The Off the Ropes Podcast

The Off the Ropes podcast is a weekly show bringing you some of the World's most inspiring individuals, but not just those who have achieved enormous success, specifically those who have endured hardship and adversity and overcame their challenges. Plus, interviews with experts in the fields of neuroscience, nutrition, health, fitness and personal development, extracting their wisdom on how to optimise your performance, fulfil your potential and learn how to get your life 'off the ropes'.
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Sep 23, 2016

If you’ve ever thought it’s too late for you to achieve something epic, Mimi Anderson will force you to reconsider. Mimi began running when she was 36; to assist in her recovery from anorexia, and to help her re-discover her purpose and identity.

Although, initially, only able to run on a treadmill for a few minutes without heaving for breath, Mimi is now one of the world's most accomplished and decorated long-distance runners. To date, Mimi has run the entire length of Britain and Ireland - achieving two Guinness World Records for her efforts; she's won several ultra-endurance races including the tortuous 6633 Arctic ultra-marathon, the Double Spartathlon (153 miles from Athens to Sparta AND back again) and the 135 mile Cyprus Ultra. Now 54, Mimi is preparing to run 3000 miles across America, hoping to snatch her third mind-blowing World Record. Off the Ropes? We’ll say!

Topics Discussed:

  • How to begin running and overcome embarrassment.
  • How to overcome the intimidation of exercise.
  • The appeal of ultra-running.
  • Mimi’s 15-year battle with anorexia & how running helped.
  • Mimi’s first Marathon des Sables – what went wrong.
  • Why Mimi felt running shaped her identity.
  • Why we shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to do things alone.
  • Mimi’s favourite, and also her most challenging, race.
  • The consequences of her father’s death during the gruelling 6633 Arctic Ultra.
  • The power of visualising success.
  • Who motivates Mimi.
  • Preparing for her 3000-mile race across America.
  • Mimi’s Off the Ropes Challenge!