Each issue we speak to four inspiring, hard-working women and find out their thoughts on success, gender stereotypes and inspiration. Penny Elliott, Founder of Pennycomins, shared with us what makes her tick and most importantly, advice that will help us succeed in both business and life.
I’d name my autobiography: Latte Lane to Kona Coffee. And my sequel will be Rich AND Relaxed, because you can have both.
To me success means: Having all you desire. Being able to do work that you love and have time for loved ones, all while pushing yourself to be the best version you can be. Throw in a few adventures and loads of abundance and you have success.
Ultimately we need fuel to get speed, but as the weather cools and our motivation to hit the trail wanes, it is important to keep the winter bulge in check to perform at a high level. A runner weighing 73 kilograms has to generate 6.5 per cent more energy to run the same pace as a runner weighing 68 kilograms. Penny Comins looks at some ways to keep active and fight the flab.
Heading out to the Manaslu Mountain Trail Race, Nepal meant I was looking for anything that could help me get through the eight stages, 216 kilometres and 14,422 meters of elevation. I had the kit sorted; fitness was where it could be so I looked to technique. I knew that having an efficient technique would mean I was using less energy to move faster. Thus resulting in less time on my feet, faster day on day recovery and an overall more enjoyable experience.
I'll be the first to admit I am a fair weather runner, the hotter the better, any chance of rain and I start moaning. Winter is not my favourite time of year. For at least four months I have to face up to keep the devil falling from the sky and stay fit. Penny Comins explores some cross training options to keep you fit, motivated and warm over winter.
We are officially in Autumn and will be until the end of May. Although the sun may be high in the sky and we are still experiencing hot days, you will notice darker mornings again, and the lush selection of berries at affordable prices have gone. Penny Comnis sees no reason to be disheartened; Autumn brings copious seasonal fruit and vegetables and an excuse to start the red wines by the fire after a crisp day out on the trails.
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