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Katie Visco - Adventurer and ultra endurance runner - Ran across America and Australia!

Tracy Edwards MBE - Round the World Sailor and Social Activist currently running The Maiden Factor Foundation fighting for the rights of all girls to an education

Katie Visco, who has been called a "bubbly and offbeat running, biking, soup-making, people-loving, community-building exclamation mark," started running when she was in middle school, duped into the sport thinking it was some kind of soccer conditioning camp. Oops. She quickly fell in love with running, and then... In 2009, promoting the importance of a bold and passion-driven life, Katie ran solo across America, from Boston to San Diego, and became the 2nd youngest and 13th woman overall to make the crossing. During, and the year after her transAmerican crossing, she raised funds for the charity, Girls on the Run, and also stopped to visit more than two hundred audiences en route to spread her message to young and old alike. Running has been a versatile cornerstone of her wellbeing for years, and she especially loves the trails! Besides trail running, biking, creating delicious food, and traveling, Katie loves her husband and family very much and enjoys getting to hear the stories of others. She's been writing since she was six and hopes to publish a book one day. She's stoked to share her journeys with you in hopes that you will glean something special from them for your own growth and joy. New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out. The tough girl podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out


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Show notes

  • Katie in her own words

  • What she loves in life

  • Growing up in Chicago, USA

  • Being empowered as a young girl

  • Having creative and wild ideas

  • Being supported in her dreams

  • Deciding to run across America at 23 years old

  • Loving running

  • Wanting to empower young people to follow their passions

  • Figuring out the why and understanding the motivation behind the challenge

  • Figuring out the funding and the logistics

  • The power of breaking down challenges

  • Why it’s ok to ask for support

  • Training the body for big endurance challenges

  • Dealing with stress in life

  • Lessons learned from running across America in 2009

  • Respecting everyone’s story

  • What happened between 2009 and 2019

  • Wanting to put some roots down and starting a company

  • Wanting to run across Australia since 2013

  • Dealing with injury setbacks and having to postpone the Australia run 2x

  • Figuring out the training for for a big ultra run

  • Figuring out the money and taking time off

  • Being part of a team with her husband

  • Getting to the start line in Australia!

  • Why failure is just feedback

  • The biggest challenge of running across Australia

  • The mental side of the challenge

  • Giving herself grace on the challenge

  • Mental tips and tricks

  • “Tedious but brief”

  • What a typical day was like

  • Reflecting back on the journey

  • Adventure blues

  • No more ambitions to run across a country but wanting to do a big cycle around the world

  • Doing a different type of adventure

  • Final words of advice


Social Media

Website - Instagram - @katievisco


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