About Me

Hello there, thanks for stopping by!

My name is Elisabet Barnes. I left a career in management consulting to become a coach, endurance runner (2 x winner of the 250km Marathon des Sables in Moroccan Sahara) and soon also a certified sexologist and couples therapist.

I am passionate about health, well-being, more openness and less judgement around sex, and about encouraging women to be more confident and love themselves.

I am Swedish, now living in Trysil, Norway and I am happily married to my wonderful husband Sondre Amdahl. Between 2007 and 2019 I lived in the UK and I have also lived a couple of years in Spain. Normally I love travelling the world, experiencing and learning from new cultures, but in these times of social distancing I am spending most of my time in our cosy home by the foot of the mountain.

I had a successful career in management consulting in London when my father suddenly passed away in 2010. I realised that life is very fragile and that the future can’t be taken for granted. A seed was planted to make a change in life.

In 2012 I discovered the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara and I was drawn to it like a magnet. Like it does for many people, the impactful and humbling experience of living a simple existence in the harsh desert changed my life. Over the coming years I set up my own business, took the leap to resign from my job and a comfortable life to step into the unknown. I turned ultra running into a career and started to coach other people who want to follow their dreams.

I love helping people take up habits that will improve their health, fitness and quality of life. As a running coach I work primarily with people who want to take up stage racing such as the Marathon des Sables but I love supporting runners of all abilities. I am interested in food and nutrition and follow a primarily plant based diet for reasons of health, environment and animal welfare.

I am also passionate about empowering women and helping them feel confident in their own skin, be proud of their bodies no matter the shape, and own their femininity and sexuality. Read more about my decision to become a sexologist and therapist here.

My background in Management Consulting means that I appreciate the pressures of a demanding work schedule and how difficult it can be to balance all things in life. I hold a MSc in Engineering & Business Management and a Graduate Certificate in Change Management. Supporting organisations and individuals through change for many years is an experience that my coaching clients can now benefit from. When living in the UK I was a UK Athletics certified Coach in Running Fitness and I have also trained and worked as a sports- and massage therapist.

If you are interested in running coaching, check out my coaching website UltraCoach. I also coach at training camps in Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. More information is available via Kompass Trails.

For all other enquiries, or for sex- and relationship therapy, see my Contact page.

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