Name: Lucy Bartholomew
Based out of: Melbourne, Australia
Favorite Distance: 8hours; however far that gets me!
Favorite place to run: I love the different places the world has to offer but i did fall especially in love with Norway.
Currently training for: training is done for the Western States 100mile
Q: Where did your love of running come from? How did you get started running?
A: I started running when I was 15 and my Dad signed up for his first 100km. I shared the training runs, preparation and race itself with him. It was so special to have this time to bond and talk about everything… plus eat a lot!
Q: What has kept you running?
A: My motivation has changed over the years; from physical health, mental health, community, curiosity, gratitude and pure love has kept me putting one foot in front of the other everyday
Q: You started endurance training at a relatively young age. How do you feel we can continue to encourage young women to join the sport?
A: I think the most important thing about my process into running was that it wasn’t about the actual act of running but more about the time I could spend with my dad and the places and adventures we got to go on together. It needs to be fun, enjoyed and it helps to be somewhere beautiful.
Q: You are a totally plant-based runner! When did you start that lifestyle? How do you feel it impacts your training/recovery/energy levels?
A: I have been fully vegan for 2 years and vegetarian for 3 years prior to that. I find that my body sleeps and recovers a lot better, I am able to be very intuitive with what my body needs and I can fully live.
Q: Do you have any tips for athletes looking to transition to plant-based eating?
A: Read, listen, experience, play. There is a lot of information out there and you need to read it with a pinch of salt but take some advice, and find what works for you personally. We are all different. Also check your blood test every 3 months to see the adaptions in the body!
Q: You have the incredible opportunity to be part of the Salomon Trail Running Team. What’s that like? I imagine you have an endless source of inspiration from your teammates!
A: I am surrounded by my idols and it has opened so many doors for me to travel the world, reach my potential and meet some amazing communities. I feel very grateful to be apart of this family and share this sport with this team.
Q: What does a typical day of training look like for you?
A: It’s nothing crazy! I wake up, run, breakfast, core, lunch, maybe an afternoon run or gym or cross training, prepare dinner, stretch, sleep early!
Q: Do you have a weekly mileage that your body is happiest at?
A: I really enjoy training for 15-18 hours. I feel like I can obtain a nice balance with these hours.
Q: You’re really awesome at keeping up with a cross training schedule! What are some of your favorite ways to train outside of running?
A: I love to swim, yoga, gym work, cycle…. so much I love! I just enjoy to be outside and challenging myself in new ways and seeing the effect of the body and playing!
Q: You’re preparing to debut in the 100 mile distance at the historic and prestigious Western States! So incredible. How has training been going? Did you make any changes to prepare for the distance?
A: I am! The training is done now and I am very proud of the training I did, the way I adapted for my lifestyle and any challenges that came my way. I didn’t change too much from training for 100km but I made sure to practice the nutrition side of running, and doing some more big days next to each other!
Q: What are you most looking forward to on race day?
A: I am really looking forward to entering new distance territory and to share some moments of pure joy and pure suffering to make the accomplishment even more sweeter.
Q: How has your time training in California been? Any surprises or challenges you’ve faced so far?
A: I have loved it!! I was prepared for the downhill, hard trails and the heat but it is crazy to feel the oven of the canyons. It’s been fun to embrace it. And the people have totally blown my mind of generosity and welcomed me to the California family from the moment I stepped off the plane.
THE FUN THINGS
Q: Do you have a best run yet?
A: so many runs! I couldn’t pick. Everyday i am just grateful to step out the door to be MY best.
Q: Dream races or places to run?
A: I would love to run in Antarctica because I don’t know how long it will be there with climate change and i think it would be a very unique and special opportunity.
Q: Do you have any favorite runners you follow?
A: following Emilie Forsberg is nice to see a balanced girl with great running abilities, a green thumb for gardening and a queen in the kitchen too. Also Sally McRae who is a mum to two kids and still balances work/life/ training and shoes the raw side of success and failure.
Q: Favorite post-run food:
A: green smoothie bowls! Made with lots of greens from the garden, spice, frozen bananas and topped with fruit and nuts!
Q: Favorite coffee:
A: I have never had a coffee! But I love a good green tea
Q: If you weren’t an elite runner what would you be?
A: Who knows! Perhaps studying nutrition at uni!
Q: Something that is challenging you right now?
A: Aside from preparing for a new challenge of 100miles I would say converting the miles, Fahrenheit and feet into kilometres, Celsius and meters so I understand haha!
Q: Something that is rewarding you right now?
A: life. I feel so incredibly lucky and appreciative of where I am, what I am doing, how amazing everyone I am surrounded by. I know what an honour it is to be offered these opportunities and they don’t come easy so i want to absorb every moment.
Q; What are you most looking forward to in 2018?
A: Exploring America as I have never been and finishing my year with a community project in Nepal with Impact Marathon so spread the power of running and see another side of the world and way of living.