21.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 61:41

    Vera in her own words:    "My cycling journey really began four years ago when I was lured into riding a tandem for a charity ride under the false promise that as the stoker, I didn't need to pedal and could just drink prosecco and enjoy the views. This turned out to be a lie, as I had to work very hard, but I caught the cycling bug! A year later I bought my first road bike and joined my local cycling club as a way to build my solo cycling skills and meet new people.    During the first lockdown in 2020 when we could no longer cycle in groups, I was forced to plan and follow my own routes and become a more independent cyclist. I also longed for a cycling community, which led me to starting my Instagram page @pedalling.to.and.fro  where I wanted to share my love of cycling with others and also to find a more diverse community of cyclists, something I had been missing in real life.   I was awarded the Ultra Distance Scholarship aimed at increasing representation of BAME cyclists in ultra distance racing. This incredible opportunity has provided me with the resources and support to prepare me for my first self-supported endurance cycling race this summer. The lack of ethnic diversity in ultra-distance cycling has prompted me to document and share my journey with others in the hope that more women and BAME people are encouraged to give this type of cycling a try.    Cycling has given me a sense of belonging. It has also helped me manage my mental health, reduce my anxieties and build my confidence. Getting into endurance cycling has made me more self-sufficient and independent, and taught me how to persevere when things get tough; all valuable life lessons that have been useful both in and out of cycling.    My hope is that by sharing my honest experiences of my journey in cycling, that it will encourage others, particularly black women, to have a go at it too.”   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Vera and what she does Thinking of herself as a new adventurer  Starting to discover adventure Being a member of Women of Colour Cycling Collective (WCCC)  Working to increase the representation of Black Women in adventure and engineering Growing up in Malawi  Not doing sports or physical activity after her gap year Coming to the UK for University  Moving to Cardiff for a Graduate Job Joining a work football team Doing a charity tandem cycle ride with her boyfriend (became future husband) Starting to cycle commute to work  Joining a cycling club and buying her first bike What to do if things go wrong The practical steps taken to overcome worries and fears Wanting to do a self supported race Looking for a new challenge before her 30th birthday Setting up her instagram account @pedalling.to.and.fro Learning about the Ultra Distance Scholarship  The brilliant start to 2021 Training and planning for the race Having 6 months to go from zero to hero Being coached by Alison Wood https://www.veloqi.cc  Figuring out wild camping and sleeping outside Food and nutrition and fuelling for the race  Developing a stomach of steel Working with a sports psychologist  Dealing with negative self talk The start of the race Celtic or Celtic! Meeting Jenny Graham at the start Dealing with the rain and the challenge of getting out of the car Wanting to complete the race in 10 days and make the finishing party Getting warm, getting dry and eating food before making a decision Deciding to try Listening to your body and making the right decisions at the right time Magical moments from the race The amazing supporters and dot watchers Knowing by day 7 that she would be able to make it to the finish line “You've not come so far, to only come so far” Getting to the finish line and having mixed emotions Not reaching her limits and maybe there is more Adventure blues? Booking in another race ASAP Recovery afterwards How her body adapted during the race Documenting the ups and downs of her cycling journey  Final words of advice for other women  The power of setting a deadline and why you should sign up for something Can't or won't?   Social Media   Instagram: @pedalling.to.and.fro   

    Prof. Angie Abdou - Author - This One Wild Life: A Mother-Daughter Wilderness Memoir.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 47:54

    This One Wild Life: A Mother-Daughter Memoir launched in April 2021.    “Includes research on the shy child, parent-child bonding, social media issues, and the benefits of outdoor activity and nature immersion.   Disillusioned with overly competitive organized sports and concerned about her lively daughter's growing shyness, author Angie Abdou sets herself a challenge: to hike a peak a week over the summer holidays with Katie. They will bond in nature and discover the glories of outdoor activity. What could go wrong? Well, among other things, it turns out that Angie loves hiking but Katie doesn't.   This One Wild Life explores parenting and marriage in a summer of unexpected outcomes and growth for both mother and daughter.”   A view in Elle Magazine says "Anyone who has ever been pushed to do something outdoorsy because it was good for them - or who has been the parent doing the pushing - will find this sweet tale about a growing and changing parent-child relationship all too familiar.”   A life long athlete, Angie loves writing about sport and the many lessons it teaches.    Angie is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Angie Living in British Columbia, Canada Being a writer since 2006 What Angie was like as a child Loving books from a young age Being a competitive swimmer and swimming for 4 hrs a day Learning the lesson of showing up every day  Setting an early alarm… Balancing swimming with everything else as a teenager Being in a serious car crash at 29 The impact of that experience  Knowing it would be better to try and fail rather than never try Processing the aftermath of the crash  Journaling throughout her life Book - Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life By Natalie Goldberg  Book - The Artist Way By Julia Cameron   Writing down her goals How the wilderness played a part in her life Having a negative experience with social media The power of nature New Book - This One Wild Life Feeling guilty as a mum Her mother daughter relationships Her relationship with her daughter  The difference between a child who is introverted and a child who has social anxiety  How motherhood changed her life Having to make choices Asking herself what kind of mother does she want to be Being available for her kids Girls, confidence and social media Screen time for children The benefits of doing hard things Climbing a peak a week and how the goal changed The challenges of hiking with a child Learning from each other Learning how to be a leader and how to be confident in nature Where does her drive and ambition come from Doing a solo 12hr challenge Thinking about the car accident Reminding herself that life is a gift Being present on social media Listening to her body while using social media Stop doom scrolling and put the phone down Final words of advice for other women  Why there is always time for a 30 min walk outside   Social Media   Website: abdou.ca    Twitter: @angie_abdou   

    Dr. Hajjah Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir - Malaysian Polar Explorer who ski-sailed across Antartica from the South Pole to Hercules inlet in 22 days.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 43:18

    Dr. Hajjah Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir is a lecturer at the Faculty of Sports Science and Recreation, Universiti Teknology MARA (UiTM).    She successfully ski-sailed across the Antarctic, from the South Pole to the Hercules Inlet from Dec 9 to 30, 2004.   The 1,100km-long journey took her 22 days to complete.   She reached the North Pole in 2007 and Greenland in 2011.   In 2019 she was back at this South Pole, this time as the leader of the All Women Expedition to Antarctica (AWETA) team. Which involved completing the “last degree” 60 nautical miles (69 mi/111 km) from 89 degrees to 90 degrees.    Dr. Hajjah Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir created her very own psychological concept called M.E.P.S.    M = Mental (power and strength of mind), E = Emotion (including spiritual aspects as well), P = Physical (ability and endurance of the body), S = Social (ability and intellectual). A concept that focuses on mental strength, getting out of your comfort zone and maximising your own potential. The MEPS Concept has helped over 300,000 people to date.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Her full time job as a sports psychologist Having a focus on women empowerment Being a confident and active person Loving sports and being involved in multiple activities Doing her first degree in physical education Going to Canada to do a Masters in Psychology  Creating the MEPSS Concept Wanting to create a balanced human being Needing to put the concept into practice Being a mental training coach in the Commonwealth Games in Malaysia Starting work as a lecturer Needing to go somewhere extreme to challenge her limits Coping with the cold Needed to put a plan in place in order to achieve this dream Needing to learn new skills for dealing with the cold Training 5hrs each day - both weights and cardio Needing to build her endurance Pulling tyres at night when it was cooler Doing her research  Going to Norway for training 2004 South Pole Expedition 1,127km in 22 days - from South Pole back to base camp Being a Muslim women in Antarctica Food and nutrition in a cold extreme environment Dealing with the cold The biggest challenge she faced while on expedition Why the North Pole was the most challenging expedition Dealing with frostbite on her face Telling her mum about her goals Needed to ask for a sabbatical from work Starting with Google  Creating a proposal with all the information  Working to inspire young girls and women Creating a time capsule Doing a talent search all over Malaysia Being called the “Ice Queen” Looking for 5 key qualities  Looking for good human beings Getting the team together to do the last degree in Antarctica Planning her online motivation program   Social Media   Website: drsharifahmazlina.com    Instagram: @sharifah_mazlina_aweta  

    Jessica Hatcher-Moore - Journalist & author living on a hillside in North Wales, writing about improbable things; most recently, childbirth. AFTER BIRTH: What nobody tells you – How to Recover Body and Mind.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 52:24

