Sarah Williams - Thru hiking the Appalachian Trail (2,190 miles) in 100 days!

September 19, 2017

 

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! 

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Show notes

 

  • 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

  • Key milestones

  • 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

  • Emotional vlogs!

  • How I kept myself motivated during the challenge

  • Mantras

  • 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

  • Bad decisions..

  • Blister watch!

  • The final week!

  • Meeting Jo Jo at the finish

  • Not quite believing it’s done

  • Missing the trail?

 

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