Tough Girl - Daily Podcast

After working in finance for 8 years, I quit my city job and spent 18 months travelling the world, climbing Kilimanjaro, backpacking around South America and doing a ski season. I used this time to help me decide on what I wanted to do with my life. ​ I set up Tough Girl Challenges as a way of motivating and inspiring women and girls. I'm the host the Tough Girl Podcast where I interview inspirational female explorers, adventurers, athletes and everyday women who have overcome great challenges. I completed the Marathon des Sables in April 2016 and in 2017 I will be thru hiking the Appalachian Trail (2,190 miles) in 100 days! This is my daily update of what I get up to! I want to share the journey, the high points the low points and what it takes to build a business while having fun and going on adventures! Sarah AKA - Tough Girl xx The Daily Podcast will be on hold until I come back from the Appalachian Trail. I will be thru-hiking from the 3rd June to the 10th September. You can watch my vlogs on my Youtube Channel -
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Apr 30, 2017

Tough Girl Daily 29th April - #ranting #frustration #DiaryManagement 

  • Not sleeping well
  • She Podcasts the closed FB group for female podcasters
  • Getting podcast interviews booked in 
  • Having my brains picked about podcasting
  • Getting frustrated
  • Having my time wasted
  • Scheduling phone calls for when I’m walking
  • Being on top of everything
  • Having a very specific diary regarding podcasting and blog posts
  • I head off in 30 days!
  • 2 camp america interviews booked in
  • The Tough Girl Team!
  • Freestak
  • Moving too quickly
  • Needing to do a video submission
  • Plans for Sunday
  • Getting excited for tomorrow
  • Waiting for the WAEXPO film to go on Youtube
  • Waiting to speak to Laura Maisey
  • 2 more interviews to do
  • How to convert video to audio and re purpose the content (Auphonic)
  • Mountains & Co questions coming tomorrow - let me know what you think!
  • Julia Williams will be coming on the Tough Girl Daily podcast to share more about her new company
  • Have an amazing day and an amazing weekend
  • xx
Apr 29, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 28th April - Special Guest - Caroline Wellingham!!


  • April plans and how Caroline has got on
  • Focused on 3 areas of her life - business, health and general
  • 3 new clients, 40 ladies signing up for the next challenge
  • Going international with clients
  • Hypnotherapy 
  • Instagram posting… but not feeling it
  • Deciding to do FaceBook live everyday
  • Putting herself out there everyday
  • Getting outside her comfort zone
  • A stand out FB Live
  • Life is not a dress rehearsal - you have one shot - give it your best!
  • Why you need to believe in yourself
  • Why you need to focus on all the reasons you can do something
  • Doing 5 things everyday to help with her business
  • The Success Principles - By Jack Cranfield
  • Hypnosis…. being a sceptic and giving it a go
  • Health goals and what’s been happening in April
  • 5 mile Friday followed by frittata!
  • Getting a Fitbit - waiting to hit 10,000 steps
  • Books she’s reading
  • Explicit Podcast
  • 1/3 of the way through 2017
  • Where has the year gone!!
  • The next challenge
  • Losing your sparkle
  • 1st May - setting goals for the 61 Day Challenge
  • Why you need to focus on what is important to you
  • £61 for 61 days - check out Raise the Bar Life Coaching FB Page
  • Final words of advice for the women and men listening


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Apr 28, 2017

Alison Ingleby is a freelance writer, aspiring novelist and outdoor addict. She blogs about outdoor adventure, climbing, running and anything else that takes her fancy at Windswept Writing, and is still figuring out what her next big adventure will be.


Apr 27, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 26th April - Making the train!

  • Amazing breakfast - check out my instagram photo!
  • How to get home from London the cheapest way…
  • Getting the bus…
  • Almost missing the train
  • Making a run for it with a suitcase and handbag
  • Getting measured for my backpack
  • Backpack ordered - £144
  • Exofficial underwear £16
  • Getting things done!
  • Time is allocated out
  • New blog post from Alison Ingleby
  • Becoming an Ambassador!
  • My amazing Patron - Mike! - THANK YOU!!
  • Heading back to London on the 19th
  • Being glad to be home
  • Not missing London at all
  • Have an awesome day 
  • Cheryl Strayed coming on the podcast - next week!!
  • Check out my instagram stories @toughgirlchallenges
Apr 26, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 25th April - Talk for Funzing! Diary of a Tough Girl


