Elisabet is a Swedish ultra running athlete, who is also a two time winner of the toughest footrace on the planet - the Marathon des Sables - which she won in 2015 and 2017.
We first spoke with Elisabet for the Tough Girl Podcast in 2015 when she shared more about her earlier life, working as a management consultant, how she got into running and what it was like winning her first big race.
A lot has changed in the 5 years since we last spoke; Elisabet has remarried, sold her old running business and is now living in Norway and studying sex & relationship therapy. While still coaching her running clients.
During this episode we find out what’s been going on! We talk about dealing with pressure, going through a divorce, meeting a new man, leaving the UK to move to Norway. Plus changing her diet to plant based, and why she is wanting to transition out of competitive running.
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Catching up with Elisabet
Who is Elisabet
Making a living from running since 2015
Working as a management consultant in London
Changing jobs in 2014 and starting to train more for running
The impact from winning the Marathon des Sables in 2015
Taking the risk and daring to jump!
Finally leaving the corporate world in 2016
Reflecting back on 2016
The new challenges she had to face
Dealing with the pressure to perform
Racing and winning races all over the world!
Separating from her husband and trying to sell the business
The start of 2017
Not wanting to let anyone down
Coming 4th in MDS in 2016 - being 2 mins off the podium
Getting super focused and removing distractions from her life
Winning the MDS in 2017
Focusing on what she can control
Putting in the work and feeling confident
Focusing on the mental side of training
“The Queen of the Desert Ultra” - Lesson in Badassery
Top tips for running in desert ultras
Being flexible and being able to cope with the unexpected
Walking and hiking during ultra races
Fast packing/hiking adventures in Nepal and Sweden
Doing the Everest Trail Race
Meeting her husband
Changing to a plant based diet
Moving over to Norway
Deciding to study - Sex, Health & Relationships!
Being your authentic self
Learning to be kinder to her body
Struggling to find the motivation to race
Taking the time to reflect during Covid
The second half of 2020
Final words of advice for making changes in your life
Website - https://elisabetbarnes.com
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