    Jessica in her own words:    I am a British non-fiction writer living on a hillside in North Wales, where I write with candour (and, hopefully, a dash of humour) about improbable things; UFOs, the United Nations' use of clowns to resolve conflict, and, most recently, the rigours of childbearing.   I grew up in Shropshire and, at first, dabbled with sports and adventure writing — I played international lacrosse, was one of the fastest unaffiliated runners in the 2011 London Marathon, and once cycled 5,000 miles across sub-Saharan Africa.    My career in journalism began as a reporter for the London Evening Standard's gossip column, although I was not good at it, rarely knowing who anyone was. I moved to foreign affairs in East Africa. There, I notched up datelines (often in a flak jacket, this time) from across the continent, Bissau to Burundi, Congo to Madagascar, and met my future husband, a photojournalist, whilst covering the civil war in Somalia.   Within five years, I'd won a number of prestigious awards for my investigative features, including a Frontline Club Award, and was a regular contributor to the Guardian, TIME and Newsweek, for whom I wrote about topics including Islamic militancy, piracy, sexual violence and human trafficking.   In 2016, pining for the British countryside, I moved with my husband to Llangollen in North Wales, a decision made in part because it had the tightest contour lines we could find within an hour's drive of a decent airport. I am now a mother to two small boys, and spent much of their formative years writing a book about motherhood – the postnatal period, to be precise – and submerging myself in the icy waters of the river Dee, which courses through the valley below our house.    Jessica's first book - AFTER BIRTH: What nobody tells you – How to Recover Body and Mind and is available in all good book shops.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Jessica and what she does Being sporty at school and playing Lacrosse for Wales Being good at running, but putting too much pressure on herself Deciding to flee London and heading to Africa Partying, getting drunk and trying to snog boys! Finding regular work with the Evening Standard Celebrity parties and finding out the gossip Keeping costs down and running everywhere Running a Marathon in Kenya on a nature reserve Finding what she wanted to do Making the decision to move to Nairobi and why it was easy  Feeling lost after university  Not knowing many people at first Having savings and making editor connections before leaving Being enthusiastic and very determined Cycling 5,000+ miles across Africa for TUSK  The route through Africa Missing female companionship during the cycle ride Teaming up with Centre Point  Being under pressure to arrive at places Needing more downtime Spending 4 months on the road - cycled for 5/7 days visit a place and then carry on Meeting her husband on a trip to Somali  How her priorities changed Making the change to having babies and getting married Continuing to write and share stories Having her first baby and not being prepared Dealing with the loss of physical activity  Using running to stay sane Going for a swim in the River Dee in November Starting to feel more like herself again Balancing work and babies Focusing on your own physical and mental recovery Taking 2 years to feel strong again Giving women better information  Using words like vagina Not prioritising herself enough  Follow Kari Bo for Pelvic Floor Exercises Learning how to retrain the bladder All the stuff you shouldn't do after having a baby Giving women the information they need to make informed choices Antony Lo  Supporting women with prolapse Cold water therapy and dipping in the River Dee  Final words of advice for women who have just given birth   Social Media   Website: www.jessicahatcher.com   Instagram: @jessicajanehatcher    Facebook: @jessicajanehatcher    Twitter: @jessiehatcher    Book: AFTER BIRTH: What nobody tells you – How to Recover Body and Mind is available in all good book shops.   About: While there is a wealth of advice for new mums on caring for their babies the same is not true for postpartum health. Fulfilling this vital need, After Birth is the ultimate postnatal primer for women facing changes to their bodies after having a baby.    Addressing issues great and small­ - from hair loss and stretch marks, to bladder and bowel leaks, painful sex, diastasis recti and mental health - researcher and writer Jessica Hatcher-Moore brings together straight-talking advice on preparation for childbirth, healing, and recovery in the weeks, months and even years that follow. She also offers insights for partners, whose role is often overlooked at this critical time.   Blending knowledge from the full spectrum of modern and traditional therapies with honest experiences from mothers, here is balanced advice with no agenda. Taking a broad look at what we can do for ourselves at home, and also when to seek expert help, After Birth will reassure, inform and empower women to reclaim their post-birth bodies.

    Dr. Sarita Robinson aka “Dr Survival” is a leading academic researcher in Survival Psychology. Sharing how to improve your chances of survival in disaster situations.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 45:07

    Dr Sarita Robinson is Deputy Head of the School of Psychology and Computer Science at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Sarita is one of the world's leading academic researcher in area of survival psychology and so is often referred to as Doctor Survival. Survival psychology focuses on how people respond in disaster situations – everything from a terrorist attack to a ship sinking.   Sarita has spent over 15 years researching people's reactions to disasters. She focuses on trying to work out why some people are more likely to survive than others in emergency situations (and what we can do to improve our chances of survival).   Sarita is keen not to rely on dusty books to inform her academic research and so has undertaken some hands-on survival training. This means Sarita has had some hair-raising adventures, including completing training in Helicopter Underwater Escape, Fire-Fighting and Coastal Survival.    New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes What Dr. Sarita Robinson does What her childhood years were like Being the daughter of 2 mental health nurses Struggling throughout her school years and feeling left behind Being diagnosed at 17 with dyslexia  Enjoying the more individual sports  Developing her own coping strategies Doing Psychology as an A'Level Going onto university  Being inspired by The Poseidon Adventure Movie Why some people are more likely to survive than others  The importance of having an optimistic outlook Fight - Flight - Freeze - How we respond to threats Being in a survival situation Spending 5 years on her PHD on Survival Psychology Being in a hotel fire in Turkey Needing to keep your brain in a good place - especially in longer term survival situations  CPU - Central Processing Unit of the brain Why people do unusual things during a life threatening situation  Why the brain falls back on pre-learned behaviours  Training for emergency situations The power of prepping and preparing for emergencies  Why trainings is important - “skills & drills” How training boosts your confidence and in turn your optimism  The power of “What If” Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and  Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) Practical steps to building resilience  The importance of building your body - exercise, sleep, hydration, nutrition The connection between the body and the mind Enhancing your optimistic thinking Moving away from learned helplessness  The power of social support and social networks  What toxic positivity is and devaluating what someone else is going through The poison of resilience and why resilience is not always the answer Why the resilient thing ca n be to walk away  Coping with the pandemic and how 2020 was Dr John Leach - Senior Research Fellow in survival psychology. Book: Survival Psychology (1994) Is there a difference between men/women gender (social construct) / sex (biological) in survival  Why more girls and women died during the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami  Why preparation is everything       Social Media   Website: http://drsurvival.co.uk    Facebook: @drsurvival.robinson   Twitter: @DrSurvival   

    Abbie Barnes - Founder of Spend More Time In The WILD, an organisation that seeks to inspire and empower individuals to get outside for the benefit of mental and physical health.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 59:42

    Abbie Barnes is the founder and director of Spend More Time In The WILD, an organisation that seeks to inspire and empower individuals to get outside for the benefit of mental and physical health, whilst building meaningful connections with the natural world and each other.   Through the project she produces weekly videos on YouTube following her adventures and challenges all around the world.   Abbie offers walks and events, talks and workshops, runs the One WILD Life podcast, manages a thriving online community space, and is currently in the throws of preparing to ski solo across Greenland in the spring of 2021.    By sharing her story - Abbie hopes to raise awareness about mental health and chronic pain in the adventure world.    Abbie has hiked many of the worlds greatest trails, loves frothy coffee, wildflowers, and dogs.     *CONTENT WARNING - During this episode, mental health and suicidal feeling are talked about.      New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Meeting Abbie  The goal of Spend more time in the Wild Sharing more bout her mental health journey and dealing with chronic pain Wanting to change lives Introducing Little Bobby (the dog!) Spending time in the outdoors when she was growing up Being passionate about the natural world Getting into film making at 13 What palm oil is and why she wants to raise awareness about it Her mission to get palm oil labelled on products (which was made the law in the EU in 2015) Raising awareness about the damage being done by palm oil Producing her first film and speaking in the EU Parliament  Figuring out her purpose and being propelled forward Going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro after her A'Levels Struggling with her mental health and being in a dark space Training up as a Personal Trainer and identifying a passion for working with people Picking up the camera again in 2018 Encouraging people to own who they are and their stories  Learning new language around mental health  Using the outdoors to tap into the best version of herself “I am not my mental health but it is a part of me” Creating “Spend More Time in The Wild” in 2016 Wanting to backpack all of the UK's National Trails Getting 3 National Trails in and having a realisation Identifying that part of her suffering was coming from lack of connection There has to be more than just nature Talking to the camera about how she was feeling  Being mentally unwell and needing to pull out of the National Trails Challenge Finding it hard to look back and struggling to remember what happened Not being able to connect memories to reality  Going backpacking with her mum 2017 - starting the year  being in a dark, depressive state 2018 - Having a shift in her energy and moving to part time work at the gym  2018 was when WILD really happened  Struggling with her mental health everyday Learning to cope and finding her own ways of working with it Starting a WILD community challenge during Covid 2020 The year of community and connection Doing a Million Miles for Mind Forest for Hope  Getting up to speed of where Abbie is now Using the tools that she's learnt Why mental health is not a weakness An exciting new cycling project! Deciding to cycle JOGLE via each National Park and walking to the highest point in each park A 2,000+miles journey to highlight the importance of getting outside Starting in September and planning to cycle for approx 50 days Being supported by Anna while on the road Wanting to go on a solo polar expedition Spring 2022 - A solo unsupported expedition across Greenland  Wanting to discover her human potential  Dealing with chronic pain from nerve damage in her shoulder Always being in pain You can't apologise for who you are Turning the dark and difficult into something which manifests meaning and purpose Seeking help and trying to figure it out Planning for the bigger trips Having all the ideas!!! Having a friend, Craig do the project management for the JOGLE trip Number crunching, training and resting Paying for JOGLE and wanting to keep the costs down Meeting Anna at the beginning of 2020 The Abbie & Anna Show  Final words of advice to encourage you to spend more time in the wild   Social Media   Website: www.spendmoretimeinthewild.co.uk   Instagram: @abbiebarneswild    Facebook: @spendmoretimeinthewild    Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC6ekNjZZWhx7NG2zHmG7IEA  

    Dr. Adya Misra - British Canoeing #ShePaddles Club Champion. Raising awareness on the lack of diversity in paddlesports and helping to improve gender, ethnic and neuro-diversity in the paddlesports community.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 45:20

