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Run This World Podcast – 72 – Leslie Battle Athena Champion – Don’t Count Her Out


Leslie Battle is an advocate for women in sport, specifically Athena triathletes – women triathlon competitors who weigh no less than 165 pounds. Why? Because she is one of them. A decade ago, Leslie tipped the scale at somewhere near 300 pounds. A few events occurred that triggered her to change her life. Because she doesn’t do things partway, she decided to sign up for a half marathon with a week of training – her goal was to make the 3.5 hour cutoff. She went 3:28 and this little thing called momentum had begun. Today Leslie is one of the most accomplished Athena triathletes ever. Not only does she own seven Athena age group or overall national titles, she has been the overall female winner of many races including the East Bay 5k where she even beat all the men to win it outright! I will tell you right now that I have never won a race outright! Leslie is intense, passionate and committed to helping other women find the strength, courage and confidence she has discovered through sport.


By day, Leslie has been a corporate attorney since 1995. Type-A all the way, Leslie figured out how to change her life’s trajectory, race at the top level of amateurism and attract big time sponsors, all while maintaining her high-powered legal career. She is truly a champion of women who seek support while making their own changes. Leslie is the epitome of authentic. She celebrates her successes and doesn’t hide her failures. This magic combination makes her an inspirational yet approachable heroine for so many others.

Today we talk about:

  • Finding your tribe: The importance of feeling like you belong
  • Making a big life change: How to redefine yourself through sport
  • Girdles (You have to listen!)
  • Getting started as a couch to triathlete
  • Racing Athena!
  • Athena Triathletes (& Athena Alumnae) Facebook Group: Please request to join if you are an Athena athlete!
  • “Athena is a Mindset” – What is means to “be a mindset”
  • Positive affirmations everywhere:
    • “Everyone deserves the right to have self-esteem.”
    • “Embrace the good in life.”
    • “Don’t count yourself out.”
    • “It might not happen today. It might not happen tomorrow. But it will happen someday.”


I have to say I was caught off guard when Leslie mentioned the friend she met at a race, a friend she had for one week, a friend who was so excited to do another race, a friend who was tragically killed before she could do that next race. And it just reminded me – it drilled home – how important it is to live with that love and excitement in our hearts every day because you never know what is around the corner. To connect with Leslie, look her up on social media – she is everywhere!


And check out her awesome sponsors – I wish I had this lineup when I was racing pro! Wow!

Oofos Recovery Footwear
Honey Stinger Ambassador


All right everyone, you know what time it is. It’s time to get out there and run this world. Have a great workout and I’ll see you next week!