Waking up the next day, and knowing 5.7km proved such as problem, those 10km runs for such amazing causes were creating a mental blocker in my head of 'I can't'. I took the approach of tackling that 'can't' and turning it into a 'can'.
Another way to ensure VR doesn't become a male echo chamber is for more female leaders to take the reins. Whether it's female entrepreneurs investing in hardware, or more women assuming creative roles, if females aren't part of the top-down hierarchy, VR is destined for a patriarchal future.
On International Women's Day, Garnier UK released an advert on Instagram of six women with the caption "We are strong, We are ambitious, We are awesome (and into double denim), We are women". All six women in the advert are white.
We are more likely to be judged by our appearance and behaviour than men. Women who have a reputation for being aggressive run the risk of being labelled as harsh or unpleasant and those who are less assertive than men are perceived as weaker and not having the same self-confidence.
Feminism and humanitarianism are intrinsically linked, both working towards the welfare and fair treatment of all. Here are five women whose humanitarian work has paved the way toward an equal global society.
Luckily they've made it the 1,100km from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok where I caught up with them. And here's why I think they're two of the best female role models this planet has to offer.
I bloody love being a woman. I can feel this piece in my fingers before I write it and I just want to scream at how happy International Women's day makes me but I don't want to freak my neighbours out by screaming WOMEN!!! at 11 on a Wednesday morning in the middle of Devon. It's that day now so god knows when this will be up. Sorry! But I just wanted to piece together a somewhat organised ramble on why I love women so much.
I was bullied by girls for a lot of my childhood and teen years. I was a tall, skeletal, clumsy, opinionated, ginger - an easy target. I was teased, called names, tripped over in corridors and ostracised. To it's credit, my school dealt with this quite well; the girl were excluded, separated from their friends and the threats sunk in.
Family businesses can be some of the most successful companies in the world. Just look at Nike whose founder Phil Knight recently stepped down as chairman as his son Travis Knight took a seat on the board in 2016. Walmart is still a family business and L'Oreal is still controlled by the founder's daughter.
As I ordered my breakfast in a far-flung beach town in Southern Africa a few weeks ago, I got talking to a guy around my age. "Are you travelling alone?" he asked. When I replied cheerily that I was, he muttered into his hands: "Oh. That's brave."
Some of the anti-International Women's Day rhetoric this year, from men and women, is worrying. I foolishly engaged in a Facebook debate on the subj...
Being the only female candidate in this mayoral race means I stand out. But I want to stand out because of what I stand for, not just because I am a woman. And that means making sure every vote counts.
First and foremost, we have to remember that our entire future rests on the ability of woman to give birth to healthy babies. There will be no 'next generation' if we do not start making motherhood a right and a priority, and that is across the world!
It feels like we have fallen down a gigantic vagina shaped rabbit hole and all that can be heard is an echo chamber of advertisers telling us we can do anything or be anyone (plus if you could just buy this brand that would be ace!).
Sadly I hate to admit that it has been more women than men who have hit me with the type of comments above. But if we are going to continue to make our daughters stronger and our sons more respectful, us women need to stop the mum judgment and support one another now so that we can continue to have a choice in how we parent and live
The more we speak up and find our voices, the more we develop that muscle, and it soon becomes second nature. Starting on International Women's Day, I encourage everyone to be bold, speak up, and play their part to celebrate women year-round.