The Tough Girl Podcast is all about inspiring and motivating YOU!
I will be interviewing inspirational women from around the world, who’ve faced and overcome difficult challenges and situations, they will share their story, their knowledge and provide advice and essential tips for you to overcome your own personal challenges.
Jessie Stevens - Youth Climate Activist, outdoors enthusiast and founder of the movement People Pedal Power. Cycling 570 miles from Devon to Glasgow #ride2COP26
"I am a youth activist who cares deeply about the power of people to create change and this is exactly what I want People Pedal Power to do. The idea to start the movement came from my fears that more inaction would come from this upcoming COP. I knew that we didn’t have time for this to occur, as this summit has to be the one where real change is created, if not by our leaders but by the power of individuals creating collective action." - Jessie Stevens
Kirsty Pallas - Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor. Founder of Our Shared Outdoors, and panellist on, On the Outside Podcast.
Kirsty in her own words:
“I’m a mixed-race freelance mountaineering and climbing instructor from the west coast of Scotland. I love being able to introduce and share so many of the incredible Scottish environments, whether it’s the mountains in full winter conditions or a beautifully still sea with views out to the Hebrides.
Climbing in all forms is pretty much my life but earlier this year I also started mountain biking and roller skating, which are both great fun and very different!"
Lindsay Dare Shoop OLY - Athlete & Educator - Using my physical capacity and love of learning to help people. Author of Better Great Than Never
Lindsay is a coach, author, speaker, and lifelong athlete. She is an Olympic gold medalist, a three-time World Champion, five-time World Cup medalist, and a National Rowing Hall of Fame inductee.
After a sleepless night and fateful turn of events, Lindsay made the decision to become her best self. She discovered rowing, and the sport became her outlet for transformation. In just one year she became an NCAA Division-I All-American; in four, she broke a world record and won her first World Championship.
Jenny Valentish - New book: Everything Harder Than Everyone Else: Why some of us push our bodies to extremes. Exploring the fine line between hedonism & endurance.
Jenny Valentish has been devoted to dancing around the void for many decades, first in the pub and then the boxing ring as a kickboxer. Jenny is the author of the acclaimed Woman of Substance: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment and her new book, Everything Harder Than Everyone Else: Why Some of Us Push Our Bodies to Extremes.
About the book: There is a part of human nature compelled to test our own limits. But what happens when this part comes to define us?
Verna Volker - From the Navajo Nation, Non-runner to Ultra Runner in 12 years. Founder of Native Women Running and Hoka Global Ambassador.
Verna is the founder of Native Women Running, a Hoka Global Ambassador, she serves on the Running Diversity Board, and represents several organizations: Red Earth Running Co, UltraRunning Magazine, and Native Women's Wilderness.
“In 2009, I started my running journey to lose weight, but it has turned into a quest to find out who I am internally.
This journey has taken me from a newbie runner to a marathoner and recently to an ultra-marathoner when I finished my first Ultra 50-mile race.” - Verna
Kathy Elkind - 57, walking the 1,400 mile/2,286km Grande Randonnée Cinq (GR5) with her husband of 27 years
At the age of 57, Kathy Elkind walked the Grande Randonnée Cinq (GR5) with her husband of 27 years.
After two months on the GR5, they entered the mighty Alps—five weeks of alpine views, mountain refuges, and exertion. Her walking became more than meditative; she fell into an ethereal pace where she became the air and the landscape. In her own words: “Life was not about me. It was about the beauty of the world. This truth was what I had longed for but did not know.”
Should be compulsory listening for all young girls!
I started listening to this podcast in early lockdown 1.0 as a way to live vicariously through other people’s adventures, it’s now my absolute favourite and I never miss an episode, now working my way through the back catalogue! The guests are incredible, varied, fascinating and inspiring. I have learnt so much from them. Sarah has a lovely interview style, she’s always genuinely excited and interested in her guests, and keeps the podcast relaxed and informal.
I was a wee bit ‘outdoorsy’ when I first started listening but thanks to this podcast I have found confidence and inspiration to start cycling and solo hiking. A year later, I am planning my first bikepacking trip, have been on a solo multi day hike/wild camp and am training for my first ultramarathon. My adventure bucket list is now several pages long.
I wish I had heard this podcast earlier, I wish I had had role models like Sarah and her guests as a teenager. I feel like I’ve really found my real self and my people through listening to this podcast. Thank you so much, please don’t stop!
I love this podcast- it’s so inspiring to hear normal women tell their extraordinary stories and adventures!
This is an excellent, very high quality series of stimulating interviews thanks to Sarah’s hard work at finding international athletes, performers and adventurers, and her on-the-ball interviewing style. Fabulous choice of diverse interviewees lately, thank you Sarah.