  • selling 49 tickets!
  • 70% of ticket revenue
  • Chilled morning
  • Heading over to Hoxton to meet Alice
  • Horton Pony venue
  • Great connecting with the tribe
  • Catching up with family
  • Catching up with Selina McCole - 1st British Women MDS
  • 5* review from Sarah Milne
  • Staying with Alice 
  • Loving the selfie action!!
  • Invoice sent out to Funzing
  • Being invited back to give more talks…possibly September
  • New episode out on the Tough Girl Podcast out today 
  • 101 Patrons!!! - Thank you Arry Cain - 100th Patron! & Thank you Chloe 101st Patron
  • 285,000 downloads - daily downloads about 300/400 per day with a big spike every Tuesday
  • Next Tuesday - Cheryl Strayed will be on the podcast
  • THANK YOU for all your SUPPORT
  • Have a great day  
Apr 25, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 24th April - 25 Mile Walk! 


  • 15kg in weight (in books)
  • Heading down to the River
  • Listening to Podcasts
  • Catching up with the Lilly Wild Show (Adelaide Goodeve)
  • Listening to Gary V - Hard work & patience..
  • Stopping off for a burger… MISTAKE!!!
  • 21 miles
  • Feeling sick in my stomach
  • I need to be able to eat and walk
  • Right calf & left glute
  • New Patron!! 99 patrons!!
  • 1 patron for $20 a month!
  • 38 tickets for event tomorrow
  • Looking forward to meeting members of the tribe
  • Getting back into podcasts! LOVE IT!!
  • Have a great day  


Apr 24, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 23rd April - London Marathon Day!


  • Running London 5x - 2007 - 2011
  • How I first got into running
  • Having no money
  • Could I walk/cycle to work?
  • Running?!
  • What I loved about it!
  • Feeling energised for the rest of the day
  • Running home
  • Signing up for the London Marathon
  • Running for Headway Surrey
  • 1st London Marathon
  • 1st January was the start date for training for London
  • How running helped me get the balance in my life
  • Applying for the ballot 
  • Ballot opens on the 1st May
  • Marathon in fancy dress!!
  • Planned my talk for Tuesday
  • 38 tickets sold!!
  • Plans for Monday - 25 mile walk!!
  • Have a great day  


Apr 23, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 22nd April - Clean eating & Pizza!


  • Waking up at 6.30
  • Reading Roz Savage
  • Having brunch out
  • Super chilled day
  • Evening - Pizza…. & cheesy garlic bread
  • My stomach… OMG!!
  • Being reminded of why I don’t eat wheat & gluten
  • A bit of my back story..
  • Stopping after 1 mile
  • Suffering from candida
  • Being addicted to sugar
  • Detoxing
  • Relaxing my eating and my control
  • Why I don’t consume carbs
  • Why I need to focus on what I’m putting in my body!!
  • Sunday - flush the body
  • Avoiding the word “clean”
  • My low carb = no processed foods
  • New video out on Youtube! Thank you Flynn!!
  • I may need to change my start strong plan for the Appalachian Trail
  • Tickets for London gig - 33 tickets sold! (Capacity 60)
  • How to get home from London?
  • Good luck for London Marathon! 
  • You can become a PATRON!! - Via Patreon!!
  • Have a great day  



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Apr 22, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 21st April - UK Blog Awards!


  • Strength & Conditioning at the gym
  • Train to London 
  • The Tube!!
  • If you want to see pictures check out my Instagram account @toughgirlchallenges
  • Fun night
  • Didn’t win :-(
  • Eating lots of carbs!!
  • Goodie Bag
  • Have a great day  
Apr 21, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 20th April - Holding myself accountable via Instagram stories!

