UKMQ Muddcast: Margaret Schlachter

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Jojo and Ami are joined by Margaret Schlachter, OCRs first ever pro female in the sport!

Just off the back of a crazy ten days going from one OCR to another, we talk to her about her career, her book, her podcast, and learning the British way.

 

 

We're on iTunes too: iTunes

 

And on Stitcher for those Android users: Stitcher

 

If you're interested in finding out more about Margaret, here are a few links for you:

 

Margaret's own website where you can find her blogs and her podcasts: Dirt In Your Skirt

 

Follow her on: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

And, if you're interested in her book, buy it here!

 

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UKMQ Muddcast: Let’s Talk Pregnancy

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Check out June’s Muddcast with two of our own Mudd Queens, Ginger Lacey and Francesca Chiorando!

Jojo and Ginger talk to Fran about her running Spartan while pregnant and how she’s adapted to her first pregnancy.

 

 

We’re on iTunes too: iTunes

And on Stitcher for those Android users: Stitcher

 
If you’re interested in Francesca, here are a few links for you:

Mud is My Makeup blogger: Mud is My Makeup

Insight TV presenter: www.insight.tv

Twitter: @FranChiorando

Instagram: @franchiorando

 

 

Enjoy x.

 

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Adventures of a Mudd Queen: Challenge of a Meet-Up

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Check out our guest blogger, Susan Parker! She decided to use her time to visit other Mudd Queens and this is her journey through it.

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In November 2016, after being out of work for 8 weeks, with no sign of getting a new contract until 2017...I was financially secure, so I could afford to wait and I could afford to have a few adventures. Mentally, I was starting to feel a bit down and trapped in doing nothing. I decided to use my time to get out a bit and meet some people. The UKMQ group on Facebook was such a welcoming and supportive community online, and there were some that just needed a friendly face and maybe someone to go out for a coffee and a chat. I posted up an offer in the group that I wanted to meet up with other Mudd Queens, to share the love, give support and just be a friend and I was willing to drive an hour or so to see them.

Wow – The response was overwhelming. So many people were so pleased to see that I was doing this. MQs nominated friends who were down and others requested a visit. I extracted all the comments and replies to the original post and started contacting people. In the end, there were 8 different meet ups to schedule.

The first was close and easy, a group of 4 of us met at Westfield in Stratford City. We started with coffees and treats, and then moved on to lunch. We talked about everything and nothing. We shared a light sparkling wine (we were all using the trains), and enjoyed each other’s company. It was a gentle and easy start to my challenge.

I next met one of our MQHQ team. She invited me to train with her and work on my goal of doing a pull up. I trained while she worked and I had access to equipment to really help me understand the techniques required to do a pull up. I trained on my own and when she had a break, we could have our own chat and catch up. She said

“No matter what you are feeling, you are not alone. There are so many other people who have struggled in the same way you are. Don’t for one moment believe you are alone.”

She gave me a hug and had to go home to train for her own running challenge. She conquered in true MQ style with flare, fight, determination and a smile.

The next visit took me to Hailsham. This is a veritable community of Mudd Queens. Not all could join the meet up event, yet there were still 8 of them from the immediate area. This time, it timed in with a new Queen moving to the village. It gave her a chance to meet some of her neighbours and learn about the area from the locals. We sat in a large coffee shop chatted and traded stories for hours, and in the end, the school run brought a swift end to the meet up.
Then there was Romford, we had a meet up of 3 of us, with a surprise visit from a fourth. These Queens I had seen before, but only on race days. We were celebrating a milestone for one, and thoroughly entertained by the son of the other. We relaxed in a restaurant and chatted, learned more of the struggles, successes and fears of each of us. It was comfortable and easy, with laughs thrown in from our entertainer.

