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 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


Listen to the Lilly Wild Podcast!



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
Apr 5, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 4th April - #WipedOut

  • Flat day
  • Read some books on Blinkist
  • Being let down for an interview
  • Eating before the gym
  • Wanting to be sick
  • Being wiped from Monday
  • Yolk hold for 30 seconds holding 100 kg
  • Doing an interview for the Tough Girl Podcast
  • Being drained from the interview and the workout
  • Do nothing
  • Hopefully a more productive day tomorrow!  
Apr 4, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 3rd April - #MotivationalMonday 

  • Mini Monday Update
  • Speaking with Ness Knight - perfect way to start the day!
  • So motivated!
  • Hitting the gym for strength & conditioning session
  • Increasing all the weights in training
  • 40kg on the front split squat
  • Focusing on the moment and the present
  • Interview with Kim Constinesco - recovering from a nasty injury
  • check out
  • Podcasts uploaded up until the end of May
  • 3rd interview of the day - with Guin Batten
  • Being part of a Mastermind group
  • Being paralysed by trying to decide what to do next…
  • New episode on the Tough Girl Podcast - Anne -Maria Watson 


Feeling inspired day after day? 

You can do 3 easy things to help me continue to grow the podcast!

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  2. If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes! I read every single comment!
  3. Share the podcast with your friends, especially if you think it could help them, and spread the #ToughGirlPodcast love. 

Your support helps me continue to grow the podcast and do inspiring things in this space! Already done all 3? You’re a rockstar! Thank you!

Want to do more?

Please become a Patron and donate a small fixed amount every month to help fund the runnings costs. 


Apr 3, 2017

Day 92




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Feeling inspired week after week? 


You can do 3 easy things to help me continue to grow the podcast!


  1. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, so you won’t miss a single episode
  2. If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes! I read every single comment!
  3. Share the podcast with your friends, especially if you think it could help them, and spread the #ToughGirlPodcast love. 


Your support helps me continue to grow the podcast and do inspiring things in this space! Already done all 3? You’re a rockstar! Thank you!


Want to do more?


Please become a Patron and donate a small fixed amount every month to help fund the runnings costs. 


Apr 2, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 1st April  - Special Guest - Caroline Wellingham!

  • Finding out what happened for “Make it Happen - March”
  • Being blown away by what people have achieved
  • April goals
  • What Caroline has leant from doing a weekly review
  • Why writing down your goals is so important and having accountability will make you achieve what you want to 
  • Caroline’s goals for March
  • Doing her 5 mile run each week
  • Why she decided to go on a 5 day detox
  • KFC!!
  • Being full of energy and making the healthy choices
  • Her trip to South East Asia!
  • Flying with Air Asia and getting cheap flights everywhere!
  • £77 flights to the Maldives
  • What she found hard in March
  • The end of week review
  • The e-mail which had the most impact
  • Why it comes down to YOU!!
  • How to keep your motivation levels up
  • Having a clear vision for her future
  • Having patience
  • Having a very clear vision for my life
  • What’s next….
  • The next challenge… 61 Days!!
  • Will you be half way though your goals by half way through the year?
  • Visit -
  • Everyone is on their own journey, and not everyone will have the same goals
  • April Goals for Caroline - business, Instagram, health & other stuff!
  • Gary V - Document don’t create
  • Sharing the amazing things she’s doing
  • Having a photoshoot in the Maldives
  • Making it a monthly thing to chat with Caroline!!
Apr 1, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 31st March - #Interviews #YolkHold #Gym

  • Not in the mood today…
  • On my period and not wanting to do anything
  • Interviewing Phoebe Smith at 9am
  • Strength and conditioning at the gym
  • Yolk hold - 100kg 30 seconds and 105 kg for 30 seconds
  • Spoke to Jo Jo from 7 women - 7 challenges
  • Planning to meet Jo Jo at Mount Katahdin and getting a lift to Boston
  • Everything is coming along, feeling good
  • Keeping the focus on the podcast and getting episodes pre loaded
  • Being invited to speak at the Motorhomes and Caravan Show 2017
  • What should I charge?
  • Asking for advice from Natalia Cohen & Sophie Radcliffe
  • I think I’ve found my insurance - £207
  • Change of plans for April spending- holding off on buying the tent and going to buy insurance and my backpack
  • Get my tent in May
  • Speaking gig in London 25th April - Diary of a Tough Girl £10 (2 tickets sold!)
  • Plan for tomorrow - gym and editing
  • xx
Mar 31, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 30th March - #RestDay #Collaborations #Sponsorship 