  • Smashing it
  • Holding myself accountable via Instagram stories!
  • Podcast uploaded up to 18th June
  • 4 episodes to edit
  • Record 3 interviews
  • The Podcast is all under control
  • Maybe I should look at recording 100 episodes for the Tough Girl Daily Podcast!
  • Keep my focus
  • My list of nice things I would like to do
  • Everything should be done by 5th May
  • Future Blog Posts - Tough Girl Tribe Team - What’s going to happen while I’m away
  • Always wanting to do more… what else could I do
  • Plans for tomorrow….UK Blog Awards
  • Heading down to London
  • New Book - Stop Drifting - Start Rowing By Roz Savage (Being inspired by Ness Knight)
  • Still need to write my Mental Preparation Blog Post
  • Feelings about the UK Blog awards…. 
  • Seeing my progress over the past year, since April 2016
  • 28 tickets sold for the London Speaking Gig on the 25th
  • Electrolytes ordered from Hammer
  • Poncho - £1.50 (Bargain from Home & Bargain)
  • 3 items - Backpack, trainers & coat
  • Accommodation for Atlanta…. need to book
  • Where is the time going?!
  • Come say hi on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL
  • Keep your fingers crossed!! 
Apr 20, 2017

Show notes

  • Waking at 8.30
  • Being interviewed for Of Mountain and Men by Jon
  • Coming out on 25th April
  • Interviewing “SuperGirl” 
  • 10 mile walk done for training
  • 30 mins flaffing!
  • Walking on the coastal route from Hoylake
  • Doing Instagram stories @toughgirlchallenges
  • Listening to the Podcast - She Explores 
  • The struggles with interviewing younger guests
  • Speaking with Suzy Favor Hamilton (3x Olympian & Mental Health Advocate)
  • Alana - Podcast with Heart 
  • Have an awesome day!




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Apr 19, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 18th April - Interviews, editing, podcasting! 


  • New episode out on the Tough Girl Podcast - #YorkshireRows
  • 3 books to give away if you’re a patron
  • Becoming a patron! 
  • Editing… Editing… Editing…
  • Episodes are now scheduled up up till 18th July
  • Need to upload the episodes to my blog and website
  • Scheduled interviews tomorrow
  • 3 more interviews to do
  • Plan to get it done by the end of April
  • 19th September for me to share my story on the Appalachian Trail
  • Mum & Caroline are coming out to Boston
  • 5* Hotel booked for Boston!
  • Transformation time!
  • Dealing with “umms” & “you know”
  • Dealing with podcasting like a challenge
  • Gym Session - new S & C program 
  • Have an awesome day!
Apr 18, 2017

Show notes

  • Speaking to us from Iceland!
  • Her dream and why this is a stepping stone
  • How it all started in Antarctica
  • Giving up on her dream
  • Waiting for the phone call 
  • Becoming a rope access technician
  • Booking a trip to New Zealand
  • Getting the phone call & booking her ticket to Iceland
  • Dealing with the cold
  • Doubts
  • Feeling so tired from the long days
  • Being an Entry Level Guide
  • Getting on the Glacier
  • Why it’s about the journey
  • When is the best time to visit!
  • Working for Glacier Guides - which is part of Arctic Adventures


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Apr 17, 2017


Tough Girl Daily - 16th April - Easter Sunday #chocolate #children #walking


  • Happy Easter
  • 10 mile walk
  • Listening to Gary Vee & Tim Ferris
  • Looking to listen to She Explores
  • My appetite is increasing
  • Hikers hunger!!
  • Plan for next week
  • My podcast flow - Libysn, twitter, blog, Linkedin, website, e-mail guests
  • A few interviews booked for next week
  • Dentist
  • London on Friday - UK Blog Awards
  • Not getting my hopes up!
  • Watch my Instagarm stories on Friday! @toughgirlchallenges
  • London Event - 25th April
  • 22 tickets sold!!
  • Budget for the Appalachian Trail
  • I need to be productive!
  • Getting balance
  • New patreon - $1 a month
  • 96 patrons - $420 
  • Goal - 100 Patrons - $450 by the end of the month
  • 10% of tribe members become patrons
  • Right hamstring….
  • Rest day tomorrow
  • Needing to be more efficient in getting the podcast out everyday at 7am
  • Have an awesome day
  • xx



Apr 16, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 15th April - Mental Preparation for the Appalachian Trail


