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Natalie Moore - quitting her job and heading to Madagascar for 6 weeks on a marine conservation prog

Dani French - 42 challenges before turning 42 & Hannah Dayan - getting back into cycling and doing Cyclo-cross!

Today we get to speak to two listeners of the Tough Girl Podcast, Natalie Moore & Carola Fekter. Both women will go onto share more about how the tough girl podcast has inspired them in their own lives to take on a new challenge and to step outside their comfort zone.

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Natalie Moore - quitting her job and heading to Madagascar for 6 weeks on a marine conservation program!

Natalie Moore - quitting her job and heading to Madagascar for 6 weeks on a marine conservation program!

The ending of a bad relationship was the catalyst for Natalie taking back control of her life. Her first step was to sell the joint house, quit her job, and go to Madagascar for six weeks, where she volunteered in a marine conservation program. Since then, she's been pushing herself and her boundaries further and further, and completed her first ultra and multi day race in June. She's not fast, but she's determined.

Words from Natalie,

“I've been a long time listener of the podcast, and started supporting it almost after the first episode I listened to. It was so inspiring to me to hear about women doing amazing things, and I love knowing that we're all out there, doing them, even if it doesn't make the news, or the magazines.

My happiness and my confidence have increased so much, and whenever I feel a bit of a wobble, I remember that if all these other amazing women can push themselves and achieve amazing things, I can at least try.”

Show notes

  • How she first heard about the tough girl podcast

  • Finding out more about Natalie

  • How sports and exercise played apart in her life

  • Deciding to do her first triathlon

  • Progressing in the triathlon

  • Being terrible at training

  • Deciding to focus on running

  • Not getting the fear

  • Having a challenging 2018

  • Deciding to leave her relationship and quit her job

  • Not realising she wasn’t herself anymore

  • Heading off to Madagascar for 6 weeks

  • Having thinking time and time to reflect on life

  • Letting go of time and getting a sense of calm

  • The episodes which have resonated - Polly Vacher & Richelle Olsen

  • Not comparing herself with anyone else

  • Advice for other women and why you need to believe in yourself

  • What’s next…. and wanting to get back into triathlons or maybe an ultra…

  • Advice and tips for training needed!!!!


Meg Saunders - Hiking the Inca Trail and signing up for a marathon!

Carola Fekter - Running 12 marathons in 12 months on 4 continents to raise money for charity!

In 2017 Carola decided on a new challenge, completing in the World's Toughest Mudder a 24 hour Obstacle Race where each lap was 10 miles.

Her goal was to do 5 laps, making it a total of 50 miles.

It was while she was training for this race that she discovered the Tough Girl Podcast and she has been a huge fan ever since.

In 2018 she ran 12 Marathons in 12 months on 4 continents to raise money for charity. Shortly after Marathon number 10 she found out that she was pregnant, and had to decide whether to continue or abandon her big project.

During this episode, Carola shares more about the World's Toughest Mudder,how she kept motivated and why she decided to run 12 marathons in 12 months, plus what happened when she found out she was pregnant with 2 marathons to go!

Show notes

  • Living in Austria

  • Her background

  • Discovering the tough girl podcast and Facebook group

  • Deciding to run in the Worlds Toughest Mother - 24 hr Obstacle Course Race

  • Being inspired by Sophie Radcliffe

  • How her race went!

  • Deciding not to quit half way through

  • The toughest obstacle

  • Dealing with her fear of heights

  • Her big challenge in 2018

  • 12 marathons in 12 months for charity!

  • Going public with the challenge

  • Dealing with the negative pushback

  • Dealing with the logistics and planning

  • Making compromises

  • Her background in running and running her first marathon in 2015

  • Learning from her new approach to running

  • Finding out she was pregnant with 2 more marathons to go…

  • Advice for other women who want to step outside their comfort zone

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