  • Rest day
  • Editing Cheryl Strayed podcast (which took all morning)
  • Scheduled some blog post
  • Interview with Emma Powell
  • Speaking to Laura Try from 7 women - 7 challenges
  • The struggle to get sponsorship - getting a no from Osprey
  • What else do I need to do?
  • What am I missing?
  • Recording an interview with Bex Band from the Ordinary Adventurer
  • Check out 
  • Looking at collaborations
  • Getting my e-mails down to zero!!!
  • Have an awesome Thursday!!
  • xx
Mar 30, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 29th March - #cycling #interviews #focused

  • Having an amazing day
  • Sleeping better
  • Cycling for an hour & really enjoying it
  • Interview with Paula Reid - How she lives her life -
  • Goals and making sure you set smart goals
  • Caroline will be coming back on the podcast to talk about - Make it Happen March
  • Not being able to do anything before my interview with Cheryl Strayed!
  • Feeling the pressure building up
  • 100th episode coming out on the 2nd May
  • Being really focused and using a paper diary to keep track of everything
  • Edited Paul Reid
  • Plans for tomorrow and needing to get them uploaded before midnight on the 31st
  • Funzing Team - Working with London Night - April 25th £10 tickets (I make 70% of the ticket price) 
  • Going to get the coach back from London - save my money
  • E-mails are under control
  • Thank you to Alison Ingleby for converting one of the Youtube videos into a blog article 
  • Article on - How to prepare for your next adventure
  • What’s working well is being really focused on what I need to do
  • 4 episodes to be uploaded and then I’m scheduled with podcast up until May
  • That gives me April and May to pre load all of the podcasts for while I’m away on the Appalachian Trail
  • Waiting for Patreon funds to be processed 
  • Heading down to London for another event - being a panelist in May
  • Have an amazing day - keep focused on what you need to do 
  • Ask yourself if that’s going to help you achieve your goals
  • x
Mar 29, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 28th March - #Training #7Women #7Challenges

Day 87

  • Clear schedule of what I need to achieve today
  • Waking up a little later than normal…
  • Speaking to Rachel Wise in Switzerland from 7 Women - 7 Challenges
  • Sorting out my e-mail - 1 e-mail in my inbox
  • Sitting on a bike for an hour!
  • Reading Cheryl Strayed & interviewing her tomorrow!!!
  • Editing 3 parts for 7 women - 7 challenges
  • Having a power nap at 6.30pm
  • Being naught and eating 3 chocolate desserts!
  • Balance and trying to put on more weight before the trail
  • Shout out to Abbie! Believe in yourself
  • How to deal with haters and negative people
  • You have one life to live
  • Plans for tomorrow…. interview with Cheryl Strayed.. & wanting to do the best interview possible
  • Being inspired by Garry Vernackhuck especially in relation to having patience and being authentic
  • Wanting to do more videos & vlogging
  • Capacity to upload 1 more podcast before midnight on the 31st
  • So many interviews coming up….
  • Getting ready to start pre-loading episodes for while I’m away on the Appalachian Trail
  • Struggling to get insurance at a reasonable price
  • Excited to buy my tent in April!!
  • Having to get the coach to London
  • Have an amazing day, have fun, follow your passions and write down your goals
  • Know what you’re working towards! 
  • x
Mar 28, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 27th March - #MotivationalMonday

Amazing Monday! New Patrons and new interviews recorded! 