#WhatIf #MentalPreparation #Appalachian Trail


  • The mental side of the trail
  • The internal fears
  • How fears can accumulate in your mind
  • Why it can be scary to have these thoughts
  • Doing it now - while I’m comfortable and safe
  • Doing it for the Marathon des Sables
  • Comments from the Tribe
  • What if I encounter a wild animal?
  • What if I hate it?
  • What if my laces break?
  • What if my tent get’s a hole in it?
  • Would you pop your blister?!
  • Injury?
  • Trail name….
  • What if I meet the love of my life?
  • Why I’d be selfish
  • Plan for next week?
  • Why I don’t want to know anymore
  • Why I’m looking for the unknown
Apr 14, 2017
  • Allison is a member of the tribe, a patron, and a member of the Tough Girl Team!
  • Her big goal for 2017
  • The Paris Marathon and wanting to do a sub 4 hour marathon
  • Beating her PB which is 4.05
  • Training has been going well
  • The weather….
  • Having to change her plan
  • Dealing with the heat
  • 4.32 marathon… not what she wanted but feeling good about it
  • Thinking about her next marathon
  • The finish of the Paris Marathon 
  • Blogging about her running -
  • The jumping photos!
  • When and why she started running
  • Meeting her husband and how he encouraged her with running
  • Going for a 10K race in Spring 2009
  • What she loves about running
  • Being a fan of Park Run & why you should try it out!
  • Future races coming up
  • Her ultimate race that she’d love to do
  • Wanting to do a Disney Race!

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Apr 14, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 14th April - Food & cooking on the Appalachian Trail

#Food #Cooking #AppalachianTrail

  • Having zero interest in cooking food?
  • What I would cook
  • Planning to buy my stove and fuel in America
  • Will I want to cook on the trail?
  • The mental side of having hot food
  • How better can I spend my time
  • Start off stoveless?
  • Can I eat every hour while walking
  • Going for grazing instead of set meals
  • Walking and eating without stopping
  • Being able to change my mind about it
  • Potentially starting stoveless
  • What do you think?
  • Can I get the calories in?


Tomorrow - The mental challenge of the Appalachian Trail!



Apr 13, 2017

I'm getting in touch is in regards to my side blog which is following my attempt to climb 40 volcanoes by the age of 40. Each week I am trying to publish an interview with someone about big adventures or changes in their life - the idea being to inspire my small group of readers to overcome their self doubt to achieve their dreams. I am plagued by self doubt and find it a real struggle but I feel it can be tackled so I want to share this theory with the world.

I understand you quit a job to start tough girl? I was wondering whether you would be willing to respond to some questions around this to be published as one of these interviews on my blog. I have pasted the questions below.


What was the impetus behind quitting your job and starting the tough girl podcasts? Can you give a bit of background and say why you felt you had to make this change.

Before setting out on this new direction what were your doubts/fears/concerns and how did you overcome these?

What is the main thing you have learnt (about life or yourself) from this experience?

What would be your dream adventure/goal and why - and why haven't you done it yet?

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

If you were stuck on a desert island, what three things would you have with you and why?


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Apr 12, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 11th April - Special Guest Stacey Copeland!!


  • Catching up with Stacey
  • Deciding to turn professional
  • Not being motivated by money
  • Dealing with injury
  • Putting on weight and being out of shape
  • Having her spirit crushed and needing a big goal to motivate her
  • Her reasons of why she wanted to turn pro
  • Getting a 2nd degree chemical burn and not being helped
  • Dealing with the pain
  • Having her dreams crushed
  • Having pictures taken to help her remember what she was feeling
  • Flying the flag for girls in her sport
  • Coming from a boxing family
  • Getting her fire back for boxing
  • Training with her coach Blaine
  • Her first fight.. coming up on May 27th
  • Dealing wit Trolls on Twitter
  • Messages of support and why it’s making a difference
  • Dealign with Piers Morgan on twitter
  • Empowering each other
  • New trailer about her Fathers life
  • Championing other women
Apr 11, 2017