    Adya discovered the joy of being out on the water later in life, when she moved to Stockholm, Sweden and discovered kayaking in 2014. Kayaking in the lakes and the Baltic Sea was, at the time, the best way to escape the stress of daily life and connect with nature.    Working in scientific research left little free time to enjoy her new hobby, so a few years later she ended up pursuing a new career that would allow more time for kayaking. Adya fell in love with sea kayaking as soon as she tried it in Dorset and has been on several expeditions in Greece and Sardinia.   Adya trained to become a sheltered water kayak/canoe coach in London to share her love of kayaking and canoeing with others and enjoys coaching small groups of paddlers at her local canoe club. She also blogs about her adventures, hoping to inspire other women with full time jobs to try paddlesports while incorporating safety advice for everyone.   After moving to Liverpool, and a less than ideal sea kayaking trip in Wales, Adya considered giving up sea kayaking for good but missed being on the water. Her love of watersports encouraged her to try paddleboarding in the Liverpool docks. With the help of a supportive coach, Adya managed to stand up on a board (and more!) giving her the confidence boost she needed at the time. Adya managed to get back into a sea kayak and now also does a lot of coastal paddleboarding.   She is currently a British Canoeing #ShePaddles club champion, the paddle boarding discipline lead at her canoe club and an On Planet Patrol Community Guardian. These volunteer opportunities allow Adya to focus on some of the biggest problems we face as a society: lack of representation and climate change.    With her paddling, blogging and #ShePaddles work, Adya hopes to raise awareness of the lack of diversity in paddlesports and help improve gender, ethnic and neuro-diversity in the paddlesports community.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Adya Living in the Wirral, North West of England Falling in love with waterspouts Being a qualified Kayaking and Canoe Coach Being involved in getting more women in kayaking and canoeing Focusing on happiness and finding her joy Getting into water-sports while working in Stockholm in 2014 Being convinced to give it a try Starting to go on weekly trips Working as a research scientist Deciding to make a change from research into publishing  Self sabotage… The process of getting qualified in kayaking and canoeing Not being supported by the club, needing to find her own opportunities and struggling with the process Not being able to find a mentor and having to figure it out for herself Making a commitment to attend the club on a regular basis  Needing to make a persistent effort The difference between kayaking and canoeing Loving canoeing Heading out in winter…. Keeping warm while being out on the water Group multi-day trips and making the transition from a 2hr journey during the day to an overnight trip Needing to build up stamina for longer trips 5 day kayaking trip in Greece going on a multi-island adventure  Not liking going to the gym and feeling intimidated Living on the Wirral and what the watersports are like  Getting into SUPs in summer 2019 Getting her own SUP board Paddling in the Albert Docks, Liverpool Dealing with lockdown and following the stay at home message Missing friends and company on the water and noticing a skills decline Being a British Canoeing #ShePaddles Club Champion - what it is and what's involved Wanting to improve things at the club level Planet Patrol (previously Plastic Patrol) Not having many role models in the sport Being inspired by Jo Moseley  Discrimination and inclusion: where is the line blog post  Advice for women who want to get into watersports Why you should join a club and/or sign up for lessons Future kayaking and canoeing dreams Liking doing local adventures  Advice for planning a local day trip Safety while out on the water Going out to sea - Personal Locator Beacon  App - Paddler Loggers  Magical memories from being out of the water Why you should take a leap of faith   Social Media   Website: justonemorepaddle.wixsite.com/gonepaddling   Instagram: @queenadya    Twitter: @DrAdyaMisra  

    Belinda Kirk - Campaigner promoting the benefits of adventure for wellbeing. Author of - Adventure Revolution:The life-changing power of choosing challenge.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 32:48

    An Explorer in her own right, Belinda has walked across Nicaragua, searched for camels in China's Desert of Death, discovered ancient rock paintings in Lesotho, pioneered inclusive expeditions for people with disabilities, lead dozens of youth development expeditions around the world and gained a Guinness World Record for rowing unsupported around Britain.     An expert expedition leader and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Belinda has managed remote trips for, amongst others Ray Mears, Chris Ryan & Bear Grylls.   Belinda launched Explorers Connect, a non-profit organisation connecting people to adventures in 2009. Over 13 years later she has encouraged over 30,000+ ordinary people to discover a world of outdoor challenges and established Britain's National Night of Adventure #WildNightOut2021   For the past twenty-five years, Belinda Kirk's professional life has revolved around adventure. She's seen it change people first hand: turning the timid into the confident, the addicted into the recovering, and the lost into the intentionally wandering. As a force for change, adventure can be powerful like few others.   About the book: Adventure Revolution: The life-changing power of choosing challenge   This book is about this transformational power, and the first to explore why adventure is essential to our wellbeing.   From managing anxiety and overcoming fear, to finding self-worth and building interpersonal connections, to being happier, healthier, and more playful, ADVENTURE REVOLUTION draws lessons from more than two decades of experience leading groups into the wilderness around the globe.    Illuminated with Belinda's personal narrative, her own research with modern hunter-gatherers, and the latest findings in neuroscience and behaviour, ADVENTURE REVOLUTION presents a compelling case for ditching the living room in favour of a longer, happier, and more adventurous life.   "I believe adventure is a necessity of the human spirit. The modern world has become too easy, too averse to challenge. This is having a negative effect on our physical and mental health. We need a revolution, to learn how to live adventurously”   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes   Living in Exmoor with her son and partner Her passion and love for adventure Wanting to rebrand adventure Speaking to Belinda on the Tough Girl Podcast in July 2016 The big changes over the past few years.. Having a baby and finding a different way of living Lockdown and having the chance to stop Finishing her book after 7 years of researching and writing How having a baby has impacted her views on adventure  Dealing with sleep deprivation and how her life has changed since Having a new opportunity to live differently  Being in survival mode for the first few months and years Wanting to take her son on adventures Taking her son, Jackson on a Kayak  How adventure changed her at 18 and impacted on other areas of her life Why adventure is so essential for us Sharing stories of transformation   Wanting to understand the WHY Wanting to effect public policy  The Adventure Effect Why adventure matters  The story of Alice  The multiple benefits of adventure  How adventure can change your life What else are we able to do… Stretching and growing as people The story of Sam Surfing as Therapy The Wave Project   The power of small adventures  The Adventure Mind Conference held in Feb 2020 - to explore the benefits of adventure on well-being How adventure can be implemented in societies and our everyday lives How adventures helps us to be the best we can be Wanting to see adventure and outdoor education back in schools Wanting to see more Doctors prescribing adventure  How to connect with Belinda and get copies of her new book Hoping to go on a big family adventure to Canada     Social Media   New Book: Adventure Revolution: The life-changing power of choosing challenge The first book to explain why adventure is essential to wellbeing.    Explorers Connect: A not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping people to live more adventurously. Join 30,000+ like-minded adventurers for unique adventure opportunities   Instagram: @explorersconnect    Adventure Mind: Conference series exploring the importance of adventure to wellbeing   Belinda's Personal Social Media   Website: http://www.belindakirk.com   Instagram: @explorerbelinda    Previous Tough Girl Podcast Interview: 5th July 2016  www.toughgirlchallenges.com/single-post/Belinda-Kirk   

    Cherelle Harding - Founder of Steppers UK. Encouraging Diversity Outdoors, Supporting Black, Asian & Ethnic Minority communities to build positive relationships with the outdoors.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 37:07

    Words by Cherelle:   Steppers UK is an outdoors organisation that aims to encourage diverse and under represented communities to participate in outdoor activities. Currently, Steppers UK focuses on hiking and cycling with plans to explore the outdoors further in the future.    The inspiration behind Steppers UK comes from wanting to improve representation in the outdoors & change the image & stigma associated with being ‘outdoorsy' or enjoying outdoor activities. Many communities have a heritage in Africa, The Caribbean & Asia, where nature is in abundance and very much part of culture, however, there is a disconnect with the people of the diaspora. We have lost contact with nature.    Steppers UK aims:  Promote diversity within outdoor spaces & improve access for those lacking ability, representation, or opportunity  Increase the physical & mental well-being of our participants  Normalise the visibility of Black & Brown faces within outdoor activities  Support participates to eradicate any fears & stigmas associated with the outdoors  Provide fun & therapeutic experiences in nature  Create communities of outdoor enthusiasts & equip them with the skills and knowledge required for outdoor activities to become a recreational part of their lives  Create more environmentally friendly communities  Through outdoor activities create spaces to build healthier, caring, and open-minded communities.      The Outdoors is for everyone!   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Founder of Steppers UK What Steppers UK does Working with young people as a youth worker Not having much experience with the outdoors when growing up  Finding out that she likes spending time in the outdoors  Being sporty and enjoying basketball Climbing her first mountain and her first WOW moment Taking the next steps to spend more time in the outdoors Finding a love for Reggae music  Spending time as a volunteer in Jamaica and Malawi  Working with young people as a youth worker Encouraging teenagers to step outside their comfort zone Launching Steppers UK in 2020 Leading walks for Black Girls Hike Black Lives Matter Movement Where the Steppers name comes from  Sharing the walks via social media Starting her own personal challenge  Being filled with joy from going on these walks Walking as a solo woman Wanting to be present while out on walks Experiences the benefits from walking and spending time outside Gear for beginners What can you do with what you've got What can you do with normal grip trainers Investing in gear when you find out if you like the outdoors or not Role models in the outdoors Learning about the outdoor industry Future plans and dreams for Steppers UK Wanting to encourage young people to use nature as therapy Dreaming on a mini bus  The power of going on one walk Making the outdoors fun Funding of walks and Steppers UK Frequency of walks Wanting to get qualifications in the outdoors Taking on a new challenge to visit all 46 Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England & Wales The challenge of leading groups  Limiting the groups to around 20 people  The Nature Fix Project  How to connect with Cherelle and Steppers UK Top tips and advice The benefits of starting small “Don't underestimate the power of nature, and nature is truly healing, and it's freedom”   Social Media   Instagram: @steppers_uk    Facebook: @SteppersUK    Twitter: @Steppers_UK   

    Ursula Martin - Walked 5,500+ miles across Europe from the Ukraine to the most westerly point of Spain before turning around to head home to Wales!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 50:43