Another day I drove towards Dover and met with a Queen I knew a bit better. We had run Nuclear Fallout together, and this would be a chance to chat and have a bit of a social time rather than the rush of the race day. I arrived relatively early and we had a wonderful walk to a nearby playground which had monkey bars and played/practiced on them to build the technique (it really is all in the hips), then we went for a walk with her husband and the dogs along the coast. It was so foggy you could hardly see the water and the ships looked like they were sailing on the clouds. I stayed to the late afternoon and received a call which was a job offer to start in the new year. I drove home with a big smile and memories of a great day out and some breath-taking views. I wish I could move to this area!

The next visit took me to Wales. I had never been there before, but there was something in the message that I felt I should just go. She was willing to put me up for the night, so the drive was not so bad. So, off I went! We met at a pub with her friend and there were babies for each of us! Her friend had twins and she had a young one of her own. It was as if we had known each other for ages. We all just clicked. I felt so welcomed and accepted and again, we just spent the day and evening hanging out and talking about not much and at times, some of the more challenging things that were troubling her. The following day we were going to meet with her friends for coffee, and then go on to training. I met even more of her friends and we all talked more about all the things going on and supported this Queen through the trials she was having at the time. Training was put aside, we will have to have that beasting session another time. The purpose was to support a friend in need, and the talking was accomplishing more than a workout would have. The 4-hour drive home was filled with thoughts for her, the comfort that she had such a strong support network (some were fellow Queens), and a new perspective on my own relationship.

Several more happened, again at various locations and it was always the same, Queens supporting Queens through whatever was going on. I loved every minute of all the drives (only a few were less than an hour), and the time I spent with my unknown friends. In every case, there was one thing that struck me – I found every single one of them had, or continued to, conquer their fears, challenges and own mental battles. From a variety of anxieties, difficult or challenging relationships, or just struggling with the day to day beating life can offer sometimes - in every case, they were winning. They helped me see that I was winning too.

I am now back to working full-time and cannot get out to do such big adventures so easily. I have my family to be with and spend my weekends with them. I carry with me the memories of each visit and the strength I could see in each one of them to overcome whatever it was in front of them. If I am between contracts again, I will be making another post and I highly recommend this to anyone else who can do it. You will bring a little light to someone else’s day and learn more about yourself too. For me, it was clear that I really am NOT alone, in any challenge I face, there is another 3 or 4 other Mudd Queens who have had the same or similar experiences to me, and they are willing to talk about it and share their guidance, knowledge and support.

Much love
Susan Parker

UKMQ Muddcast: Injury Talk

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Check out April’s Muddcast with our very own Mudd Queen, Ginger Lacey!

Jojo and Ginger talk all things injuries, recovering smart, attempted prevention, and what Ginger’s big 2018 goal is.

 

 

We’re on iTunes too: Click here
If you’re interested in looking into any of the things that were talked about, here are a few links for you:

Nutritious Movement (Katy Bowman): Facebook, Website

Kelly Starret: Facebook, Website

Dirt In Your Skirt (Margaret Schlachter): Facebook, Website

Voodoo Flossing videos: Website

 

Enjoy x.

 

 

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UKMQ Muddcast: Special Guest Co-host

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Check out February’s Muddcast with Jojo and a special guest co-host!

They talk all things MQs, gush over Emily Red, and generally ramble on the MQs goings on.

 

 

And we’re on iTunes!

If you don’t want to miss out on the Mudd Queen medal, get over to #MQWorkForIt Challenge.

Want to join us at Nuclear, see what’s it’s all about Mudd Queens Go Nuclear

Enjoy x.

 

 

 

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UKMQ Muddcast: Winter Racing

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Join us on this months ramble as Jojo and Ami talk about winter racing: what you should think about wearing; how to tackle the cold; what to do after.

Also, uber nerd and Mudd Queen, Becky Neal joins Jojo for a quick chat about what the cold actually does to your body.

 

 

And we’re on iTunes!

If you’re interested in taking your cold training further, check out Margaret Schlachter’s blog on www.dirtinyourskirt.com or go directly to www.wimhofmethod.com

Enjoy x.

