Kat is a keen endurance runner and has undertaken many of the Toughest Endurance Races - from running across the Sahara Desert in Morocco while competing in the Marathon des Sables. Or challenging her body to take on 4, 100 miler races in the UK - which is known as the Centurion “Grand Slam” which she did in 2014 and placed as first female.
Every year since Kat has looked to take on a new running challenge which would test her from the Dragons Back race in 2015 - where she got her first DNF, to taking on the Grand Union Canal Race race in 2016 -where she placed 2nd female.
Not to be deterred by her DNF in 2015, Kat took onboard the key lessons she needed to work on, trained hard and heading back to face the race in 2017, where she finished with a smile on her face.
With her 100 mile race times, Kat qualified for the Spartathlon ballot in 2017. When her name was pulled out the hat she was in shock, she didn’t think she’d be taking on the 250km timed race from Athens to Sparta quite so soon!
The race takes place in the September of every year in Greece. It is one of the most challenging ultra-distance races plus it has a very unique history.
Kat will be sharing more about her different ultra races, how she got into the world of ultra running, the lessons she has learned along the way, how she trains, what she eats to fuel her challenges as well as talking in detail about her mindset, staying resilient and overcoming setbacks and failure.
There is also a Tough Girl Extra BONUS episode with Kat - where she will be sharing more about her life as an Antarctic Doctor (Oct 2019- March 2021 - South Georgia, Bird Island and RRS James Clark Ross) - Make sure you hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out. This goes live at 11am TODAY!!
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Her first experience of running
Deciding to enter the 2010 Brighton Marathon
Hearing about the 2013 Marathon des Sables
Why she decided to enter…
Deciding to treat herself as a gradation present
Wanting to take on a 100 mile single day race
Discovering the Centurion Grand Slam Event (4 - 100 mile races in a calendar year)
Making friends in the long distance running community
The Dragons Back Race 2015
Dealing with failure and having her first DNF
Turning failure into a challenge
Deciding to run the Dragons Back Race in 2017
Being able to enter the ballet for the Spartathlon Race
What’s involved in the Spartathlon Race and why it’s so hard
Getting a trainer and following a training plan while working full time as a Doctor
Her motivation for training
2018/2019 preparing to go to Antarctica
Mindset from making the change from a multi stage race to a single stage race
What’s the next thing which is a bit harder?
Breaking down the challenge to make it more manageable
Keeping focused on the present and not looking too far ahead
Recovery in between races when taking on 4 - 100mile races in a year
The benefits of gentle walking and taking time away from running
Planning her training before getting a running trainer
Running 6/7 days per week, plus long runs at the weekend
To get faster you have to run faster
What happened in the 2015 Dragons Back Race
Not being able to recover between day 1 and day 2
Dealing with failure and the lessons learned
Top tips for people who want to enter the Dragons Back Race
The importance of hill training and navigation
Eat on the ups
Eating while running and go to nutrition
Working with a trainer and the mental side of preparation for the Spartathlon Race
The benefits of proper, focused training
Missing a session….
The Spartathlon Experience
Needing assistance at the end
Feeling relief at the end of the race
Feeling deflated after getting home from Greece
Top tips for runners
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