  • Monday plans - S&C Session and 2 interviews
  • Lovely e-mail from supporters of the podcast!
  • The link for people to becoming a patron!
  • Please share the podcast with everyone you know!!!
  • Thank you to Ellen for sharing my podcast leaflet to Libby Peter!
  • Trying to promote more women’s blogs through the main FB page (2,600+)
  • Thank you to everyone who is helping with the FB page and the TG Tribe
  • The tribe is growing and trying to decide how I want to grow it? If I want to grow it?
  • 90 patrons & breaking through the $400 a month!!!
  • Next goal - 100 Patrons!!!
  • Plans for Tuesday - 2 more interviews for 7 Women - 7 Challenges, write show notes, and edit 3 interviews.
  • By the end of Tuesday having 4 parts of the 7 women - 7 challenges, completed 
  • New walk - the Sandstone Trail in Cheshire
  • Training for this week
  • Continue reading Cheryl Strayed’s book for her interview on Wednesday
  • Having very set goals
  • Being in a very good space and why being very clear with my goals is helping me to achieve my goals
  • Trying to stay focused
  • The 80/20 rule
  • Be proactive  - write down your goals, highlight the priority goals and and focus on what needs to be done first!!
  • x
Mar 27, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 26th March - Happy Mother’s Day!


  • Starting the day with 121 Coaching
  • Marking the different area of your life out of 10
  • Focusing in on one area to create SMART Goals
  • Not telling people what to do
  • What do you want to do with your life
  • Recording Youtube video’s
  • Sharing my podcasts on youtube automatically through Libsyn
  • Youtube subscribers have grown from 100 to 360 with over 26,000 views
  • 3 more videos to come out - Yorkshire Dales Walk, Day 1 of my 50 mile walk and Day 2 of 50 mile walk
  • Answering questions for Katrina Megget’s blog - Climbing 40 volcanoes by the age of 40
  • Trying something new
  • Repurposing content 
  • 4 videos recorded
  • Answering blog questions for Dani from Mountain & Co
  • Answering questions on starting a podcast
  • Adding in the intro and ending to the videos
  • Issues with exporting the videos to Youtube
  • Conference Call 
  • Doing it for free and asking for donations
  • Plans for next week
  • Getting back on Instagram stories!
  • Having 13 interviews lined up!
  • Interviewing 7 women for 7 challenges for Part 3
  • Speaking with Cheryl Strayed on the 25th
  • Re reading wild and getting my questions sorted for the interview
  • Draw to win a copy of Catherine Mayers book on the 31st March
  • Have an amazing Monday and be proactive!!!


Mar 26, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 25th March - #blinkist #AppalachianTrail

Show notes

  • Having no plans
  • Starting my day with Blinkist
  • Reading great books
  • Creating artwork for the daily podcast - 70 done!
  • This daily podcast will finish on day 150 - the 30th May
  • Spending some glorious time in the sunshine
  • Being good on my supplements & having miso (v.salty) in my protein shakes
  • New blog posts uploaded for Sarah Logan, Gina Cleere & Rahma Barclay
  • Trying to figure out how to upload my video footage while on the trail
  • Do I need my watch?
  • Being tactical with recording and taking photos
  • Following “Bigfoot” may not work for me
  • Waiting for the 1st of April for Patreon funds to come through!
  • Birthday cards organised for while I’m away
  • Planning for Boston - what to do? Any suggestions?
  • Not knowing how I’m going to feel after I finish…
  • Getting booked in with my Naturopath for September
  • Hope you’ve had an amazing day
  • Sunday plans
  • Watch out for the Youtube videos’s coming out!
  • x
Mar 25, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 24th March -Planning for the Appalachian Trail


  • Chilled day
  • Appalachian Trail Planning!
  • What is the Appalachian Trail?
  • Thinking back to 2014..
  • Wanting to challenge myself for longer
  • How the 100 days evolved over time
  • Planning the 1st 10 days and 200 miles
  • Getting the balance right with planning
  • Choosing my tent 
  • Electrolytes in tablet form
  • New speaking gig in London
  • Being in London for the UK Blog Awards
  • Insurance? Waiting for quotes..
  • Keep ticking little things off the list
  • Starting to get my stuff together
  • Watching Bigfoot on Youtube for ideas
  • Alexa is taking on the Merchandise for Tough Girl Challenges!
  • More videos coming soon!
  • Creating an April spreadsheet
  • Thank you Leah for helping out with the show notes
  • Loving work
  • Have an awesome day!
  • x
Mar 24, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 23rd March - Rest day


