dailymiler of the week – Leeanne F.

Every week we pick one inspiring dailymiler to be featured on the blog. This gives you a chance to learn the stories of members of the dailymile community. Check out past dailymiler’s of the week. Do you know someone that would be a great dailymiler? Nominate them!

The fact that Leeanne Field dreams of hiring a Winnebago and heading off with her husband and dogs to run around Australia tells you something about the kind of woman this Yorkshire-born woman living in Queensland is. Tough. Adventurous. Rugged like the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains she loves to run.

Though she’s done most of the Trail Running Association of Queensland’s (TRAQ) events since starting to run just two years ago, Leeanne would likely blush at this description of her. “As a middle aged Mum, I struggle to see myself as an athlete,” she says humbly. Even so, most would protest her self-critique.

In addition to the TRAQ races, Leeanne has run the Gold Coast Half Marathon, a local 10K and the Susan G. Komen 5K which she ran with her daughter in Newport Beach while on vacation in the States. “We ran to honor her grandmother who died from breast cancer,” Field states. It was a very personal moment.

Last September, the Queenslander ran a trail ultramarathon. It was supposed to be 52K, but she got lost somewhere along the way and ended up with nearly 60K under her belt. “It took me nearly eight hours,” she admits, “but I was so proud to have done it.”

If pushed, Field will admit she might be an athlete of sorts. “I go nutty if I can’t run,” she confesses. She describes the feeling that running brings with words like absolute joy and freedom. She loves the physical and mental strength she’s gained, the confidence that’s grown in her.

Leeanne is pleased that her example has rubbed off on her daughter. “She runs with me sometimes,” Leeanne says. “She has said she wants to run until the age of 75!” The idea that running just might add years to her life, years that she can spend with her daughter and hoped for grandchildren, puts a smile on Field’s face.

And so early in the morning on many a day, early enough to beat the worst of the hot, humid Queensland weather, Leeanne drags her often protesting body and mind around a race route or down a trail. “I’m not really a morning person,” she acknowledges, “but you can’t beat the feeling of having done a run before 7:00am and enjoying the endorphins for the rest of the day!”

The Winnebago dream is still alive. It’ll happen someday. Field will make it and her other dreams – attending a Jeff Galloway retreat in Tahoe and crewing for a friend at the Western States 100 – come about in time. You can bet on it!

About Mike N

Mike Neifert is an avid runner and cyclist who lives on the plains of Kansas. He works out mostly in the early morning hours before the sun comes up. He drags his wife and kids along on runs and rides whenever he can. He's run a 50K, but not a marathon. He wants to ride 200 miles in a day sometime soon and plans to run 100 miles in less than 24 hours in November 2012.
This entry was posted in community, dailymileroftheweek. Bookmark the permalink.

facebook comments:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>