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.
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.”
Houda Loukili - Former Dutch National Kickboxing Champion, and Youth Coach for Personal Growth
Houda grew up in the Netherlands and first came into contact with kickboxing at the age of 11.
She soon found out that kickboxing was her passion, Houda trained hard and spend all her time in the gym, training 6 days a week. Due to her passion and perseverance, in 2005, Houda became the Dutch Youth Champion.
Houda is passionate about equality and diversity in sports and has worked with Nike on their “made to play campaign”. Nike's words are clear: children should play.
Katie Spotz - Endurance Athlete & WR Holder. 5X Ironman, cycled across the USA, run 100 miles nonstop in under 20 hours, and rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Katie is an endurance athlete, charitable ambassador, author and world-record holder.
In 2010, Katie set a World Record for being the youngest person to row solo across ocean rower. Katie is also the only American to row solo from Africa to Guyana, in South America.
In 2020, Katie became the 1st person to run nonstop 138-miles nonstop across Maine in 33 hours, raising $26,000 for a clean water project in Tanzania.
On June 21, Katie announced her latest challenge, Run4Water.
Jcy Ho - One of Hong Kong’s top ultra runners. She won VMM 70km and was the HK50 Series winner 2018/19.
Jcy is a trail runner, bike traveller, fixed gear rider, bike polo player and Most importantly... An Outdoor lover!
Jcy was born in Hong Kong, she then moved over to the UK where she lived for 22 years. When she was young, Jcy was not into sports or being active, but that all changed when she started getting into cycling and began commuting to and from work.
Running was something she’d always hated and tried to avoid. However, after hurting her arm, her only option was to run!
Nahla Summers - WR for riding 5,000 miles on an ElliptiGO Bike across the UK while writing “KINDNESS” in massive Strava Art!
Nahla is a social change maker, a transformative coach, a podcaster, an accidental adventurer and a speaker.
As the founder of the CIC Sunshine People, every year she takes on a new challenge and every year she discovers something new about the power that kindness has on people.
During that episode Nahla shares more about her 2018 challenge of cycling 3,000 miles across America, as well as her 2019 walk from Swanage, Dorset to Gretna Green in Scotland.