Mara had a massive year of big challenges in 2018, from training for her first triathlon and Ironman UK. She then ticked off completing a multi-stage ultra marathon off her bucket list by taking part in the Wadi Rum Ultra marathon in 2018. The race was held in the desert in Jordan, and involved running just over 250km in five days!
During the podcast Mara shares more about her triathlon training, how she bought all the gear she needed with a budget of £1000! Mara then goes into more detail about her biggest challenge to date - The Speed Project which she did in March 2019, involving a 340 mile (550K) relay race from the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles all the way out to Las Vegas. There are no rules and the only aim is to run from LA to Vegas as fast as possible! This is a jam packed episode filled with motivation and top tips!
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Her aim is to encourage women and women of colour to step outside their comfort zone
The speed project
What life was like growing up
Being sporty and giving everything ago from Irish Dancing to horse riding
Playing netball for her school team
Hating PE lessons
Having a phobia of deep water and doing everything she could to avoid the water
Dealing with bullying
Being more academic
Starting to get balance between sport and being academic
Getting into running and doing 4 Marathons
Wanting to do something exciting but not sure what she wanted to do
Doing an Ironman? Did she want to do this?
Deciding to do a marathon and experience a new city at the same time
Wanting to encourage more women to do marathons
Having a supportive family
The barriers to doing an Ironman (no bike, limited money)
Why the distances inspired her
Wanting to conquer her water phobia
Her first step after signing up
Buying her first bike for triathlon
Doing all of her research before hand
Getting a triathlon coach
Building confidence in the water and how she got passed her phobia
Having a budget of £1,000 for her triathlon
How the event went and why is was tough going
Starting to think about the next challenge!!
Not wanting to get the post ironman blues
The mental side of challenges
Wadi Run Adventure with Team Like a Girl
Dealing with the heat
How she helped to prevent injury
How the team worked together
The Speed Project - the race, the challenge and dealing with the lack of sleep
Training for a middle distance triathlon and thinking big for 2020!
Advice and tips for other women to step outside their comfort zone
Who inspired Mara
Quick Fire Questions
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