A fan of sports since an early age, Lesley grew up playing rugby in Scotland. Her can do attitude found it’s calling in the world of Xterra, which she has dominated for close to a decade. Off the track, Lesley is an author and screen writer living in California (ironically, also the birthplace of triathlon).
How did you start running? With my dad over the hills and mountains of Scotland.
Why do you run now? It feels freeing. Its my favorite sport because you just get up, put your shoes on and go. No fuss and you can be at one with nature and go places other people can’t go!
What has been the most important race you’ve run to date?
Xterra World Champs 2012 when I won. It was confirmation that under pressure, I was that good of an athlete (as I was defending my title).
What is your pre-race ritual? I like to have an Epsom-Salts bath the night before a big race. I stretch, relax and then watch a motivational video like Gladiator or Braveheart!
What do you think about while running? I dream up new script ideas. I’m a writer/producer of films so I’m always thinking about new ideas! However, if I’m on trails, I sometimes fall over because I get so entrenched in the new ideas!
What is your go to training meal? White rice, salmon and green peas
What song is your go to for the run? It changes all the time but generally some kind of dance/techno Morgan Page song!
Who is your “team”? My hubby Simon, my training buddies – Tammy and Brandon, my writing partner Ian and my mum and dad.
What is your passion next to endurance sports? Writing and film producing.
Who would you be if you weren’t a professional athlete? An Oscar winning writer-producer.
What does no one tell you about being a professional athlete? How not every session feels good. In fact, most feel crap until you start to taper!
What was the best piece of running advice you ever received? Relax and let your body move through space naturally. Don’t fight it.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps? Hard work and perseverance. Never give up!
Why On? Because the shoes are springy, energetic and dynamic. You put them on and they just work with your body.