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LESSONS IN BADASSERY Insights from some of the toughest endurance athletes on the planet

KATIE CAMPBELL SPYRKA HAS INTERVIEWED SOME OF THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST FEMALE ATHLETES AND ADVENTURERS FOR HER BLOG, LESSONS IN BADASSERY. HERE SHE SHARES THE INSIGHTS SHE’S LEARNED IN THE PROCESS

LESSONS IN BADASSERY

When Ironman legend Chrissie Wellington replied to my request for an interview last year, I did a little internal woop of joy. Here was a world-renowned athlete, an icon in sport, saying yes to coming on my little blog, Lessons in Badassery, which was a mere three months old at the time. It wasn’t just a yes from an athlete I admired, but more proof that when women support each other, everyone benefits.

And that neatly sums up the point of my blog: to support and share the stories of women doing incredible things in sport, fitness and adventure. What had started out as quest to find and follow inspiring women to help keep myself motivated, snowballed when I realised the sheer number of female athletes and adventurers flying under the media radar. Since then, I’ve interviewed everyone from the all-female Ice Maidens, who skied for nine hours a day hauling 74kg pulks behind them for 61 days across Antarctica, to record-breaking ultra-runners and kickass endurance adventurers.

I’ve quizzed every athlete and explorer on everything from mental resilience to physical training and the tricks they turn to when it’s time to dig deep (which they do. A lot!).

This is what I’ve learned…

The gutsy Jen Scotney running the 108-mile Spine Challenger, on the Pennine Way in winter, where she placed third this year
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The Community issue! The September Family issue is packed full of stories and information on just how vital our running community is. There’s no doubt that for many of our readers, as they head into the school holidays, their running community helps them keep going. That’s why we’ve strategically placed this theme to coincide with the summer holidays, and motivate readers to keep up their running, however tough that can feel. Why not join a running community, and make a difference to the lives of others? Tina Chantrey looks at the work of GoodGym, and how this nationwide movement is reaching out to hundreds of thousands of old people while getting fit at the same time. We have the inspiring story of Grace Mackintosh Sim, who combines her passion for art and running to help her local running community. There’s also the real-life stories of two incredible women; Emma Preston relied on the Run Mummy Run community to turn her life around and lose weight on her journey to fitness; Julie Cole turned to the Riot Squad crew to build confidence as she travelled through divorce, plus other major life issues. There’s also cover star Sorrell Walsh’s story, of how the London collective, Run Dem Crew, helped her realise her potential on her path to achieving the men’s, not just women’s qualifying time for Boston Marathon (sub three hours!). This issue is a celebration of the people around us who enable us to achieve the goals and dreams we never thought possible. Also covered in this issue: podcasts for runners, fun cross-training ideas, intermediate half-marathon training plan and holistic injury prevention, focusing on the kinetic chain. We’ve also got our Best in Test trail special, with trail shoes, back packs and accessories under test from our team of qualified runners.