#BawBawRunner Profile – Lea Naismith

1. Name: Lea Skye Naismith


2. When did you first start running? Grade 5 – We used to run around the oval for sport and then map it on a map of Australia, like a collective version of Run Down Under and then would research the towns we would pass. I was the best girl in the class at something so that felt nice.  


3. What is the best part of running for you? To be better than I was yesterday. I only compete against myself. To learn each time I run.


4. Do you run with a watch, phone or naked? $10 Stopwatch on my wrist and phone with Strava


5. What can’t you run without? Music and if I don’t have music I sing when I run. 


6. What is your most memorable run? Anything that teaches me something new, usually on a trail as I have a silly grin for most of my run – I love being around trees, it makes me smile. 


7.Have you ever run in a costume? For Warragul parkruns first and second birthdays, yes. 


8. What brand of shoes do you run in? Asics seem to be the best for my feet


9. Have you ever been injured? Yes, at netball, pinched nerve and I couldn’t feel my leg from the quad down for 3 days, also Plantar Fasciitis is my current issue


10.Do you prefer running in Hot or cold weather? Cold – you can always warm up, if you start warm then it’s harder to cool down


11. Do you prefer running in the Morning or at night? Morning, then it’s done and I can get to the rest of my day (unless I need a nap which doesn’t get my work done)


12. What is your running motivation? Knowing that I am fitter and healthier for my family, bragging rights, working through a running plan (Asics half marathon plan is working for me at the moment)


13. Race I’d like to forget: Marysville half marathon, a tough one that I thought I had trained enough for, turns out I didn’t, beautiful scenery and mini family holiday but needed so many rest breaks I could have walked it faster, almost. Didn’t help waking at 4am. I don’t tend to sleep well before an event. I’m getting better sleep the night before parkrun though which is nice.


14. Favourite post run food: CHOCOLATE


15. Do you prefer running along the Flat or hills? I don’t hate hills as much as I used to but enjoy trails over flat, even if I am a lot slower.


16. Do you prefer to run alone or with a partner or group (BawBawRunners): Alone helps when I can just get up and go and not rely on anyone but myself but being in a group helps me run faster, longer and helps me learn. Depends what I want out of a run, I learn either way which is fun. Also if I run by myself I have more time to think and less time to talk. I talk too much when in a group and don’t always concentrate on breathing or conserving energy when I need to – Occupational hazard I suppose. I’m a social welfare worker/Counsellor at a primary school when I don’t run which I love but I do tend to talk a lot


17. What’s the next event on you running calendar? Traralgon half with my husband, who is a new enthusiast to running. Looking forward to my first half event that is on flat ground, not trails. 


18. What’s your running dream? To be able to do this for the next 30+ years, to continue to help bring parkrun to Warragul with the help of a great core team, volunteers each week and participants who are supportive and encouraging. To continue to surround myself with positive people. 


19. Do you have any Pre-race routines? (night before or morning of) When I wear my Running Mums tops I feel I have to earn them so I usually see what my morning is like (whether I need to do something for/with the kids before leaving for an early run) before deciding what running top I will wear. The night before I plan my run so that it is interesting for me and I get what I need out of a run (hills, distance, speed) and get my race kit ready including recharging my phone. The morning of I make sure I strap any injuries and tape any sore spots. I try not to check the weather so that I don’t chicken out. 


20. What is your typical night before the big run meal? Pasta with mushroom sauce


21. What’s the farthest you’ve ever run at one time? 21km last month as a training run. Hoping for the same again on Sunday at Traralgon