    Ursula Martin has spent the last two years walking alone from Kiev, Ukraine across Europe, over the Alps, to start on the Camino which would take her all the way to Santiago de Compostela, before heading on to the most westerly point of Spain, Finisterre and reaching the Atlantic Ocean. It was then time to turn around and head home, just 1,000 miles to get back to Wales.    Ursula finished her epic solo journey on June 6th 2021 in Llanidloes, where she was joined by friends and family for the final 10 miles.   Throughout her walk, Ursula had to deal with the covid pandemic, and having to decide whether or not to carry on and how to carry on safely. Ursula handled lockdowns in France, loneliness on the Camino St James and being on a tight budget. Ursula didn't get sponsorship and funded the trip through savings, and supporters via Patreon.     Now back at home, Ursula can rest her feet, stretch her body and take the time needed to recover, while reconnect with her family.   Ursula is already planning another walk, this time starting from Land's End and heading 874 miles to John O'Groats. Ursula plan to start her walk in January 2022, which will also mark the 10th anniversary of her ovarian cancer diagnosis.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Ursula?  Being based back in mid wales with her brother Spending time with family and meeting her new nephew Being ready to stop walking Missing the feeling of open outdoor space First speaking with Ursula in May 2020 Making the decision to continue on with her journey  Thinking short time and focusing on where to stay  Going through lockdowns in France and Spain Walking the HRP - Pyrenean Haute Route  Not being able to access indoor space due to restrictions Having to make the decision between going into France or Spain Making the decision to enter Spain to continue her journey to Santiago  The egotism of adventuring  Spending Christmas in Pamplona with 2 takeaway pizzas and movies Being accepted and welcomed while walking on the camino Only seeing a few other walkers Making connections and friends on the Camino Reaching Santiago and feeling sad 2021 - A Holy Year on the Camino  Processing her feeling of the journey  Reaching Finisterre and seeing the sea Going bed for 9 day rest and feeling broken  Losing all her energy and needing time to recover Climbing a spiritual/holy mountain  Knowing it was time to get back walking Not allowing herself to relax Why it is about the journey  Making the transition from walker to writer Getting organised and the first step with writing Getting home and what the final section of the journey was like Deciding to do a mini challenge in January 2022 Final words of advice and key lessons from this challenge/experience.     Social Media   Website onewomanwalks.com    Support Ursula via Patreon    Instagram  @onewomanwalks    Facebook @OneWomanWalks.    Twitter @WomanWalksWales.    Past Episode - 26th May 2020 - Ursula Martin - Survived Ovarian Cancer - Walked 3,700 miles in Wales. Wrote a book.    

    Nadhira Alharthy - First Omani Woman to summit Mt Everest (2019) and First Arab Woman to summit Mt Amadablam (2021).

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2021 43:24

    In May 2019, Nadhira Al Harthy became the first Omani woman and the second Omani to climb Mount Everest.    The inspiration for wanting to climb Mt. Everest was meeting the first Omani man, Khalid Al Siyabi who summited in 2010. Nadhira was so inspired by his achievement, that she decided in 2017 that she too wanted to climb the highest mountain in the world.    Up until this point Nadhira was not sporty and was not really that active, she was starting everything from zero. She had no knowledge of the mountains, and had never been climbing before. Nadhira gave herself two years to gain the skills and knowledge needed to achieve her dream.    Khalid, was now a good friend and had become her mentor and trainer. He designed her physical training plan and had her running, hiking, climbing and lifting weights as well as working on her mindset.    Nadhira kept all of this a secret from her friends and family and only told them two months before she headed off to Nepal in 2019. Whilst at Everest base camp, preparing to summit, she heard the sad news that Khalid, her trainer and mentor had suffered a stroke and passed away. Dealing with this loss, Nadhira decided to continue on with her summit attempt and wanted to reach the top to celebrate the man who had inspired her.    Nadhira reached the summit of Mt. Everest of the 23rd May 2019, 9 years to the day after Khalid had summited.   Nadhira is one of a growing number of Arab women who are following their dreams of climbing mountains despite resistance from their families and society. Nadhira continues to inspire other Muslim women to step outside their comfort zone and to try new things, many of whom have now been encouraged to participate in outdoor sports after hearing her story.   Her next goal is to climb all of the 14 mountain peaks across the world that stand taller than 8,000m, dubbed by NASA as the Eight Thousanders.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Nadhira Coming from a big family Not being that active when she was younger Deciding to climb Mt. Everest in 2017 Telling the youth to try new thing and to be open minded for new experiences Having 9 brothers and 6 sisters Not having children Having 32 nieces and 28 nephews How her family have accepted her hiking and supported her Where her idea to climb Mt. Everest came from Why it was her destiny to climb Mt. Everest Meeting Khalid al-Siyabi, the first man from Oman to climb Mt. Everest Keeping her dream a secret from her friends and family  Being coached by Khalid al-Siyabi and starting to hike and climb in Oman Paying for Mt. Everest and managing to get half of the trip sponsored Meeting the Ambassador of Nepal Deciding to invest in herself  When her family and friends found out  Not caring what other people think Dealing with the negativity and the risks Knowing that her mum was praying for her on the mountain What happened during 2017 and 2019 Making her training the number 1 priority  Hating running but knowing she needed to for her stamina Running 400K and doing the UTMB Oman  Learning more about her body and figuring out her nutrition and hydration The mountains in Oman  Getting to Everest Base Camp in 2019 and not knowing anyone else Being very quiet and keeping to herself at the start Living there for 50 days Putting herself first and being her own best friend The mental side of the challenge and pushing herself hard Learning that her coach and mentor Khalid al-Siyabi died while at base camp The final push to the summit and making her dreams come true Climbing Ama Dablam, in Nepal, (6,812 metres /22,349 ft) Working with young people to inspire them Final words of advice  Why you have to work hard to achieve your dreams   Social Media   Instagram: @alharthynoor   

    Ellen Piercy - Leading a double life of adventure and engineering. Trained for an expedition to Svalbard 2022 and walking all 25 long distance trails in Cheshire #CheshireChallenge.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 49:04

    Ellen in her own words:   I was a late starter to living more adventurously: in my late-thirties I realised that maybe I hadn't left it too late and began to push my boundaries.     I gained my Hill and Moorland Leader qualification and after cycling a section of the Camino de Santiago in 2017 I set my sights on a cold adventure.     With 42 being the answer to life, the universe and everything I planned and trained for an expedition on Svalbard in the high arctic in 2020 when I was 42.     But just two weeks before leaving, covid cancelled everything. And cancelled again in 2021.     The only thing to do was set a challenge I could do during lockdown and so the Cheshire Challenge was born.     Searching for long distance walks local to home, I found there are 25 long distance trails that start or finish in Cheshire totalling 1500km and I'm walking them all.     I love the wilder mountains and moors but lockdown has made me appreciate what is on my doorstep, but I still have my sights set on Svalbard. Third time lucky?   Listen to Ellen on the Tough Girl Podcast - New episodes go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time -    Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss out!    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting The Tough Girl Podcast and becoming a patron please visit -  www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.     Show notes Leading a double life of adventure and engineering Feeling as though she'd missed out on adventuring  Getting into adventure in her mid thirties What changed in her mid thirties  Growing up in Cumbria Starting to meet up with a friend in the Peak District How Rando Girls came about What Rando Girl means… Developing her outdoor skills from navigation to map reading How discovering the Tough Girl Podcast helped Getting into climbing and joining the Chester Mountaineering Club  Enjoying the learning process Hill and Moorland Leader Qualification   How long it took to get the qualification Balancing the training, gaining the knowledge and having a life! The dream to go to Svalbard, Norway A cold adventure! North, South or going High 42 - “the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.” Being interested in human powered adventures Being inspired by Adelaide Goodeve Training expedition to Svalbard with Newland Expeditions Instructor - Helen Turton Having everything cancelled because of Covid Fingers crossed that it will go ahead in 2022 Being in the proper cold and learning how to ski Approach to fitness and keeping motivated during local lockdown The Cheshire Challenge - to walk all 25 long distance paths in Cheshire totalling 1,500km The The Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA)  The 12hr Challenge (Inspired by Rae Red - Tough Girl Tribe) The Wirral Circular Trail  Wanting to hit 42km…. in 12hrs! The toughest moment on the 12hr challenge Not wanting to get injured Having fun on the challenge  Final push….. Final push!!! Roller skiing on Skikes  Tyre pulling with Evil Edna… Final words of advice   Social Media   Website: randogirls.com    Instagram: @randogirl42    Facebook: www.facebook.com/EllenRandoGirl   Twitter: @randogirl42   

    Sufiya - Ultra Runner, Fastest female to Run from Kashmir to Kanyakumari (4,000 km in 87 days) and the Indian Golden Quadrilateral Road (6000 km in 110 days, 23 hours).

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 29:50

    Sufiya worked in the aviation industry for almost 10 years before she started her running career in 2017 when she ran her first half marathon in Delhi.    After starting running and realising the benefits for her health, it became her passion and she decided to quit her job and focus full time on running. Sufiya has combined her passion for running while promoting her message of HOPE (Humanity, Oneness, Peace, Equality) through her runs.   Sufiya is now a professional ultra-runner with three years of experience in ultra-running and long run expeditions.   In 2018, Sufiya became the fastest female to complete the Great Indian Golden Triangle Run (720 km in 16 days) and entered the India Book of Records.    Taking forward her message of ‘HOPE', Sufiya took on her next big challenging by deciding to run from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. She completed the run of 4,000 km in just 87 days in 2019 entered the Guinness Book of World Records!    Sufiya shares more about her running journey and the challenges she has faced and overcome and also provides advice and top tips to help you with your running.    Listen to Sufiya now as she shares her story on the Tough Girl Podcast   New episodes go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Not using a surname Living in Delhi and working as a member of the ground staff at the Delhi International Airport for 10 years Leaving her job in 2018 Wanting to make a change in her life How her job was affecting her health Getting into running in 2017 Taking part in marathons and wanting to explore more places Running her first ultra marathon 52km Running The Golden Triangle which connects 3 main cities of India (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) 2018 - “Run for Humanity and Run for Peace” - spreading good vibes and positivity Not coming from a sports background Deciding to run from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in 2019 in 87 days Having to choose between her job and running - choosing running! Not being financially strong and starting crowd funding Defining HOPE - (Humanity, Oneness, Peace, & Equality) 2021 - Running the Indian Golden Quadrilateral Road (6000 km in 110 days, 23 hours) Why running is like meditation Running as a woman in India  Getting lots of support from the local people  Being very positive Being inspired by her parents Being inspired by Michelle Kakade who ran the Golden Quadrilateral in 194 days  Logistics of The Great Indian Triangle Run Running on a small budget  How her body coped with running 45km everyday Feeling tired and exhausted Not having a coach and not being strong Dealing with an IT Band injury Doing yoga and meditation and working on having a positive mind Paying for her running and lifestyle Struggling to get sponsorship and dealing with financial problems Having 6 months to train for the Kashmir to Kanyakumari run (4,000km) People helped by the people while on the road Dealing with a collapsed lung and ending up in the hospital for 5 days Not being able to stand up Dealing with bad traffic, pollution and construction works Why it was more than running and a world record Her mission and message of HOPE - (Humanity, Oneness, Peace, & Equality) Wanting to contribute to her country  Nutrition and not following a proper diet while on the run Eating the local food and taking protein powder, and BCAA during expeditions Running in the heat and the humidity of India Feeling happy with her life and the decisions she's made Planning a big project for 2023/2024 - Running around the world and planning the route Hell Race - running 500 km in 5 days at elevation Needing to acclimatise her body and spend time in the mountains Being active on social media Filming all of her runs and sharing them on Youtube Final worlds of advice to motivate and inspire you The power of believing in yourself   Social Media   Instagram: @sufiyasufirunner   Facebook: www.facebook.com/sufiya.khan.714    Twitter: @sufirunner    Youtube: SufiyaandVikasWorld   

