Running Hot: Lisa Tamati athlete profile

by Jul 30, 2015Running a half-marathon, Training for a Half-Marathon0 comments

There’s nothing more inspiring than reading about our fellow fearless females.

If you’ve read some of my other posts, you’ll know I live in New Zealand, so who better to running hot lisa tamatiintroduce you to in my first athlete profile than a fellow kiwi woman. This is someone I’ve admired for a few years now, someone who inspires others and works hard.

Let me introduce to you to…. Lisa Tamati.

Who is Lisa?

Lisa is a woman of many talents (including jewelry designer and entrepreneur), but she is best known for her ultra distance running.

She doesn’t just race them though, she often runs for charity, or to raise awareness for various causes.

Over the last 20 years, Lisa has built a long and impressive CV of races, including multiple appearances at the infamous Badwater trail run in the USA, which is known as “the world’s toughest footrace”.

She’s run the length of New Zealand, and done so many other amazing races it makes me tired just thinking about it! I love half marathons, I’d imagine this would be half a training run for Lisa.

She’s overcome adversity

Lisa has been an asthmatic since she was a small child, and has often said that she is always working against her small lung capacity.

She also suffered a back injury 20 years ago: she fractured 2 vertebrae when she fell off her bicycle, and was told she would never run again. Lisa has ongoing pain from this every single day, but she pushes through it and credits her training to actually being part of how she manages her back.

Either one of these things would be enough to make many runners hang up their shoes, but not Lisa. When asked why she runs, she’s said it provides her with the best balance between mind, body and soul.

I can really relate to this. It often feels like a run does more for your state of mind than it does for your body. I come up with some of my best ideas on a run, and it can be the best way to clear my head.

She describes herself as having no natural talent

But I’d disagree. I’d say her almost super-human ability to grit it out through some really tough challenges is a very special talent. Lisa may claim to not be the fastest female runner that ever lived, but I’d challenge you to find one that’s more determined.

As you might imagine, Lisa has some very interesting stories to tell from all her years on the trails, and many experiences to share. She has written several books (one of them, Running Hot, is pictured above) and offers coaching services (if you’re lucky enough to live near her in the North Island of New Zealand).

If you want to find out more about Lisa, I highly recommend you spend a bit more time reading on her website, the link is here.

Is there a female runner you’d like me to research and profile? Drop me a comment and I’ll see what I can do 🙂


Your running buddy,


half marathon girl

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