New podcast episode: Esther and Holly tackle imposter syndrome, Covid and injuries - Women's Running

New podcast episode: Esther and Holly tackle imposter syndrome, Covid and injuries

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  February 24, 2022

In the latest episode of the Women’s Running podcast Esther and Holly are talking about internal critics and external injuries and illness

In this episode of the podcast Holly is in the house – but not my actual house, because she has actual COVID. She’s been dancing around the Covid lurgy for the past couple of weeks, but now it has firmly struck. She’s feeling okay, though, so I cracked the whip and we did this podcast despite the virus.

So we talk about that, and we talk about other things that have put the kibosh on our running, including my self diagnosed hip bursitis, which is worrying me ahead of the Brighton half marathon this weekend. I’ve decided not to run at all in the week beforehand, which I find very concerning, but I’m trying to find some confidence from within. We chat about how we as women, and as runners, can tap into that innate confidence men have, and use it to feel better at start lines – and in life.

We also talk about something closely linked with that during the podcast – Imposter Syndrome. And how we both suffer hugely from it, but how that isn’t a massive surprise because we are WOMEN. So not much about actual running here, and more about the mental tricks our minds play to prevent us from running, or entering races, or feeling good when we do run. We don’t have the answers, but we do have ALL the empathy.

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Need-to-know links

Find out more about the Brighton half marathon I’m running this weekend.

Run the London Landmarks Half on 3rd April.

Please support us on Patreon!

For more information on how to help strengthen and support your hips, listen to this episode of the podcast all about hips!

Want more episodes of the podcast? Here’s the full list of episodes, as well as more about Esther and Holly!

Written by

Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate is our Senior Digital Executive and a keen runner. She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts, cross-training and stretching. She loves to combine running and exploring, so you'll often find her testing out the latest kit in exciting locations across the UK and beyond. Kate champions exercising for enjoyment. "Most of the year, you'll find me running for fun and wellbeing," she says. "That being said, I do still love the thrill of training for a race from time to time!"

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