Jenny is passionate about human powered endurance challenges and loves combining this with her love of the mountains. At the moment, Jenny is making her way around the globe, running across a mountain range on every continent.
In 2016 she ran across the Tien Shan of Kyrgyzstan, in 2017 she ran across the Atlas of Morocco, and most recently ran across the Bolivian Andes. In 2019 Jenny will be tackling her fourth expedition, the Southern Alps in New Zealand!
Jenny first came on the tough girl podcast in February 2017 when she shared more about her first challenge, exploring the Yukon of North Canada by cycling over 3,000 km. After her ride to Yukon, suddenly being fit enough to take on a running endurance challenge seemed like a possibility. Jenny decided to run solo, self-supported across Kyrgyzstan over 900km!
On the Tough Girl podcast, Jenny Tough shared stories from several of her adventures and the lessons she learned along the way. Whether you’re thinking about a major challenge or want a little more adventure every day, you can learn something from this incredible woman.
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Take a listen to Jenny from when we spoke in September 2016
Her next big challenge
How the idea came about
Loving the mountains and her passion for running
Being looked after by local people
Deciding on her 2017 challenge
Getting into the zone
Moving from the survival stage to the thriving stage
The Atlas Mountains in Morocco
The planning of the trip
Making it up as she goes along (to a certain extent!)
Getting in shape for the challenge
Getting injury proof
The gear:- backpack - poles - shoes
Why weight is everything
Mental preparation and dealing with the unknown
The fear and doubt
Be the expedition buddy you wish you had brought
Tricking your brain
Covering 55k on her first day
Meeting the Berbers
Over coming language barriers
The beauty of the desert
The challenges of North Africa
Dealing with the Police
Not being able to enter cafe and restaurants
Helping to change attitudes
Adventure blues and finishing the challenge
Recovery time after a challenge
Trying to get better at patience
Her 3rd run- October 2018 heading off to Bolivia
Dealing with the altitude
Dealing with bad weather and storms
Doing constant risk assessments
Paying for the challenges
Her plans for New Zealand - only 1200 km!
Being an introvert and dealing with the remoteness
Being more mindful when using a camera
Check out Jenny’s website - www.jennytough.com
Jenny is on Twitter @JennyTough
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