Remember Lucy Bartholomew? She’s the lightning fast, watermelon-munching ultra-runner we interviewed a few months back. She’s collabed with her sock sponsor Le Bent to create a properly radical running sock. Here’s what went into it.
Lucy’s got a zest for life. Just check out her Instagram and you’ll see a mix of yoga, fresh fruit and veg and trails being absolutely destroyed without mercy (but always with a smile).
She’s a big advocate of ‘Giving it everything while keeping it fun along the way’ and anyone who’s been involved in the trail running community knows that’s the key. Running long distances is as much a mind game as a physical one so keeping the vibe right is key.
When asked what people can expect from the ‘Lucy B pro model’ her response makes this clear: ‘I hope it can join them on some strong memories, share some smiles and keep their feet comfortable and blister-free.’
Lucy actually (kinda recklessly) threw on some Le Bent socks for the first time before winning the women’s division of the 2017 Ultra Trail 100. After holding up to a flooded course without any blisters, she was sold.
So Why’s This Sock The Business?
The Lucy Bartholomew Pro Model combines Le Bent’s signature blend (wool n’ bamboo baby) with Lucy’s creativity and vibe.
‘I knew I wanted it to be colourful, a “happy sock”. The mountain used for inspiration on this sock is Mount Feathertop, which is my favourite Australian mountain.’
While Mount Feathertop forms the top of the sock, the design actually incorporates everything from the ocean to the sky, reflecting the journeys she makes when running into the mountains.
What Keeps Lucy Going?
Some athletes are super serious, and that’s fine, but Lucy isn’t one of them. She’s a big fan of taking a step back every now and then, as well as enjoying the little moments and the journey.
When asked about a ‘winning mindset and the importance of self-belief’ Lucy’s answer is simple: ‘Winning starts with believing. Believing starts with you.’
Taking a holistic approach runs through all of what Lucy does; she’s not spiritual as such, but from experience has learnt what she can and can’t control.
Her Big Tips?
Surround yourself with people who you can learn from, who inspire you, but also challenge you to find out what you’re really capable of.
Stay true to yourself, be proud of who you are, have fun and don’t let a result define you.
There’s another tip that Lucy hasn’t exactly said, but can be worked out pretty easily by watching what she gets up to every day. Get outside, do it often and appreciate life for all it’s worth.
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