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Tasha Thompson - Founder of Black Girls Do Run UK - A community to inspire, encourage and motivate

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.

Tasha, 43, from London is the founder of Black Girls Do Run UK.

In 2019, Tasha set up the online community to inspire black women to run for their health, fitness and mental wellbeing.

Tasha talking about running:

“I am a runner and running is definitely part of my identity and how I am often identified by others. For me, being a runner is to simply be someone who runs, enjoys running and becomes miserable if they cannot run – because it is such a big and important part of your life and who you are. It is not about racing, speed, distance, fitness levels or running daily, it is a feeling where life isn’t quite right without running.”

Listen to Tasha on the Tough Girl Podcast as she shares more about her life, her passion for running, how she got into running, what she loves about it as well as giving you lots of top tips to help you with your running journey.

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Show notes

  • Who is Tasha

  • Living in London

  • Being a runner for 23 years

  • Doing her first race in 1999

  • Growing up with an older sister in there early 80s

  • Spending time in the outdoors

  • Being a runner at school and being encouraged to join the athletics team

  • Running 800m and 1500m

  • What happened after leaving school

  • Her early 20s and not being active

  • Exercising 3x a week?

  • Wanting to lead an active lifestyle

  • Loving the treadmill

  • Going running outside for the first time and why she loved it

  • Doing her first 5k and why it helped to change her life

  • Being encouraged to sign up for her first race

  • Being a runner and identifying as such

  • How running makes her feel

  • Her running journey

  • Being inspired by the London Marathon

  • Doing the London Marathon in 2000 and raising money for charity

  • How it felt finishing the race

  • Doing the Paris Marathon in 2004

  • The women who have inspired Tasha

  • Being inspired by Paula Radcliffe

  • How you entered the London Marathon before it being online

  • Being inspired by everyday women

  • Making running work for her

  • Fitting running into her life and having to be creative with her time

  • Choosing to run at 5am

  • Training for a half marathon in April

  • Founding Black Girls Do Ru