    Vici Royle - Passionate Runner taking on her first 100K challenge - Race to the Castle!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2021 72:50

    Vici is a University administrator who finds her happy place in a pair of running shoes. She's been running for over 10 years, sparked by the dream to join the thousands of people at the start line of the London Marathon. She finally got her London medal in 2016 and has been inspired to push her limits even further with ultra distances and tackling trail in the hills and glens of Scotland. Vici wants to inspire the everyday woman to lace up and get out the door to feel those endorphins and appreciate how incredible the human body is, and how a strong mind can help you to unlock your potential. On Vici's office wall, you'll find countless race numbers and medals to remind her of the many happy memories she's made whilst both chasing personal bests and just having a good time, enjoying the scenery. As well as running, Vici has also walked the West Highland Way (with her husband) and the Great Glen Way (solo) and is planning an epic adventure exploring some of Scotland's most beautiful islands. Vici is learning that it's totally okay to give time to self-care, and putting herself first. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out. The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast. Show notes Living in Glasgow and turning 30! Running for 10+ years Chasing personal bests and running for fun Life before pre-lockdown Walking the West Highland Way and the Great Glenn Way Growing up in Yorkshire and not being sporty Starting to want to explore more of the world Being inspired by the Olympics and runners in the London Marathon Training for the London Marathon  Race to the Castle  Wanting to do a new running adventure and deciding on a 100K/62 miles  Telling friends and family about her goals Inspiring her friends to get into running Having an event to help with motivation Her passion and love for running Working with running coach Jen Scotney Making the transition from running a marathon to an ultra marathon Tailoring run training to her menstrual cycle and heart rate Making the transition from running a marathon to an ultra marathon The benefits of going down the coach route What a typical training week looked like Recovery after runs The mental side of the challenge Approaching each run as a good day out Taking it one checkpoint at a time Breaking the challenge down  Having a plan on what to do at each checkpoint What to do when you don't feel like running Being inspired by Sophie Radcliffe Feeling tired during taper time Thoughts on how the race will go Thinking about the finish line  Having a mantra! “I am strong - I can do this”   PART 2 Arriving at the start line at 8.30am Going off 1 by 1 and having to get in the queue…. Wanting to just start the race Feeling relief once starting Starting out really well Dealing with a lot of hills at the start What the terrain was like Breaking the race down into the checkpoints Having a plan for the checkpoints Counting up and down from 20 Starting to get hard at the 40km mark Dealing with rubbish weather, mud and bottle necks at styles Having an internal mental battle  Not drinking enough water and eating too many cereal bars…. Having positive moments in the dark moments Having stomach problems  Going past 26.2 miles Feeling super strong and amazing Reaching the half way point Deciding to pull out of the race Feeling broken 14k to the next checkpoint Feeling heartbroken Needing to make a decision which was right for me Process the DNF Feeling proud of the training that's been done Returning the kit Why time is a great healer Running 57.7 km Advice for women who have a fear of failure Why failure is not a dirty word Using a What If List Anna McNuff - Ted Talk - What if I Fail?  Advice for women who want to get into ultra running Choosing a challenge that makes your heart sing Going public with her goal and the lessons learned The Dramathon - Running for Whiskey!! Future plans and races  Final words of advice - “Do more of what makes you happy”   Social Media Blog: vicidoesstuff.blogspot.com Instagram: @vicidoesstuff Twitter: @vicidoesstuff  

    Jasmine Sanchez - Runner, Founder of Vessel Athletics, and a Community Lead of the Running Industry Diversity Coalition.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 29:20

    Jasmine is based in San Jose, California and recently graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Business & Environmental Studies.   In 2020 Jasmine was inspired by Beau Mills and his 24hr Marathon Challenge - she loved this idea of running 1.1 mile every hour and decided to do her own version of the challenge. Jasmine wanted to raise awareness around issues including police brutality, running alone as a female and Missing Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).    Jasmine dedicated each mile she ran to a different individual who has been a victim of police brutality or violence.   Jasmine first started running in college and soon discovered an issue with the hydration options available for her to take on longer runs. Soon after, she founded  Vessel Athletics, a functional activewear brand for runners, launching the world's first Hydroshirt, a shirt that integrates a removable hydration pack, allowing athletes to seamlessly hydrate on runs, without the need for a heavy hydration backpack, flimsy water belt, or bottle.    Her passion lies in entrepreneurship, community building, social and environmental advocacy, and of course, running.   Jasmine share more about her life, her passion for running and provided top tips and advice to help you take your first step to becoming a running.    New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Subscribe so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Jasmine Growing up in Northern California  Being sporty and active Playing basketball Being inspired by her Aunt Her dreams and ambitions Wanting to start her own business and wanting to be an entrepreneur Hating running while at high school Enjoying running more at College Being shy and introverted and wanting to do something on her own Signing up for local running events Finding a love for running  Connecting with the running community Running for the mental and health benefits Doing her first 10K alone Training for her first marathon Dealing with knee injuries Starting her own running group Seeing the value in online communities  Running Industry Diversity Coalition. (RIDC)  Being a Community Lead for RIDC #StopAsianHate Talking about the bigger social issues and learning from other people Advice for women who feel that they don't fit in Inviting your friends to run and hike Taking on a 24hr Marathon Challenge Being inspired by Beau Miles - A Mile an Hour: Running a different kind of marathon  Dedicating every mile to a victim  The epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Being supported by her friends and family  Virtual runs and virtual challenges Being motivated to go running Founding Vessel Athletics  The idea behind the product Launching the product on Kickstarter Looking for product testers in the USA Final words of advice for new runners Don't put too much pressure on yourself.    Social Media   Vessel Athletics - is creating the world's first Hydroshirt®, a patent-pending activewear shirt that holds a removable hydration pack, allowing runners and athletes to seamlessly hydrate.   Website www.vesselathletics.com    Instagram @vesselathletics   Personal - @thejasruns    Running Industry Diversity Coalition: Creating a more equitable and inclusive running industry.     The Running Industry Diversity Coalition is a newly formed coalition of running brands, running retailers, and runners representing Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) who are working together to increase diversity within the running industry. We are brought together by our love of running and desire to cease the existing systemic racism in the running industry and running community. The national coalition is a working group that seeks to challenge the current status while unifying and amplifying the inclusion, access and roles of BIPOC in our industry.   Website - www.runningdiversity.com    Instagram @runningdiversity  

    Hannah "The Destroyer" Jennings shares more on how to become a badass, level up your strength, and build unparalleled confidence in yourself.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 38:22

    Hannah "The Destroyer" Jennings is a Strength & Mental Process Coach.   For over the past 10 years Hannah has been lifting weights and building an unstoppable mental process to ensure she performs at her best in both competitions and in life.    Hannah has competed at State, National, and World Level Championships. She has been the West Virgina State Lightweight Women (LW) Strongman Champion and holds the World Record in the Mouser Block Press (LW category).   Hannah is a coach who helps female athletes to bust past mental blocks and to level up. She helps women understand what having the right mindset and building strength can truly do for them.    Hannah has a Masters in Sport Science with a background in Powerlifting and Strongman.    “Once the mental process is in place training and life take on a new meaning. The fear, insecurity, self doubt, and frustration are gone and confidence and strength take its place.”   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Who is Hannah and what she does Growing up in a large family  Growing up with 7 brothers and 2 sisters Getting into strength at 15 years old Wanting to get stronger for soccer Role models during her teenage years Being inspired by her older sister and Joan of Arc  Going from homeschooling to high school Wanting to become a vet Getting into lifting competitively  The journey to competitive lifting  Dealing with injury Loving how lifting made her feel Starting in powerlifting Making the transition into strongman Feeling powerful and badass What's involved in powerlifting and strongman Loving the squat The mental side of competitions - before, during and after Dealing with nerves Focusing on her mental process  Breaking it down into smaller steps Handling negative self talk How her confidence has changed Training with periods Am I lazy or tired? Top tips for recovery Why sleep is so important What to do when hitting a strength plateau Learning the art of Patience  Nutrition and fueling her workouts Working with a meal prep company  Common themes around mindset Future dreams and goals Performing feats of strength  Myths around strength Changing the mindset of women and encouraging them to lift weight Advice for women who want to start lifting  The power of getting on a program and stick to it for 4 weeks Keeping yourself accountable The benefits of working with a coach Where her nickname came from Turning the negative to the positive Final words of advice to help with your self confidence and self belief    Social Media Website: www.powerthroughmovement.net Instagram: @hannahthedestroyer Facebook: @hannahjennings16  

    Sam Ortiz is a plus size, Latinx, rock climber, mountaineer, and founder of Climb Big.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 50:33

