This is the most moving podcast I’ve recorded to date.
My guest, Tanya Bottomely, is an advocate for raising awareness around domestic violence and abuse, ultra trail runner and story teller. Tanya generously shares her personal story about living in an abusive relationship, how she managed to leave that relationship and the remarkable and uplifting story of her recovery.
Running turned out to be a saviour for Tanya – it gave her freedom and agency which helped her build confidence to change her life. An important part of Tanya’s awareness raising is to share her progress towards recovery and to give hope to others out there that change is possible. Too often we hear about the horrors of domestic violence and abuse but not about recovery; her short film Peak of Possibility, featured in the 2021 RunNation film festival, is all about this. It is inspiring on so many levels.
Tanya and I also discuss her amazing running feats including her goal to become the first woman in New Zealand to complete the Southern Season Miler Challenge – a cool 4 x 100 mile (161 km) ultra endurance races. WOW! We discuss fuelling for long runs and how Tanya trained for these impressive performances.
Run Like Tanya website: https://runliketanya.com
Run Like Tanya facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/runliketanya/
Instagram handle @runliketanya
“PEAK OF POSSIBILITY” SHORT FILM
“Peak of Possibility” is part of the RunNation film festival, screened across various locations in Australia: https://runnationfilmfestival.com/australia
To see RunNation (and other) films, you can subscribe to the Adventure + channel: https://adventureplus.com/programs/rnff-2021-22
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELP – NEW ZEALAND
Women’s Refuge: https://womensrefuge.org.nz
It’s Not OK: http://www.areyouok.org.nz
Woven Earth: https://wovenearth.org.nz
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELP – AUSTRALIA
Australian Government Services: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/family-and-domestic-violence
LINKS MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST
The Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle: https://eckharttolle.com/books/
Tor des Geants: https://runthealps.com/races/tor-des-geants/
Wild Things, New Zealand trail Running Club: https://www.wildthings.club
Ultramarathon Man: https://ultramarathonman.com