Articles by Lucy Bartholomew

Western States Women

I remember the exact moment I heard footsteps behind me, the shuffling of feet and the “swish, swish” sound of knee-length shorts rhythmically moving at the cadence of someone still running, 50 miles deep into a 100-mile...

Larapinta Awakening

Returning to my house after six weeks of being away, and having been in this little bubble of a residence for 13 months, was equally exciting, terrifying and understandably, felt unfamiliar. Especially...

More Than Just a Trail

They say it’s about the journey – not the destination. I say it’s all about the company – not the trail. “What is your favorite trail?” It’s a question I am regularly asked along with, “What is your favorite distanc...

You Do You

Curiosity is the word I use to describe how I live my life. I chase answers to questions, I chase new experiences, and I’m willing to try – succeed or fail. I’m incredibly lucky to have had so many opportunities, but...

Embracing Transition

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”   – Audrey Hepburn To do anything today is to believe in a tomorrow – we book appointments, arrange to catch up with friends and train for races because we believe that...

Winter in Australia

This year, I endured my first winter in Australia. It may sound like a small feat, but for six years I have followed the sun around the globe while chasing the running calendar. Winter in Australia makes a lot of peop...

Find Your Reason

I’ve often been told that starting with your why is the best place to start anything. Once you have that, the what, where, who and when doesn’t matter so much. And when two people share the same why, you have more than c...

Race of Life

As I write this, we are three days into a six-week lockdown – the strictest lockdown Victoria, Australia, has ever seen. All businesses, bars, supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations are closed. In regards to the ou...

Making Rookie Mistakes

I have been in the sport of long distance running for eight years and I can reassure you that I am still learning, re-learning and then frustratingly, learning again. And I’m not the only one. That’s the beauty of this s...

Running on Emotion

“Tough times build tough people.” That’s what I keep telling myself and those around me. Let me preface this with that whatever you are feeling during this time of uncertainty, if your races are being canceled, if life h...

My Favorite Trails Down Under

“Iconic” refers to something having the characteristics of an icon. For trails around the world it means showing off the beauty in well-known, historical areas. When people think of Australia, if it’s not for the coffee...

How I Got Here

I have found myself coming to terms with writing “athlete” when asked about my profession, which still makes me feel a little nervous, proud, excited and slightly like a fraud using the title in the company of other grea...

Spring Down Under

Spring is in the air. But what does that even mean? In one half of the world, it’s spring. For the other half of the globe, it’s autumn. As I sit here in Australia, sweating my way through summer, spring feels like a lon...

Camp Hardrock

What is Hardrock? The 100-mile run starts and ends in Silverton, Colorado, and travels through the towns of Telluride, Ouray and ghost town of Sherman, crossing 13 major passes (or peaks) at an elevation of 12,000 – 13,0...