    Sam Ortiz (she/her) is a plus size, Latinx, rock climber, mountaineer, and adventure photographer based in WA state. Sam is the founder of Climb Big, a group she started to make climbing more accessible to fat folx after struggling to find a place in the outdoors, herself.   Sam hosts meet-ups with other female and non-binary plus size folx to offer a safer space to share her outdoor skills and discuss tips on finding gear for plus size bodies.   Sam has done plus size modelling for outdoor brands like REI, Eddie Bauer, and Alder Apparel.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Subscribe so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.     Show notes Who is Sam and where she is based Growing up in Kentucky Growing up with 2 older sisters Growing up near the Red River Gorge Not feeling welcome in the outdoors Finding her footing in the outdoor world Not seeing people who looked like her  Her dreams as a little girl Getting into photography through high school Being drawn to the outdoors Trying to figure out her place in the outdoor Applying for AmeriCorps Going to Juneau, Alaska Being surrounded by nature  Giving herself permission to be person she thought she could be Proving to herself that she could do hard things Deciding to try and climb the mountain Being ok with failing and knowing that she can come back and try again How her journey in rock climbing started The importance of having fun Deciding to sign up to the AmeriCorps program  Graduating college and knowing what she didn't want to do Signing an 11 month contract Climbing her first mountain and what it meant The next step in her journey  Moving to Washington State Choosing to do another year of AmeriCorps Her love affair with the outdoors Lessons learned from the outdoors that have been applied to everyday life Learning and developing new skills for the outdoors The power of having a mentor The Mountaineers  Being an Ambassador for Pacific Northwest Outdoor Women  Fat Girls Hiking  Starting to host meet ups for Climb Big  The issues with gear for plus size/fat climbers Wanting to show other women that their body is capable  Breaking down the barriers for fat and plus-sized people in getting outside Bennett Rahn - @bennettrahn  Dr Meghan Banker @pdxoutdoorchiro  Dreams and goals for Climb Big Being inspired by Mirna Valerio - @themirnavator  Jenny Bruso - white queer fat femme writer & hiker taking body liberation outdoors. @jennybruso Unlikely Hikers - A diverse outdoor community, hiking group & podcast for the underrepresented hiker @unlikelyhikers Asking companies for gear that they are not making Creating a Climb Big Community on Facebook  Final words of advice from Sam    “You are allowed to take up space, you are allowed to go at your own pace, you are allowed to do something and to really make it your own, even if you don't see anyone else who looks like you doing it. That there is such beauty in deciding that you want to do something and going after it. And you are allowed to do that, you are allowed to try, and you are allowed to fail while you do it as well. You don't always have to succeed and that's ok. You're allowed to fail and to try again, and try again. And it doesn't mean that you, aren't good enough and you are not worthy, it just means you are a beginner and it's ok to be a beginner, so you are allowed to fail.”   Social Media   Find Sam on Instagram @SamOrtizPhoto   At Climb Big, we're interested in making rock climbing and the outdoors more accessible to fat folx.   The barriers for plus size adventurers are huge, including a lack of representation and access, not to mention an incredibly limited selection of the gear and clothing that are necessary for safety in the outdoors.   Climb Big Website - www.climbbig.org    Find Climb Big on Instagram @Climb.Big    Join the Climb Big Community group on Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/climbbig 

    Denise Mueller-Korenek - Goal Setting, Overcoming Performance Anxiety and becoming the fastest cyclist on earth!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 43:36

    In 2018, Denise Mueller-Korenek set the world record for paced bicycle land speed, traveling at an average of 183.932 MPH, becoming the fastest cyclist on earth.    Denise smashed the previous record of 147.7 MPH set in 1995, and in doing so, became the first and only woman in history to hold the world record, which was first established in 1899.    Denise also has multiple other athletic achievements to her name, including: US Women's Human Powered Bicycle Record holder (non motor paced) at 70.6mph (Sept 2019) 15 National Cycling Championships (Mt. Biking, Road & Velodrome) Ironman and Half Ironman finisher (2013) 2 x Jr. World Championship medalist in Mt. Biking in Italy (Downhill & Cross Country) Completed over 50 half marathons in 29 states + DC Completed over 9 marathons on 4 continents, including Antarctica (2013) & The Great Wall of China (2017) Denise is an inspiration to all cyclists, and continues to push the boundaries of what is humanly possible. Listen to Denise on the Tough Girl Podcast.    New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Subscribe so you don't miss out!    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Being based in San Diego in California Her claim to fame Being an athlete her entire life Her passions and interests at a young age Coming from a high achieving family Getting her first bike Entering her first 100 mile charity race with her dad Riding from San Fransisco to San Diego Meeting her Cycling Coach John Howard Role models in the sport Her dreams of becoming a professional athlete Creating vision cards Dealing with performance pressure/anxiety  1991 - Going to the World Championships to Italy as a Junior Deciding to leave the sport Making the transition out of the sport and what happened next Meeting her husband and having children  Running a family business Keeping healthy but not challenging herself physically Being inspired by the women at the gym Signing up for her first Marathon Building on each success Dealing with anxiety related to extreme competition Looking for the next challenge and next opportunity Being the first female to go after the land speed record on a bike Needing to become a National Champion Doing hypnotherapy  What the land speed record is What's going through her head at that speed Why there is nothing apart from that moment Dealing with the dangers and managing the risks Having trust in her team Physical preparation and being in the shape possible to take on this challenge Setting a new goal - Running half marathons in every state of America Having a gratitude board Advice around setting goals   Social Media   Website     www.183mph.com      www.TheProjectSpeed.com   Twitter @FireCycle    Instagram @FireCycle    Facebook  @FireCycle  

    Jessica Nabongo -  Ugandan-American World Traveller, who became the first Black Woman to travel to every country in the world!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 28:38

    Jessica is a Detroit-born Ugandan-American who got her start with traveling when she was just four years old, and in October 2019, she became the first Black Woman to travel to every country in the world.    Jessica is a cultural ambassador, writer, photographer, travel expert and entrepreneur, whose work is about changing the travel narrative and making the travel space more inclusive. She is the founder and CEO of The Catch, a lifestyle brand featuring goods acquired during her global adventures.    Jessica is committed to raising cultural awareness and encourages people to think positively about other countries and the world at large, so that we don't miss out on opportunities to have amazing experiences with our neighbours.    In March 2019, she was named one of the 30 Most Powerful Women in Travel by Conde Nast Traveler.    Jessica is currently working on her first book, to be published by National Geographic in May 2022.     New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Subscribe so you don't miss out!    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Being a liver and lover of life Being known as the first Black woman to travel to all 195 countries in the world Being a Global Citizen Growing up in Detroit, Michigan  Travelling a lot as a family Going to Canada when she was 4 Wanting to become a lawyer when she was younger Getting into travel and wanting to be an entrepreneur  Working and living all over the world Figuring things out on her own Turning 25 and spending 9 months travelling What draws her to travel Being curious about the world and finding beauty in the mundane Magical moment with people while travelling Planning and paying for the travel Making space for travel  Being location independent and working for herself Doing a Go Fund Me and raising $28,000  Dealing with burnout from travel Visiting Iraq Having a home base in Detroit How 2020 made Jessica appreciate stillness Top tips for women who want to travel more Why you should just go Corey Lee @CurbFreeCorylee  Char @travelingblackwidow  Her biggest challenge while travelling  Swimming with Wales in Tonga Visiting high risk countries…. Travelling with open, positive energy Travel routines and what a typical day looks like Writing a book about her travel experiences  100 stories - 100 countries being published by National Geographic in 2022 Dealing with Covid and not being able to travel Visiting the last country  Completing her challenge! Spending time in Uganda Enjoying solo travel Wanting to settle down at some point Practical advice for women How to follow along with Jessica What's behind the website name…   Social Media   Website thecatchmeifyoucan.com    Instagram: @jessicanabongo    Facebook: @thecatchmeifyoucan    Youtube: youtube.com/thecatchmeifyoucan    Twitter: @thecmiyc  

    Sarah Williams - Reflects on the end of 2020 and the start of 2021. Plus more info on the UK Adventure Series #ChallengeWithCicerone and answering questions from patrons and the Tough Girl Tribe.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 62:21


    During this episode, I reflect back on the final 6 months of 2020 and the beginning of 2021.    I share more about my next challenge - the Tough Girl UK Adventure Series. Plus answer a variety of questions from patrons and members of the tough girl tribe.    I share more about what I've been up to during the covid months, how my goals have changed. I reflect on some of the smaller challenges, such as the #MarchDailyMile challenge with Inov-8, the 12hr walking challenges, doing 30 days of Yin Yoga and walking the Sandstone Trail (55k) in 1 day!   Follow along with - The Tough Girl UK Adventure Series is sponsored by Cicerone #ChallengeWithCicerone.   Learn more about Cicerone - visit their website www.cicerone.co.uk    New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes More info about today's episode  Looking back over the past 12 months and looking forward to the next 6 months The purpose of these episodes  Stopping to reflect on what's been achieved Reflecting on May/June 2020 Representation, diversity and inclusion FB post - 5th June 2020 “Words are not enough - actions have to be taken to make change happen.” The actions I've been taking to improve the diversity on the Tough Girl Podcast How it works with the TGP  and having to preload content August 2020 - milestone month - 50,270 downloads in 1 month…. The power of the stories being heard around the world August 2020 - starting back at the gym with a PT Taking the time to think about what else I could/should be doing with my life Looking at doing -  Doctor of Professional Studies (DProf) by Public Works at Middlesex University  Women's Adventure Institute - working on the vision  Having Rosie Swale Pope come to stay for my birthday in September 3rd Lockdown in January 2021 and dealing with the UK Winter Feeling sad in February 2021 Trying out the new Inov-8 Terra Ultra G270 Trainers to test out  Running in March #MarchDailyMile Challenge and having a purpose May - Walking with Ellen Piercy  #CheshireChallenge doing the Wirral Circular Trail  June - Yin Yoga 60hrs online course - not finished yet! July 24th walking the Sandstone Trail (55k) in 1 day  Having the vaccine! Thinking about the 6th Year Anniversary of the Tough Girl Podcast - 4th August 2021 Looking at potentially challenges I could do in the UK… Reaching out to the Cicerone about sponsoring the Tough Girl UK Adventure Series Plans for August - Walking the Anglesea Coastal Path with Alex Mason Going to Run Fest Run (27th - 29th August 2021) with 2 tribe member  Winchester being the start of The Pilgrims Way  Heading home for my 40th Birthday  Heading up to Scotland - going to stay with Vici Royle in Scotland Plans for September How busy the past 2 weeks have been, and being included in 3 books Ask An Adventure: Live Adventurously, Be Creative By Alastair Humphreys  The Story Powered Speaker By Norman Bell  Run Like A Girl By Danielle Brown Money and patrons  2021 - 259 active patrons  Debt, Saving up for a new laptop, putting money into an emergency fund, saving for the Dprof Working with Protein Rebel  Collaborating with Hazel Oakes - Muralist and Illustrator  Facebook Live for the Tribe - 4th August 6pm The Tough Girl Podcast total downloads 1,782,000 - Will we reach 2 Million by the end of the year… Has the podcast reached a plateau? Releasing 3 episodes a week in August and September  Being interviewing on other people's podcasts  Am I approachable?  Answering Patrons & Tribe Questions Podcasting advice and benefits of podcasting Advice for supporting the Tough Girl message Final Summary   Social Media   Website: www.toughgirlchallenges.com   Instagram: @toughgirlchallenges    Facebook: @ToughGirlChallenges    Twitter: @_tough_girl     Take a listen to the solo reflections episodes which I've done over the past few years.    7th Aug 2020 - Sarah Williams - Reflections on 2019 & and the start of 2020.    4th Aug 2019 - Reflections on 2018 and the start of 2019. Plus plans for Tough Girl Challenges.    30th Dec 2017 - Reflecting on 2017 and the plans for 2018    30th Dec 2016 - Reflections for 2016 & Plans for 2017  


