Today we get to speak to two listeners of the Tough Girl Podcast, Ellie Blake & Meg Saunders. Both women will go onto share more about how the tough girl podcast has inspired them in their own lives to take on a new challenge and to step outside their comfort zone.
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Ellie Blake - Her journey to Ironman Wales!
Ellie started listening to the Tough Girl Podcast back when it started in 2015 at what was a particularly low point in her life. She was feeling lost having just failed to get into medical school for the 3rd time, she became a shell of herself and spiralled into depression.
Ellie was inspired by listening to the Sophie Radcliffe episode on her way to work one morning and just kept thinking wow! Since then she has listened religiously on commutes, during training and planned new adventures
“I truly believe this podcast gave me the confidence to make changes in my life and to have a little faith that it’s ok not to have everything figured out.”
Ellie has gone on to complete, her first, Sprint triathlon, half marathon, Marathon, 2 ultra-marathons and is currently training for Ironman Wales!
27 from Wiltshire
Studying for her Masters in Aberdeen
Being half way through a career change
Training for Ironman Wales
Having a passion for cycling
Starting to listen to the tough girl podcast back in 2015
Trying to get into Medical School
Feeling a bit lost and not knowing what she wanted to do with her life
Dealing with depression
Moving back in with her parents
Next steps forward
Starting with a private counsellor
Getting back into sport
Spending all her time studying
Stopping doing everything she enjoys
Getting back into running
Summer of 2016 doing a sprint triathlon
Trying to figure out what she wanted to do
Taking a step backwards
Doing a half marathon, a marathon and an ultra marathon in 2017
The importance of having a goal
Why you have to enjoy your challenges!
Doing the 100K Race to the Stones and wanting to do it in one day!
Being inspired by Sophie Radcliffe and her Alpine Coast to Coast Challenge
Quitting her job to go travelling in Asia
Enjoying her new course and studying again
Working with a coach for Ironman Wales
What advice would she have liked to hear?
Having more balance in her life?
Meg Saunders - Hiking the Inca Trail and signing up for a marathon!
“I’m inspired to travel to experience as much of the world and its cultures and landscapes as possible. After completing the Inca Trail last year in memory of my dad, I literally feel unstoppable. Tough Girl has given me the motivation and realisation that I can complete so much more than I thought!”
Living in Devon by the sea!
29 years old, working as a graphic designer
How sports and the outdoors were not a part of her life
Starting to get into running
Losing her dad in 2016
Wanting to raise money for the hospice
Signing up to the Inca Trail
Having a year to train and prepare
Heading over to South America and being terrified
Dealing with stomach issues
The biggest challenge on the trip - Day 2 - Dead Women’s Pass
Arriving at the Sungate into Machu Picchu
What happened when she got back home
Never listening to podcasts!
Signing up for the London Marathon
Advice and tips for women and girls who want more adventure in their life
Mental tips to keep going
Being inspired by Mirna Valerio
Follow her blog - www.inflightmeg.com
Feeling proud of herself
Ali Mahoney-Johnson - NEW BOOK - Two Wheels to Chamonix: 767 miles of blood, sweat and gears
"For anybody who has big adventure dreams or who signs up for challenges and then thinks 'what the hell have I done' and wants a bit of a giggle read this book you soon realise that anything is achievable if you just persevere and keep plodding on"
Riding to Chamonix
How it all started
How the Tough Girl Podcast helped to inspire Ali
Writing a book about her adventure
Getting support from twitter
What can you expect from the book!
Informative, educational and heat-warming
The What If method
Doing pro-active coping
What she has leant most from the process of doing the challenge and writing a book about the challenge
Setting up a new blog about travel and adventure
Website - www.themahojos.com
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