Lucy Bartholomew almost needs no introduction in the world of Oceanic distance running. The budding 20 yr old Salomon runner has raced more in her teenage years than most of us in our lives. Lucy has progressed to become a world class runner with results like 1st at the Buffalo Stampede SkyUltra 2016 and that famous record breaking run at Bogong to Hotham in January – a true testament to her class. Lucy, like Blake will be leading the charge from the front this year.
Skyrunning ANZ: What (special thing) have you done over the last few months to get ready for the world champs.
Lucy: Over the last few months I (along with my coach Emelie Forsberg) have been working on getting faster and stronger as an overall runner. My weekly training has been varied but always with the focus of shorter, more intense sessions. Away from the trails, I have been focusing a lot more on strength and Pilates which has been an awesome balance for me.
Skyrunning ANZ: Representing the country, what does it mean to you?
Lucy: For me this will be my third time representing Australia and it always means a lot. I am a very self driven person but this motivation to work hard towards the big goal is very inspiring and I hope to do Australia, my family and myself proud.
Skyrunning ANZ: If you could give one tip a new runner looking to one day be standing in your shoes what would it be.
Lucy: Believe in yourself and don’t give up. I started running super young and I was told I was only hurting my body, it took a lot of time for me to be ok with different opinions. Also I think its important to remember that not every day is going to be easy, lots of times I think it’s hard but you have to have the dark to see the stars so its about growing and getting stronger from these days.
Skyrunning ANZ: When times get tough in training and racing what is your “secret” to keep pushing or go faster.
Lucy: I think a lot of it has to do with my mentality and stubbornness but when things get hard in a race I always bring myself back to where I am, the people I am surrounded by and the pure joy that moving brings to me, not always fast! Also a lot of inspiration from other people fast/slow, its always in my mind!
Skyrunning ANZ: If you could run any trail or race in the world which would it be and why?
Lucy: There is so many!!! From Zegama with the atmosphere to Hardrock with the raw brutality; I couldn’t choose! However I do wish to run in Nepal someday!
A typical training week in the life of Lucy looks like this:
MONDAY: long hill reps (am) bodybalance (pm)
TUESDAY: easy run day 1h with Body Pump + core session
WEDNESDAY: mid week long tempo run with threshold work
THURSDAY: Easy run day/rest + body balance
FRIDAY: interval session + Body Pump
SATURDAY: Park run!! With some extra hilly running after + hilly cycle to the market
SUNDAY: long run day 2/3/4h depending on the terrain and the legs feelings