    Milbry Polk - Explorer and Photo Journalist, Founder of Wings WorldQuest, and on the Board for The Explorers Club 

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 58:10

    Milbry C. Polk (BA, honors) Radcliffe College, Harvard University, has lectured in more 150 schools, universities and public affairs organizations.  She co-founded and was executive director of Wings WorldQuest, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women at the leading edge of science and discovery.  She also founded and directed programs for the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of the American Indian. She was Vice-Chair of the Conference on Affordable World Security (Newseum, March 27-28, 2012).   Among her writings are Women of Discovery (Library Journal award Best Books of 2001 and School Library Journal, Best Books); Egyptian Mummies (Margaret A. Edwards Award best books); editor, The Looting of the Iraq Museum, Baghdad; and Reviews and Contributing Editor of The Explorers Journal, 1998-the present.  She co-founded with Imagination Celebration, and wrote yearly curriculum for nine years for The Art of Exploration, a program for the Public Schools of Ft. Worth, Texas.    She led or participated in expeditions to Prince William Sound, Alaska; the Western Desert of Egypt (National Geographic); Yemen; Southern Sudan; Saudi Arabia; Iran; Pakistan; John River, Alaska; Nepal; Brazilian coast; Greenland; Baffin Island; Devon Island; India (American Museum of Natural History); Chinese Tibet; NW Greenland, and the Andaman Sea.     Ms. Polk's honors include: The Sweeney Medal, The Explorers Club, Capt. J-E Bernier Medal, Royal Canadian Geographic Society (2015), Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award (2011); Alumnae of the Year, Madeira School (2011), Environmental Leadership Award, Unity College;  Womens' ENews “Leader of the 21st Century”, Who's Who, Women of the Year Award; Honorary Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Fellow of The Explorers Club and  Fellow of Wings WorldQuest. She is on the Board of The Explorers Club, serves on numerous Advisory Boards and served for ten years on the Board of Governors of the National Arts Club.     New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Introduction Her background Being born in Oxford, UK and growing up between Europe, Egypt and America Becoming a photo journalist in the 70s & 80s Working with Margaret Mead  Thinking of doing a PHD at Oxford Figuring out what she truly wanted to do  Following the route of Alexander the Great Starting to put together expeditions and selling them to magazines Working in the Middle East & Asia Wanting to be an explorer from a young age Using her initials to apply for a guiding expedition course Life as a photojournalist Respecting the local culture Taking photos of Yemen How exploration has changed over the past 40/50 years The importance of curiosity  Getting married and getting pregnant How life changed after having a baby Being introduced to women explorers Nicole Maxwell Book: Witch Doctor's Apprentice, Maxwell, Nicole, 1990   Having a library of 1,500 books on women explorers and adventurers Going to find women explorers from India Wanting to create a Women Explorers Library Wanting to keep the collection of books together The importance of learning women's stories Being driven by your passion Reading everything and being fascinated by history How Wings WorldQuest was started How it evolved Starting to focus more on education Women of the Deep, Explorers Club Why it's an exciting time to be a young woman Joining the Explorers Club in 1994 as a Fellow and now being on the board Working with Adventure Canada Going outside her comfort zone Doing adventures/expeditions without technology  Needing to be careful  Keeping positive during tough situations Building a fellowship of women Women supporting women  Future expeditions  Adventure Science - #domorewithyourfitness  Writing book reviews and writing a book on her great grandmother New book - Women of the Arctic  Babes & Death Women on pilgrimages  Going back to Oxford to do her PhD Needing to update her website  Final words of advice  Figuring out your passion Why there is no such thing as failure Listen to your inner self  Kristin Gates    Social Media   Website milbrypolk.com    Wing WorldQuest - WINGS was formed in 2003 to identify and support the discoveries and accomplishments of women explorers and scientists and to inspire the next generation of problem solvers.   Website -  www.wingsworldquest.org    Instagram - @wingsworldquest   Facebook - @WINGSWorldQuest    Twitter - @wingsworldquest  

    Nuran Honakhande - An adventurous mum whose aim is to inspire and encourage mums to adventure solo with kids.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 36:31

    Nuran in her own words:   “Lover of road trips, the great outdoors, and all things natural; I feel truly free and content in the mountains.   After giving up my corporate job in 2015, I embarked on a 7-week road trip through Europe with my two children in tow to visit friends and family. The kids were 3 and 6 years old at the time and I had no idea when I might go back to work, so wanted to make the most of our summer together.    Since my husband wasn't able to join us due to work commitments – and because I'm not one for sitting at home during the summer holidays, I went on my own.    Little did we know that what started as a spontaneous idea, would soon turn into the regular highlight of our year.   Our road trip adventures have taken us across Europe and we fell in love with the Alps and the Scottish Highlands. This summer we are hoping to explore the Italian Dolomites not least because I really want us to try a Via Ferrata hike there.   I'm a huge believer in “trying out new things” or “just going for it”.    You can't truly know what you are capable of without trying it. This is especially amazing to witness with children when they've achieved something for the first time! With experience comes trust and self belief; these are the values that I try to instil in my kids.   As Thomas Fuller once said, “All thing are hard difficult before they are easy.”   Therefore, I've just launched my adventure & travel blog “www.growadventurously.com" where my mission is simple: I want to inspire mums to adventure solo with their kids; through adventure/travel tips & advice, itineraries and green & healthy lifestyle guides. I want to give them the confidence to experience this joy with their kids, make wonderful memories and grow adventurously together.”   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.     Show notes Growing up in Germany to Turkish Parents Being based in South East London for the past 15 years Having 2 kids, aged 7 & 11 years old Spending time outdoors while she was growing up Doing lots of sports in her teen years  Loving adventure and taking the opportunities to try something new Deciding to go sky diving last minute on a business trip! Why you should seize the moment and take advantage of the opportunities Having children in her early 30s Deciding to make a change in 2015 The life/work balance  Having 7 weeks off with the kids Wanting to do something fun Deciding on a road trip to Germany  Her role models when she was younger Planning and preparation for the first road trip Figuring out the loop Structure of the day How to entertain the children Loving audio books Dealing with meltdowns How it worked being solo  Magical moment  Getting into rock climbing Growing with her children  Overcoming challenges while on the road Deciding to start blogging to inspire other mums to go on adventures with their kids Incorporating adventure into her everyday life Starting gardening in 2020 Training for the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge Following a training plan based on HR Working on her fitness and endurance Kate Sielmann - Mountaineering & Trekking Coach Fitting her training in around her family  Mental training… Being prepared with food and water Final words of advice and top tips   Social Media   Website growadventurously.com    Instagram - @growadventurously     Facebook - @growadventurously  

    Dr. Megan Banker is a plus-size outdoor adventurer and chiropractor on a mission to inspire and empower people to step into their power and live without limits. 

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 41:46

    Megan in her own words:   “I'm Megan (she/her) and I live in Portland, OR. I'm on a mission to inspire people to live their life without limits. I want to show people that you can do, be and live however you want AND that you can change your mind about what that means any time you want. Your mind has the power to climb whatever mountains your facing and I'm here to help guide you.   I fell in love with rock and mountain climbing 4 years ago and struggled to find my place at first. Instagram played a huge role in helping me step into my power when I started following other plus size adventurers. I want to increase representation of plus size people in the outdoors, especially in leadership/guide roles. I want to see more people who look like me in marketing from outdoor gear companies. And I REALLY want to get better technical gear for bigger bodies so we can keep doing all the things outside safely (and even fashionably? What a dream).”   Dr. Megan Banker practices from a Health at Every Size model meaning she teaches her patients how to improve their health without focusing on weight. Megan is a co-founder of Climb Big, an initiative to increase representation of plus size rock climbers.   “My body is not an object for your actions or feelings to be directed. My body is not a thing that receives action or inaction. It does not exist for your fantasy, ridicule, attitudes, judgements, lust, admiration or hatred. My body is a subject. It is. It does. It moves. It breathes. It experiences. It loves. It is so much more than an object. My body is a subject.” - Shared by Megan on IG - 3rd April 2021.   Content Warning: We talk about bullying and dieting at a young age.   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.     Show notes 31 years old, Living in Portland, Oregon Being a plus sized climber Growing up in Central California  Being the oldest of 3 girls Growing up in a bigger body Starting swimming at 4 years old Going to an academically intense prep school Taking up rugby in college Deciding to become a Doctor… Reflecting back on her teenage years Being put on a diet at 8 years old Yo-yo dieting  Living in a bigger body  Building self confidence through sport Why rugby is such an inclusive sport Stepping into her power as a bigger bodied woman Loving the physicality of rugby Joyful movement Getting into hiking in her late 20s Moving to Portland after Grad School in 2015 Joining Meet Up to connect with others Gaining new skills in climbing  The Mazamas 8 week Course (Portland)  Solo hiking and wild camping for the first time The biggest challenge Megan has had to face in the outdoors Being competitive with herself Putting pressure on herself Fat is not a feeling Becoming her own best friend Being kind to herself Not having a good experience while Snowboarding Feel the feelings Balancing the stresses of life Meeting husband The power of role models The women who inspire Megan in the climbing and hiking space Unlikely Hikers - A diverse outdoor community