  • Lazy day, eating food
  • Comparing my 50 miles over two days to doing 52 miles on MDS
  • New equipment for the trail
  • Flights booked home from Boston
  • Looking for Insurance and getting quotes
  • Needing to get my tent, backpack, insurance and shoes
  • Being organised with the podcast
  • Tough Girl Extra - Laura Gush & Sarah Logan
  • My plan for the end of March
  • Plan for April 
  • Still looking for a sponsor but being chilled about it
  • Patreon - $395 - 88 patrons
  • Goal to get to $400 or $450 by the end of March
  • Needing to get to $600 by the start of the trail 
  • Needing to tick a few more things off my list!
  • Have a fantastic day!
  • x


Mar 23, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 22nd March - Day 2  - 50 miles

  • Waking up early 
  • Wearing the same clothes
  • Worried about injury
  • Getting to a trudge towards the end
  • Tips & tricks for getting through it
  • Negativity
  • Just thinking about the first 2 weeks of the trail
  • Having bad hydration and fuelling
  • Needing to have a routine when it comes to eating
  • Being met by mum
  • Being helped out of my trainers by dad
  • Started at 8.40 maybe about 7 hour of walking
  • Eating, drinking, hot bath, bed.
  • New daily record for downloads! (2,720 downloads in a day!)
  • Thank you for all your support!
  • Taking things away as well as adding them to your life
  • Have a fantastic day!
Mar 22, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - 21st March


  • Lacking motivation in the morning
  • Heading out for a 25 mile training walk
  • Cheeky ice cream at Parkgate
  • Feeling in pain, throbbing legs & arms
  • Dealing with the DOMS
  • 3.3 mph - about 20 min miles
  • Being inspired by Nikki Kimble to push through the pain
  • 25 miles, 7.40 mins, 53,000 steps!
  • Listening to podcasts by Tim Ferris
  • Plan for tomorrow
  • Filming for Youtube
  • Breaking down the Appalachian Trail Challenge
  • Why I’m just going to focus on the first 2 weeks, the first 200 miles of the trail
  • Training on tired legs
  • New episode of the Tough Girl Podcast out today - Rahma Barclay
  • Hitting 250,000 downloads of the Tough Girl Podcast
  • Being exhausted & tired
  • Sorry about the tears



Mar 20, 2017

#Chilled Sunday 

Mar 19, 2017

Day 77

Swimming - 1hr - 2425m

Sorting my life out - hoover, change bedding

Recording a new MDS Questions video

Beetroot & chocolate cake

Outsourcing work for the podcast

Mar 18, 2017

A rocking Friday!

2 podcasts edited!!

Follow me on Instagram stories! @toughgirlchallenges

Mar 17, 2017

Tough Girl Daily - Thursday  16th March - #ThrillingThursday


#GymLife #editing #CatherineMayer


  • Being  productive and everything coming together
  • New episodes on Tough Girl EXTRA with Frances Taylor
  • Sharing a bit more about the process and what I do when a new episode get launched
  • Heading to the gym with dad
  • Start of a new 8 week block of training
  • Yolk Hold - increased from 80kg to 90kg 
  • Changing my process re podcasting
  • Anne-Maria Watson uploaded and done - as well as Sarah Logan all uploaded and good to go
  • Taking a power nap
  • Heading to Liverpool to hear Catherine Mayer and Tabitha Morton talk
  • Learning to say NO 
  • Getting involved in WEP in the future
  • Having to be selfish and not apologising for it
  • Donating my hair to the Little Princess Trust
  • Should I shave my head?
  • Patrons - thank you so much -85 patrons $386 per month
  • Thank you Stance for my socks!!
  • Check out
  • Have an amazing day!
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