Articles by Lucy Bartholomew

The Race We Need

My first race of the year was the Black Canyon 100k in Arizona. Highly regarded as the most competitive starting field in the US, this race is technically downhill, and the times that fill the top of the results list ar...

Change Is Good

I’ve changed, you’ve changed and the world has changed. The sport of ultrarunning has changed. When I entered the sport of ultrarunning in 2012, I remember my first 50k where there was a total of 45 people on the start...

Where Community Runs Deep

Visiting a rural town in Australia called Karratha, I had to fly 7 hours to the west coast from my home located on the southeast coast of Australia. I changed planes and took another 2.5-hour flight to a town that made m...

Coming Home to Ultra Trail Australia

There is a quote that goes, “The tough get going when the going gets tough.” This sums up my latest race at the Ultra Trail Australia 100k, which is my ‘local’ big deal race. It’s where the best athletes from aroun...

Connection Built on Dirt

I can’t count how many times I’ve said that I love running, but the people of the sport have continually inspired me not to give up, helped lift me up and keep me always wanting to show up. When I reflect on m...

Effort and Attitude at Tarawera

The author crosses the finish at Tarawera in February. Courtesy Author To tell the story of how I ended up sleeping in a van on the side of a road and hopping on a bus to Lake Okataina at 4 a.m. to r...

Do What Works for You

I have been working with a coach since I was 16 years old, and was first coached by someone who loved the data and numbers—the metrics mattered. I was constantly trying to stay in the correct heart rate zone,...

Seasons

Much like the result of climate change, it can be hard to know what season we are in, in both nature and sport. With ultra and trail running booming in participation numbers, so are the number of races that seem to sp...

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

In August, I had the privilege of jumping the border from France into Switzerland to help crew, pace and support a friend taking on a 100-mile trail race that climbs and descends 33,000 feet of elevation....

Mindset for Adventure

What is “race day mentality?” It’s that mindset that we slip into as we chase a goal we’ve been working toward and have dedicated hours of preparation — not only in training the body but also training the mind to be f...

The History Behind Where We Run

I live in Australia and my house sits in a suburb called Diamond Creek. The name supposedly came from a cow called Diamond that fell into a creek and died. (Or so, that's what my Dad and I were told when we moved here...

Basics Done Right

Here we go again. Welcome to a new year, a fresh start, clean slate or whatever you want to call it. Maybe you are starting from ground zero, drawing up floorplans of what you’re going to be building. What is running...

Winter Mindset

Before talking about winter, I want to mention that I am an Australian who has lived her life avoiding  the cold by continent-hopping, chasing dry, warm and sunny trails where I can roam around rocking a sports bra,...

What Makes a Legend?

The Oxford dictionary defines “legend” as “an extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field.” In Australia, we throw the world legend around, particularly if we can’t quite remember a  person’...

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...