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#TheFirstSecond by Lucy Bartholomew: Run on the light side

The last gesture before departure, slipping on a mask or goggles, plunges us into our ďbubbleĒ. This special, intimate moment, laden with experience and emotion, is ďThe First SecondĒ: it reveals the human factor underlying the athlete and outdoor enthusiast. Share this insider vision with Julbo...


#TheFirstSecond by Lucy Bartholomew :†[b]Run on the light side[/b]

ę†[b]When things are tough, keep smiling! Thatís the most powerful thing Iíve ever heardĽ[/b]

Lucy Bartholomew #TheFirstSecond: Run on the light side:

Lucy isnít like other athletes! With her smiling face, sheís almost the opposite of the ultratrailer focused on the battle of mind over body. She doesnít talk much about how extremely tough the races are and the fact that sheís already a regular on the podiums. Instead, Lucy has a delightfully positive and happy personality...

Is it easy to dare to go for long distance?

I did my first 100k at the age of 15, when I only knew how to run 3 hours with my Dad. I was so surprised to see him in tears at the finish line, so proud of me... It was cool to feel so good, so strong! And the next day Iíd become a superstar at school! I didnít drink in the evenings, I went to bed early, I was happy to be called ďgrandma!Ē I dreamed of being Emelie Forsberg, because she smiles when she runs!

ďEven when things are tough at the time, keep smiling, that will help you copeĒ: thatís the most powerful thing Iíve ever heard. Itís a useful lesson in running and in life. Smiling allows you to give the best of yourself...

I was living in the city in Melbourne, and on my first trail I felt like Bambi on ice, it was a kind of surreal moment. I wasnít good so I thought: at least the only way is up! - laughs -

But you quickly started getting good results...

For me, winning isnít about getting on the podium, even if the trophies and the money are a nice bonus! Winning is about putting yourself in an uncomfortable situation, going beyond it and coming out stronger. Itís as if you needed to be in the dark to see the light, to show your dark side so that you can ultimately tell yourself: ďOK Lucy, that wasnít your best version today, and we wonít be seeing that again!Ē The race connects you with yourself, as you struggle between doubt and success. It gives you the ability to believe in yourself.

Is your positivity contagious?

Being the best version of yourself isnít about pushing yourself forward, itís about being happy and self-sufficient. People know that Iím capable of that. In a race, everyone struggles and I ask myself: how can I help them, make them laugh? So I ask them the three things theyíre grateful for: The flowers are beautiful, the sunís shining, Iím happy not to have been eaten by a bear... Itís all about changing your state of mind!

If Iíd been asked the question, at times I might have said: ďShut up and get lost!Ē - laughs - And on the starting line, I hug all the other competitors. I give them energy, and I get some back. Iím the person looking the wrong way when they fire the starting gun. - laughs - Iíve missed a few starts!

Tell us about your preparation...

I donít have a coach. I go out running for 5 minutes and sometimes I run for 5 hours; I train very intuitively. I donít have any special superstitions... I shave my legs. Weirdly, that tells me whether itís going to be a good race for me. - laughs -

Being on the starting line can be a terrifying experience. Iím ready to live the most difficult day of my life, but Iím convinced that it can also be the best!

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