After working in finance for 8 years, I quit my city job and spent 18 months travelling the world, climbing Kilimanjaro, backpacking around South America and doing a ski season. I used this time to help me decide on what I wanted to do with my life.
I set up Tough Girl Challenges as a way of motivating and inspiring women and girls.
I'm the host the Tough Girl Podcast where I interview inspirational female explorers, adventurers, athletes and everyday women who have overcome great challenges.
I completed the Marathon des Sables in April 2016 and in 2017 I thru hiked the Appalachian Trail (2,190 miles) in 100 days!
Starting at the beginning - why did I want to walk the Appalachian Trail?
Learn more about my preparation
How I was feeling at the start
Day 1 of the trail - 3rd June
Getting into routines
How I coped physically at the start
The kindness of strangers
Meeting members of the Tough Girl Tribe
Meeting Stan the Man
Reaching the half way point at Harpers Ferry
Dealing with the pressure of the challenge
How I kept myself motivated during the challenge
Thinking about life
A quick fire round of questions!
Food on the trail….
Being inspired by the women on the trail
Crossing state lines
Being miserable on the trail
Sleeping at high altitude
Embracing the suck
Highlights from the trail
Trail magic & animals on the trail
Dealing with bears and snakes on the trail
Mental preparation and training - “what if”
One of my best decisions I’d made on the trail
The final week!
Meeting Jo Jo at the finish
Not quite believing it’s done
Missing the trail?
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