December 27, 2014

Since the middle of November I haven’t been feeling on the top of my game, I’ve felt tired a lot of the time and I’ve been struggling to do the training I’ve needed to do. At first I thought I was over training, so I reduced my schedule down and had a week of yoga and weightlifting and I did more swimming and less running to try and give my body a chance to recover. I thought this would really help,...

December 26, 2014

So far I’ve got my two pairs of trainers, one pair to train in, the other to be kept fresh for the race, gaiters, rucksack (Raidlight Olmo 20L), food packs from expedition foods, survival kit (containing – signalling mirror, safety pins, lighter, aluminium blanket, snake venom pump), head torch and hand sanitizer. So I feel as though I’ve got most of the mandatory equipment covered. The sleeping bag w...

December 15, 2014

I’ve found training over the past few weeks really hard. The only way to describe it is I’ve not been feeling myself, I’ve been in a slump, and I just don’t know what’s wrong with me? I’m lethargic, struggling to get out of bed. I haven’t been able to do anything; no walking, no running, no swimming, no reading, no writing, just lying in bed.


I’m use to having energy, and I’m finding it really di...

December 14, 2014

Super Teams has finally arrived! I’ve really been looking forward to the event for a while. I’ve never done anything quite like it, so it will be interesting to see what it’s all about and how it works. One of the great things about doing something like this is it does get you out of your comfort zone and for me I really need that. I need to ensure I’m growing and I’m challenging myself.


This is...

December 13, 2014

I’m so excited! I’ve decided to treat myself and have got tickets to go and see Anthony Robbins live in London in March. I can’t wait it’s going to be an amazing few days.


What the website says: -


Anthony Robbins has been called a motivational speaker – but, as he says himself, ‘motivation’ may have a temporary effect. What Tony is committed to is what produces results -permanently. He’s now...

December 11, 2014


I really like pushing myself both physically and mentally and I’ve got a list of challenges I’d like to complete in the future. They’re in no particular order, for some reason or other they’ve sparked my interest!


  • 3 Peaks Challenge in 24 hours – Climb the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales. I was actually signed up to do this in October, but unfortunately not enough people signed up...

December 10, 2014

It’s not long to go now until the start of the New Year, 2015 here we come! To say I’m excited is an understatement. I love having a fresh start, being able to wipe the slate clean, to start anew and to really set myself up for success. I find it such an exciting time!


Having a goal gives you a purpose and something to aim towards; it helps to propel you forward and gives your life structure. Everyone...

December 5, 2014

My trainers are old and battered; they’ve seen a lot of action over the years. I’ve had them since September 2010 when I started training for the London Marathon in 2011. I dread to think how many miles they’ve seen! I’ve been meaning to get new trainers for a while, but I wanted to make sure I got the right pair for the MdS. It’s so important to make sure you look after your feet and to get the righ...

December 1, 2014

Running the Highway to Hell: The 28th Sultan Marathon des Sables


Graeme competed in the Marathon des Sables in 2013 and came 366th overall, it took him 37 hours and 55 minutes. His book gives a detailed account of how he came to be doing the MdS, his training, and his actual experience during the event (including a very detailed chapter on how to go to the bathroom!)



He also includes a detailed packi...

Please reload

Get Inspired
Please reload

Please reload


Support the Tough Girl Podcast with a donation

  • Patreon logo
  • Facebook App Icon
  • Instagram App Icon
  • Pinterest App Icon
  • Twitter App Icon
  • YouTube Classic