Tough Girl Daily - 10th April - New Week #MondayMotivation 


  • Being excited for Monday
  • Stop putting off those time consuming jobs
  • Not thinking about it and just doing it - editing the podcast
  • PT session with Chris Thomas
  • Progress in my strength and conditioning 
  • It all happened in week 7
  • Editing another podcast
  • Making a mistake on an interview
  • Average Ironman time… 8hrs….?!
  • Future interview with Jasmijn Muller
  • Losing 3 patrons - taking my balance down to $380
  • Wanting to get to 100 patrons and $450 by the end of April
  • $500 by the end of May..
  • Being relaxed about Patreon - and just focusing on what I can do 
  • Enjoying the 15 mins interviews with Adelaide, my sister Caroline & Claire Kelly
  • Special guest episodes getting 100’s of downloads
  • Future Daily Guests- Emma Timmis, Stacey Copeland, Stephanie Langridge
  • My plan for the next few weeks… editing! 
  • The Grind
  • Putting in the work
  • Why I want to put out the best quality content I can
  • Bored of me?!
  • Check out new episode with Paula Reid - on the Tough Girl Podcast 
  • Write down your goals, put them where you can see them and take action!
  • xx
Apr 10, 2017
  • I’m the first guest of the Lilly Wild Show
  • Adelaide - who she is and why she decided to launch her podcast
  • Her favourite podcasts & trying to find good quality female podcasts
  • Meeting Rob Lawrence from Inspirational Creatives
  • Wanting more 
  • Tim Ferris & Lewis Howes
  • Amelia Boone on the Tim Ferris Podcast
  • Future guests on the Lilly Wild Podcast
  • Learning to follow her gut
  • Laura Kennington
  • Getting guests
  • Why she decided on the name…. Lilly Wild
  • Training for an Ironman
  • Going to Iceland and Barcelona for Ironman
  • xx


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Apr 9, 2017
  • Gentle 6 mile walk - Hoylake to West Kirby
  • Getting use to the pain
  • Listening to Gary V podcasts
  • #Patience
  • I need to relax
  • Comparing my business to a multi stage ultra endurance road race
  • Why this is like a long term challenge
  • Coming up to my 100th episode
  • Taking it one stage at a time
  • Building a solid & super strong foundation
  • Connecting with amazing women
  • Making new friends & connecting with the tribe
  • Needing to reframe my life
  • Focus on the journey
  • Progress is being made
  • Youtube - 370 subs - 28,000 views
  • 1 is better than 0
  • Keep doing what I’m doing
  • Not even scratching the surface
  • Learning to enjoy the journey!
  • THANK YOU!!!
  • Becoming an overnight success 
  • This is how you make it happen 
  • xx



Apr 8, 2017
  • Wanting to have a whinge
  • Trying not to complain
  • What can I learn from this
  • Taking responsibility
  • Need to change my flow process for interviews
  • Going for a swim
  • Not being able to get my rhythm
  • 4.30 phone call with Laura Bingham
  • Speaking to incredible women this week
  • Focusing on the negative
  • Hating shopping
  • Buying the boring stuff
  • It’s the little things which have been getting to me
  • Follow along on Instagram stories @toughgirlchallenges
Apr 7, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 6th April - With Special Guest - Claire Kelly! 

  • Claire has just released a new book - running 12 marathons in 12 months
  • Finding the Tough Girl Podcast through Instagram
  • Being a member of the Tough Girl Team
  • Being a mother of 3 little boys - 2, 4 & 6 years old
  • Deciding she wanted to do a Marathon 
  • Managing to squeeze in an ultra marathon as well!
  • How 12in12 came about
  • Having a reason to fundraise
  • Raising awareness for MND Scotland
  • “I’m not a runner”
  • Being on a running streak
  • Running 3 miles a day, every day..
  • Having a treadmill
  • Motivation and the ebb and flow
  • Wanting to get to a year
  • Deciding to write a book - Mother Running 12
  • Feeling exposed
  • Running a sub 4 marathon on a treadmill
  • The power of running and writing
  • Her goal for 2017 - 12 marathons in July 
  • You can donate via Just Giving 
  • Follow on Instagram @clairekelly @toughgirlchallenges






Apr 6, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 5th April - #Appalachian #Trail #Update

  • Tactics for my 100 day hike
  • Needing to average 22 miles per day
  • Needing to be proactive and positive
  • Visit the Tough Girl Blog for more info!
  • Not liking to take breaks
  • Waiting for Trail Legs to kick in
  • Start Strong Plan - 3rd June - 11th June
  • Meeting Becca 200 miles in at Clingmans Dome
  • My equipment list - table/spreadsheet
  • I need another £400 to spend on kit
  • My tent.. trying to borrow a tent! Terra-Nova
  • Needing to get a warm duffle coat/warm jacket
  • Needing to play things by ear
  • Ordering my crocs
  • Only carrying 1 litre of water at a time
  • Part 2 plan…..
  • Have an awesome day! xx
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