Lee Brightside Coaching with Mum and Sister

Welcome to Meet a Mover Monday! Everyone has a story, and each week we will introduce you to one of our OpMovers so you can learn a little bit about theirs. We are all at different stages of our journeys, but we all started in the same place.

We’re beginning the series by sharing the stories of the Operation Move exec team. These are the women working away at course development, site content, and of course supporting our community across our various platforms.

This week, say hi to Lee. 


Who are you?

Hi, I’m Lee.

I am a partner of one, mum to two domestic terrorists aged 6 and 3, daughter, sister, friend, life coach, social worker, coffee drinker, wine lover, gluten free (coeliac) eater, runner, yoga fan, cycling beginner, ex-basketballer, self care advocate and practical idealist.

I am a wannabe ultra runner and triathlete.


When did you start running and why?

I’m pretty sure when I started running three years ago, it was because of a mid-life crisis. I had just turned forty and our second child was six months old. I’d had a lot of issues adjusting to motherhood and I hadn’t managed any regular exercise since before our eldest child was born. Prior to motherhood I had always been active in one way or another and I just felt this urge to start running.

I think that starting running was about me taking some of me back.


What is your favourite distance?

That is a really hard question as different distances offer different things to me.

For a training run it depends on my mood. An 8-10k tempo run can be really energizing and a 10-15k long easy can be really relaxing. It depends on what I need at the time.

For an event, nothing would beat the buzz and terror of lining up at the starting line of a marathon. I loved the mental challenge and if I’m honest, the sense of amazement at my own gutsiness and that of those around me.

My body (and family) love 10ks and half marathons lots more. They feel a lot more fun and don’t take over your entire life like full marathons do.


Top 3 must have gear:

I promise I’m not copying Emily, but I love my Moving Comfort Juno bra and Rundies. Having those foundation garments sorted is essential.

Good quality tights. I prefer capri length. I am happy to wear cheap K-Mart tops (some of which are awesome by the way) but I can’t scrimp on tights. I currently love my Nike Epic running tights.

Spibelt. I have two, a single and a double. I mostly use the single to hold my phone and some tissues. I use the double when I am doing longer runs and need to carry some Gus as well as my phone. I’ve even run with a little water bottle in one the pockets. They are super stretchy.


Fave post run fuel?

If it’s less than 10k I would just have a pint of half juice, half water.

If it’s more than that and a meal is more than 60 minutes away I might have a banana smoothie with a tablespoon of quinoa or chia.

Or an enormous flat white with 2 sugars.


What do you listen to when you run?

On long runs I listen to podcasts – from Ted X talks, to Another Mother Runner, to an assortment of ABC radio podcasts. Whatever, I feel like at the time. Last Wednesday on my 12k run I listened to several Ted X talks. I bawled three times. I’m not kidding.

If I’m doing speed work I tend to not listen to anything so I don’t get distracted. If it’s a tempo run or a race I’ll listen to music, usually a Rock My Run mix.


Tech lover or naked runner?

Lover! I always run with a Garmin and Strava going. I have also recently started using a heart rate monitor.

I occasionally use the Zombie Run app for an interesting Fartlek session. Having a GPS recording all my runs so I can see how far I’ve run and how much I have improved has been really motivating.


Words of wisdom to new runners?

Start from the outset with injury prevention and running longevity in mind. Learning to run and running in general is a very fine balance between doing enough so that you gain endurance and strength, and not doing too much to soon so that you get injured. Slow progress is better than having to take time out due to injury. Listen to your body.


I wish I could…….

Run the New York marathon. Run a 25 minute 5k. Run a 55 minute 10k. Run a 2:05:00 half marathon. Swim (so I can get my triathlon on).


I am most proud of…

My consistency. Apart from a handful of weeks, I have run at least twice a week for the last three years.

I’m also particularly proud of my second half marathon that I ran a week after my father died last year. He was a sportsman himself and a massive support to me and my siblings. He would have been very proud that day. It’s still my half PB.


Zoey Dowling

Written by: operationmove

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  1. Thanks for the inspiration Lee !!!! Good luck for your future runs and triathlon. Have a wonderful day ! Me xox

    • Thanks Linda! You inspired me remember! x

  2. Loved reading this Lee. Some great messages and also touching to read about your incredibly special half ........ and you can share my Rundies any time love xx

    • You can share my body glide if I can share your Rundies. x

  3. Zoey Dowling

    Lee you are amazing. I love that there's such a story behind your running.

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