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Grace Natoli - 70+ marathons & ultras including: New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Berlin

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Grace in her own words:

“I’m driven by the need to inspire other people of colour on to the trails.

I want to increase diversity and participation in endurance running.

I’m also tired of being the only Black person at endurance events and feeling like I don’t belong.

I’ve run 70+ marathons including ultras, and I’m still going.”

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Show notes

  • Being based on the South Coast of the UK

  • Working as a management consultant

  • Starting running in 2009

  • Training for her first 10k

  • Her early years and what she was like as a little girl

  • Being sporty but not outdoorsy

  • Her brothers and sisters

  • Her children and grandchildren

  • Being supported and inspired by fellow runners

  • Running her first 5k

  • Being determined to get better

  • Signing up for her first race

  • Running in the dark

  • Not having the confidence to run outdoors

  • Not wanting to stop

  • Joining a local running club

  • Running off road

  • Her love for running and feeling happy

  • Her accidental half marathon

  • What running has taught her

  • Running her first marathon in 2011

  • Running the Brighton Marathon multiple times

  • Sharing the lessons she’s learned

  • Why the race starts at mile 20

  • What a typical training week looks like

  • Focusing on strength training

  • Wanting to be the best version of herself

  • Practicing yoga

  • Girls run the world

  • The Atlantic Coast Challenge

  • Finishing the race at Land’s End and feeling emotional

  • Focusing on core and endurance

  • Fuelling her long runs and focusing on eating real food

  • The women who have inspired her

  • How to connect with Grace

  • Final words of advice for new runners


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