 

 

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UKMQ Muddcast: December Motivation

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This month Jojo and Ami have a ramble about December and the dastardly motivation dip that could occur.

Apologies for some minor sound quality issues a bit later on in the podcast. We’re still learning!

 

 

And we’re on iTunes!

If you want to know more about borrowing dogs, check out borrowmydoggy.com.

More information on our January #MQWorkforit charity can be found here girlsoutloud.org.uk. To enter the challenge, click here #MQWorkforit.

Happy Christmas everyone!

 

 

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UKMQ Muddcast: Emily Red

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In this episode, you’ll find us talking to the unassuming but awesome, Emily Red. We talk about her journey to Worlds Toughest Mudder 2016 in Vegas, the power of red leaves, amongst other things :p

And we’re on iTunes!!

Check out Emily’s guest blogging on www.mudismymakeup.com.

You can also follow Emily on Facebook at EmilyRedMQ

You can check out live updates while she, Corinne Luckie, and Harriet Burnett are out there on Tough Mudder Live starting at 7pm on Saturday 12th November.

Alternatively, you can see loads of WTM goodness via Mud Run Guide’s Facebook page leading up to and during WTM.

Also, check out Bodyform’s Red.Fit site on all things to do with your period – it’s some seriously interesting shiz!

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MQ Secret Santa Returns!

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Well knock me sideways with a feather…. it’s that time of year again (well, it’s not really, but MQ’s think it is!). The ever popular MQ Secret Santa is back and is likely to be bigger than ever. Last year we had over 250 sign-ups – this year it’s only been open an hour and we’ve got over 100.

Head on over to the group and find the post they’re all talking about. Failing that, search Secret Santa and it’ll soon pop up.

Wish us luck…. or send booze. Either is good.

UKMQ Muddcast: Women at Worlds

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This episode, Jojo and Ami talk about potential women to watch at the 2016 OCR World Championships Canada.

Whilst most of the women they talk about are signed up, some were not entered at the time of recording.

And we’re on iTunes!!

Keep up-to-date with the goings on at Worlds with Mud Run Guide and Mudstacle

Check out some of the women talked about here:
Lindsay Webster
Faye Stenning
Corinna Coffin
Allison Tai
Siri Englund

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MQ Blogs we love...

Click on their gaw-jus faces to be taken to their blog sites.

This Girl Did

Meet Ami - MQ OCR extraordinaire and general Queen of awesomeness. Ami not only entertains the group with her "Ami-isms" ("Ermagerd!") she was also behind the amazing #bodybucketlist movement and inspired us ladies to let go of those body hang-ups. Ever wonder why all those leg-selfies kept appearing on your newsfeed? Yup, this girl started that. Check out her blog for inspiration, hair tips, and occasional pictures of her lovely cheeky puppy. 

Kind of like a sheep-poo

 

Dirt In Your Skirt

 

Meet our friend from across the pond, Margaret Schlachter.

Jojo and Lucy have been fangirling over this women since they started doing OCR. She's the first women to go pro, she has her own blog, she's an author, and now a podcaster talking to awesome women about the awesome things they do. You'll usually find her covering big races for Mud Run Guide as well as posting about all the crazy fun stuff she gets up to. Her blog is authentically honest and thought-inducing - it is a must read!

Explore. Conquer. Inspire

Ego Satis

Meet Hatti. This girl is h-i-larious. Her blog posts are guaranteed to cheer you up, but be warned, she may bring a tear to your eye with how sweet she is. Hatti's now back from the USA, thank goodness.

Sweet baby cheesits!

 

Mud is my makeup

Introducing Francesca. Running OCR since 2013, she has become obsessed with all things OCR. She's even featured on our Muddcast about her pregnancy and running Spartan with the little bump. Ghost squad and TV presenter, she has LOTS going on.

Mud is my makeup