    Krystal Salvent - Her passion for cycling and being a co-leader of Black Girls Do Bike Denver. Helping to promote cycling among a community of BIPOC women, femmes, and girls in Colorado.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 50:07

    Krystal Salvent is all things fitness and fun who started cycling in 2018 when preparing for America's Most Beautiful Ride, a 100-mile ride in and around Lake Tahoe, NV to help fund research for Leukemia and Lymphoma. That same year she moved from New York City to Colorado in the chase of more cycling adventures.   “Bikes have allowed me to journey, adventure, and give back but also build a community.” says Krystal. This is why she is a co-leader with Black Girls Do Bike Denver to help promote cycling among a community of BIPOC women, femmes, and girls in Colorado.    Krystal is an ambassador of OUTRIDE, a non-profit focused on providing evidence-based cycling interventions to improve social, emotional, and cognitive health in youth.    Since moving to Colorado, she has experienced some of the most exhilarating times on the bike, connecting with other athletes, who like her, want to let everyone know that they TOO love to ride bikes. Her excitement for a future when it's safe to group ride has her more excited and motivated than ever.   When Krystal is not riding bikes, you can find her hiking with her pup, Latte, and snowboarding.   “IF YOU WANT SOMETHING, YOU'VE JUST GOT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.”   New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.     Show notes Who is Krystal What she's involved in Being with 2 puppies Not growing up with bikes Bikes as a form of transportation Not seeing bikes as a sport Being an athlete from a young age Growing up with 4 brothers Being inspired by track stars and wanting to be a runner Wanting to move her body Getting into cycling through spinning Moving to NYC and getting involved in the fitness industry Taking her “spinning” outside Being born on 9/11 Team In Training - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Learning how to ride a bike outdoors Main concerns and considerations from moving from a stationary bike to riding outdoors Being overly ambitious Being supported and encouraged Getting uncomfortable  Being inspired by everyday athletes  Making the decision to move to Denver, Colorado Black Girls Do Bike: Denver  Riding 100 miles per week during covid and getting back in training mode Getting into mountain biking  Growing the community and the magical moments Training and looking for a coach Spending time in the saddle Moving on from dentistry  A typical training week Rest and recovery Having a shower beer! Figuring out food and nutrition while riding Slow climb or fast descent? Getting back on the bike after a crash Being an Ambassador for Outride Being a role model for her nieces and nephews Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you      Social Media   Instagram: @krystalsalvent    Twitter: @krystalsalvent    Black Girls Do Bike: Denver - Promoting cycling among our community of Black women, femmes, and girls in Colorado.    Instagram:  @bgdbdenver   

    Rosie Stancer - Accomplished Polar athlete and explorer since 1996 - described by one journalist as “a cross between Tinker Bell and the Terminator”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 55:07

    Rosie Stancer has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to expeditions of increasing severity. Her endeavours have earned her a high public profile in the UK amongst living explorers.   On each of the expeditions, Rosie undertakes research – meteorological, environmental and physiological. Data from the latter is processed into published scientific papers with a view to helping both athletes and other expeditioners content with the challenges of their undertakings.    Since her first expedition, Rosie has always championed the need for any endeavour to forge a wealthy legacy of learning, sharing and inspiring others.   Rosie's expeditions include:   1997 THE ALL WOMEN NORTH POLE RELAY  - First all women team to reach The North Pole, A world 1st.   2000 MILLENNIUM WOMEN'S SOUTH POLE EXPEDITION  - Rosie was a member of the 5 women team to reach The South Pole. They were the 1st all-women team to do so. World 1st.   2003 SNICKERS SOUTH POLE SOLO - Rosie embarked alone on a solo expedition of 1,000k  with no resupplies & a sledge of 120 kilos to the South Pole. She smashed all previous speed records reaching the Pole in 43 days. (fastest previously some 64 days).   2007 MARS NORTH POLE SOLO - A record-breaking Expedition which had never before, nor since, been bettered. Rosie skied, climbed & swam across the frozen arctic ocean, alone for 84 days, setting another world record as the longest and furthest solo expedition to the north pole by any woman.   2011 Rosie explored the sea ice around Broughton Island in the high arctic, with award-winning photographer, Martin Hartley, in an area densely populated with polar bears. She spent time living with the Inuits, learning their ways of coping with climate changes & the modern-day challenges.   2018 Rosie led her team of women and two ex-military men through the more remote and less trodden dunes of the Wahiba sand. The expedition was undertaken as a training exercise in navigating, survival and cameleering in anticipation of A forthcoming major expedition through the length of the Interior of the fearsome Taklamakan desert in China, the country's largest giant-dune desert, second in size only to the Sahara.    2019 A sledging expedition the full length of the frozen Siberian Lake Baikal, the largest, deepest and oldest fresh-water lake in the world. This was a ‘Solo' & unsupported endeavour, undertaken jointly with another teammate but with both starting at opposite ends then ski-ing the furthermost southerly, westerly, easterly and northerly points of the lake. A total distance of some 675 km. The represented the first and longest full crossing undertaken solo by a woman, Rosie's most recent ‘first'.   Rosie holds the Explorers Club Medal, The Mirror Pride of Britain medal and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and is Vice President of SES – Scientific Exploration Society.   CONTENT WARNING - We talk about the self-amputation of toes with a penknife.      New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out.    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.     Show notes Who is Rosie? Being an explorer of the poles and deserts Wanting to share stories to motivate and inspire others Being inspired by Liv Arnesen What Rosie was like as a little girl Being brought up by nannies and going to prep boarding school at 7 in Scotland Not having dreams to go to the poles Being aware of opportunities and going after them Applying for the first all women expedition to the pole Going though a year long selection process Friends and family and what they though of her dreams Being supported by her husband The advantage of being part of an all women polar team Sponsorship and raising funds Getting out to the North Pole for the first time What people need to know about the poles Why the Arctic is more dangerous  Mental preparation for the first polar expedition What's in your head and your heart and your “ying” strengths Gaining mental confidence and mental resilience Resilience and flexibility Solo Expeditions and being sponsored by Snickers and Mars Preparation for taking on a solo challenge Working with researchers and academics The importance of staying positive Being fascinated by fear and how you cope with fear when you are on your own How her fears changed whilst out on the ice Having a fear of failure  Why it's about the journey Self amputation of toes…. whilst solo on the Arctic Dealing with extreme temperatures of -60 and getting frostbite in her toes Dealing with pain Getting up full of positivity and optimism Coping with isolation Dealing with the adventure blues How motherhood changed adventure  Lessons learned from expeditions What day to day life is like now Future expedition planned for August 2021 Quick Fire Questions Training to be fit like an animal Words that Rosie lives her life by Final words of advice   Social Media   Website - rosiestancer.com   Instagram - @rosiestancerexplorer    Facebook - @RosieStancerExploration  

    Dora Atim - Running Coach and Founder of Ultra Black Running. Completing The Speed Project twice, a 340-mile relay race from LA to Las Vegas!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 56:19

    Dora is a Running Coach for Nike UK and has launched Ultra Black Running - a community of Black Women and Non-Binary people to explore and experience the world of trail running.    “I'll do everything I can, to make sure trail running becomes more diverse and work towards overcoming any barriers we may face”   Dora is a youth mentor and works on self-development programmes to encourage young people to engage in sport based initiatives.   Listen to Dora on the Tough Girl Podcast! New episodes go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Subscribe so you don't miss out!    The Tough Girl Podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.   Show notes Why running is a really useful life tool Starting running in 2013 Getting into running via boxing  Getting into boxing via a friend Starting to take training seriously Finding her tribe The struggle with starting to run Pushing herself to see how far she could run Doing her first 10k The importance of going back to you why Having people to help hold you accountable Struggling with the label of being "a runner” Going to a run club for the first time If you run, you are a runner What happens at a run club Feeling part of a team Becoming a running coach Leadership in Running Studying Sports Coaching at University Deciding to take on The Speed Project!  Running from LA to Las Vegas  Being part of a team of 8 Doing intense training Running in Death Valley Fears and concerns before the race Getting through tough sections Her role in the team The push to the finish line and celebrating the end! Needing a new challenge… Deciding to the Speed Project a second time!! Her favourite distance to run What a typical running week would look like Training for life Running the Virtual Race to the Stones (100k in 7 days)  Getting out of the door in the morning Having to be tough on yourself to get things done Foam rolling & stretching…. Advice from her physio around active recovery Founding Ultra Black Running in July 2020 Wanting to do something for Black Women Getting into trail running Starting to fall out of love with running Feeling overwhelmed and anxious Wanting to share the joy with other people Waning to create a space for Black Women and Non Binary people Encouraging others to get into trail running Her dreams and thinking 5 years in the future Wanting to continue doing the work she is doing Loving South African House music Follow Dora on Spotify Final word of advice to encourage other women to get running    Social Media   Instagram    @doradontexplore    Last Pick Athletics Club (LPAC) was created by and for individuals who want to change the way they look at exercise and fitness.   Website - www.lastpick.co.uk   @lastpick.ac    Ultra Black Running - Celebrating and championing Black women and Black non-binary people in Trail running and beyond.   Instagram @ultrablackrunning

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