In episode 17 we hear from Tough Girl Sarah Williams. After working in finance for 8 years, Sarah quit her city job and spent 18 months travelling the world, climbing Kilimanjaro, backpacking around South America and doing a ski season.
Sarah set up Tough Girl Challenges as a way of motivating and inspiring women and girls, and is the host of the Tough Girl Podcast where she interviews inspirational female explorers, adventurers, athletes and everyday women who have overcome great challenges. She now has over half a million downloads with listeners in over 174 countries.
Alongside this Sarah absolutely walks the talk with adventures such as the Marathon Des Sables and the Appalachian Trail under her belt. In this episode we hear about how she prepared for these challenges and what she learned as well as the harsh truth of what it was like day to day to complete them.
Sarah totally embodies her Tough Girl brand but also doesn't shy away from discussing the realities of this type of lifestyle. Sarah's Daily Podcast series shows exactly what it's like to do undertake a big adventure, which really helps to debunk the myth that it's all fun and games. A true role model for many, Sarah is destined for great things, the next of which is to cycle the Pacific Coast Highway and the Baja Divide.
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Episode producer: Rachel Newson
Episode editor: John Tuttle
Advice on walking the trail
The long stage
Running your own race
Resources and preparation on MDS
Sarah's book - Tough Girl Sahara Challenge
Examples of poor preparation
Life without a plan
Monetising a podcast
How to build a successful podcast
Audio is the next big thing
How to podcast well
Programmes for editing (e.g. Isotope or Adobe Audition)
What not to do in a podcast
How to build a brand
How to build a community
Choosing good guests
Master's in Women and Gender
Going back to university
Words of wisdom on adventure
Types of adventure
Obesity in Mexico
Life is a journey not a destination
Realistic life of an adventurer