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Jen Brown - Running and Triathlon Coach, Author and Mindset Coach for Women SpartaChicks Radio brings inspiring stories coupled with practical, tried-and-tested-in-the-real-world advice from successful women in sport, business and life. Jen Brown from Sparta Chicks Radio is a Running and Triathlon Coach and Writer. The goal of Sparta Chicks Radio is to share inspiring stories coupled with practical, tried-and-tested-in-the-real-world advice from successful women in all walks of life about the realities of fear, self-doubt, courage, bravery, success and living life on your terms. From world class athletes, brilliant business minds to everyday women undertaking epic adventures, Sparta Chicks Radio will help you tap into your inner strength, courage, bravery and determination so you can chase your dreams and live a more fulfilling life on your terms. Find out more at www.spartachicks.com
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Sep 30, 2018

Ellie Greenwood is ultra running royalty. I also got the impression from our chat that she’s incredibly humble and I suspect that description may not sit comfortably with her  — but it’s the truth.

A 2x winner of one of the world’s most famous and revered races, the Western States Endurance Run 100 (that’s 100mi/160km).

In 2012, she also smashed the course record — that record still stands today.

She’s also a 2x winner of the World 100km Championship and in 2014 she also won the Comrades Marathon, an 89km race in South Africa, regarded as the world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon.

While we touch on those races in this conversation, we spend much of our time behind-the-scenes, with Ellie sharing:

- how her athletic identity changed from someone who ran for fun to that of a ‘semi-professional’ and potential winner,

- how you don’t need to have the ‘perfect race’ to achieve the best result you can,

- her struggle with injuries and her advice on how to get your running ‘fix’ when you’re injured and how to remain optimistic when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel,

- how it took her 2nd win at the Western States 100 for her to finally call herself a 100-mile runner, and

- whether she secretly crosses her fingers and hopes that no-one breaks her record at the Western States 100 each year.

Get the full show notes for the episode here.

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Sep 16, 2018

If you follow Tracey on social media, you would have seen stunning photos from her work assignments in Far North Queensland, Jordan, Finland, Sweden, South Africa and Botswana over the past 12 months.

Of course, social media is just the highlight reel. It doesn’t show the full story.

Tracey bravely shares that story (for the first time) in this conversation.

Back in 2016, Tracey realised she was experiencing some hearing loss. After 9 months of searching for answers, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. “A very good tumour in a very shit place” as she describes it.

In this conversation:

* how Tracey got into travel journalism and how she discovered mountain biking,

* her advice for women who are interested in learning to ride a mountain bike  (simply, don’t be put off by the crazy Youtube videos)

* what she’s learnt from travelling to places such as Jordan, Palestine and Afghanistan  that are portrayed as “dangerous” in the media,

* the symptoms that led her to visit her doctor as well as her diagnosis and treatment plan,

* why she named her tumour ‘Timmy”, and

* how she has used the mindfulness of mountain biking to clear her head.

Get the full show notes for the episode here.

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Follow Tracey on Instagram: instagram.com/traceycroke/ 

Sep 9, 2018

Back in episode #17, Hayley shared her story and experience of becoming the first person - male or female -  to kayak the length of the Clarence River.

The longest river system on the east coast of Australia, the journey of 400km took Hayley 2 weeks to complete.

If you haven’t listened to that conversation (recently), I’d encourage you to go back and listen to our initial conversation first — as it is our starting point for this chat. You can find it here

Hayley had only completed her journey about 5 or 6 days before we spoke and shared it felt quite surreal to think an expedition 2 years in the planning was over. 

So we begin this week's conversation by discussing whether time and hindsight have changed her perception of what she learnt from that experience.

Then we dive into Hayley’s next big adventure.

And I have to be honest, I didn’t know much of the details going into this conversation.

All I knew was that it involved a kayak, a river in Tasmania, and that she was taking her two boys, aged 7 and 5, with her.

We also talk about everything from the logistics and challenges associated with taking kids into the outdoors, mother’s guilt and why it is altruistic and not selfish for women - and especially mothers - to pursue their goals and full their cup a little bit every day.

Plus we discuss the power of visualisations, risk minimisation, the danger of complacency and why it’s important to have a series of “rivers” - times we step out of our comfort zone and grow into something that’s a bit scary and unknown - throughout life.

Get the full show notes for the episode here.

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Sep 2, 2018

Back in 2007, Heather Hawkins was, by her own admission, a desperately unfit and busy mum of 2.

Then one day she visited her doctor after noticing some unusual symptoms she had initially attributed to the ‘middle age’ spread, enjoying Christmas a little too much and even menopause.

A scan later the same day revealed the shocking news - Heather was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Fortunately, Heather has not only survived but thrived in the years since. And just 6 years ago took up running.

She then she’s gone onto finish the North Pole Marathon, the World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days), the Volcano Marathon in Chile as well as the Marathon des Sables, a 250km, 7 day stage race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco.

Plus she’s hiked the 1,700km Great Himalaya Trail across the Nepalese Himalayas with her children.

As part of my commitment to focus on women’s health, we dive into her diagnosis, treatment and recovery from ovarian cancer before discussing how running has helped her unlock her ‘adventurous spirit’ again.

Get the full show notes for the episode here.

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Follow Heather on Instagram: www.instagram.com/heather_adventurousspirit/ 

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