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Interview: Jenny Tough On Running The Tien Shan Mountains | Misadventures
Distance runner, traveler, adventurer, and writer Jenny Tough lives up to her name. She's trekked and paddled her way through six continents, including the unmapped terrain of the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Here's her on goals, challenges, and what she brings on her runs. You were the first person to run solo and unsupported across the Tien Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan. What was it about the challenge that enticed you in the first place? I grew up in the Canadian Rockies, and mountains have always felt like home for me. My desire to go to the Tien Shan was born from a need to explore mountains, and during my research of this mysterious mountain range I somehow came up with the idea that I would cover the whole thing on my own two feet. I've been a runner for a long time, looking for bigger challenges every year, and I began to wonder just how far it was possible to run. This seemed like a great way to find out. Growing up, did you always know you would end up doing adventures