February 28, 2017

Ashley was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, when she was 26, she has endured chronic pain which has affected both her professional and personal life.  She went from being super fit and healthy to not being able to cut her own food up, or get dressed.

Ashley talks about the power of meditation and how her daily practice has been essential to her recovery. She’s passionate about promoting meditation...

February 27, 2017

“To achieve the highest level of performance you must embrace the mess along with the neatness”

There is so much to write about, I’m not even sure where to start! This was a full on intensive three days. It was starting at nine every morning and going on till eleven every night.

There were few breaks, it was just constant, full on, engagement and learning. If you’ve never attended an event like this be...

February 23, 2017

Justine Curgenven has been named one of the UK’s top living explorers. She is an award-winning adventure filmmaker and expedition sea kayaker whose programmes have aired on National Geographic and the BBC.

A few of her incredible kayaking adventures include being part of the first all-female team to circumnavigate Tasmania and taking a solo trip around Iceland’s West Fjords. To top it all off, she’s e...

February 21, 2017

Hannah knows what it takes to follow her dreams, and has always lived by her Uncle’s motto “never give up”

At 13 years old, she became the youngest ever winner of the BT Young Sailor of the Year award for her achievements at the Mirror World Championships.

Aged 15 she received a phone call that changed the direction of her life. Andy Cassell, the Atlanta Gold medalist in the Sonar class opened her eye...

February 18, 2017

My training for the Appalachian Trail has started to slowly ramp up and I was really feeling it yesterday in my legs and my back after an 8 mile walk with a weighted backpack. But I knew I had to fit in one more strength & conditioning session over the weekend.

With how my body was feeling I wasn't sure it was going to be a good idea. The past few nights, I've had trouble sleeping and my appetite seems...

February 17, 2017

Fear of failure can stop you in your tracks.  It can paralyse your progress towards your goals and make you so cautious that you end up going nowhere.  Most of us will fail at something during our life and survive, but for some the fear of failing leads to total risk aversion and stagnation.

Fear of failure is often unwarranted and involves worrying about events that may never occur.  We become so...

February 16, 2017

But as amazing as these achievements are, that’s not why I am so inspired listening to Felicity Aston. She was one of the first female explorers I found out about, following her journey across Antarctica in 2011 and hearing her talk in 2013 and now with this podcast episode.

February 15, 2017

From all my research I can see people getting really hung up on equipment and yes it is important but it's not the most important thing. The most important thing is going to be my mental strength, and resilience. 

Having the lightest equipment will make life a lot easier on the trail. But there is always going to be a balance between costs and weight. 

I can’t afford to buy all new equipment and I...

February 15, 2017


Quoting Instagram:  To Sarah Williams & the Tough Girl Tribe, Wow!!!  Thank you.  I was thrilled to be chosen as one of the Tough Girls in the “7 Women 7 Challenges”.  This challenge would not be possible without Sarah or the Tough Girl Tribe.  Every day I wake up excited to drink my coffee and run.  It is reassuring to know that all of you are also challenging yourselves in 2017.  How...

February 14, 2017

Justine lives in Wales, is 43 years old and started kayaking 12 years ago with a local canoe club.  When she was at university Justine loved team sports and represented England in hockey, only discovering walking, mountain biking and kayaking when she left university.   She started a career in television at about the same time she discovered kayaking, and she soon gave up her job to pursue sea kayakin...

February 13, 2017

Here is the Strength & Conditioning plan I will be following for the Appalachian Trail.

This has been designed and created especially for me by

Chris Thomas from Military MadFit.



Warm Up

 Ankle, Hip, Thoracic and shoulder mobility drills.

Pulse raiser and Muscle activation 

Day 1

Day 2

February 13, 2017

Here is the endurance plan I will be following for the Appalachian Trail.

This has been designed and created especially for me by

Chris Thomas from Military MadFit.



3 x Sets of 60 seconds each stretch

Full body – start from ankles and work upwards, main areas to focus:

  • Hip Flexor 

  • Piriformis

Walking – Aim for 20 min mil...

February 12, 2017

If you’ve been following my daily podcast you’ll have seen I was recently over in Germany for the ISPO conference.

ISPO is the world largest sports trade show for the sport business. I’d never actually heard of it before until the opportunity came up on Freestak (a platform which connects influencers to brands).

I’ve always loved attending conference, getting to meet and connect with inspirational peop...

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