Lesley Higgins (LHiggs)


New York City

About LHiggs:

Former competitive fast-pitch softball player and dancer turned steeplechaser with a best finish of 2nd in the NCAA mile and a finalist in the 2008 Olympic Trials 3000m steeplechase. Powered by the New York Athletic Club and Brooks ID.

LHiggs's Favorite Sports:

Swim, Running, Cross Country, Softball, Track & Field, Dance

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Olympic Adventures: women's beach volleyball gold medal match
posted on August 8, 2012 at 8:43pm

I'm going to state the obvious and first say that it was great to see an all-USA final in women's beach volleyball. The downside was not caring who won. It would have honestly been more fun to see one US team in each match.   Instead, I found myse...more

Olympic adventures: Event Days 2, 3 and 4
posted on August 7, 2012 at 5:54am

I finally have some downtime after a whirlwind of Olympic events. No one could accuse us of wasting our time here! Over the last few days we have seen rowing, the women's triathlon, the bronze medal men's singles and doubles badminton (which I finally kno...more

Olympic adventures: Event day 1
posted on August 2, 2012 at 1:30pm

  A quick intro & then soccer football!  A year ago after a long drawn out three weeks spent mostly in Belgium, near the end of which  I vowed never to spend that long a stretch of time in Europe again, I made the decision to pre-pay ...more

NCAA D1 Cross-Country Championships: Reid Defends Individual Title, Georgetown Stuns
posted on November 21, 2011 at 2:47pm

The women’s NCAA D1 XC Championships race was a great follow-up to a pretty boring men’s race, which featured a lot of footage of Arizona’s Lawi Lalang running alone. Silje Fjortoft of SMU tried to replicate Lalang’s domination, except she attempt...more

NCAA D1 XC Championships Preview
posted on November 21, 2011 at 8:34am

When: Monday, November 21st, noon ET. Watch live HERE Let me start by saying that I put very little stock in the official rankings in XC. So much can happen. Teams usually go in with a solid five runners, and someone inevitably has a bad day. It’s reall...more

Shoe review - Brooks PureConnect
posted on September 7, 2011 at 9:45am

  P.S. They are great for running on the beach! ...more

Quick Thursday morning IAAF World Champs recap
posted on September 1, 2011 at 1:42pm

First, I must start with the most dramatic competition of the day, at least from the perspective of this female living in the US. There was no doubt that my hopes of a US medal in the 1500m was riding on Morgan Uceny. Uceny was holding a #2 world ranking ...more

Quick Monday morning IAAF World Champs recap
posted on August 29, 2011 at 2:01pm

It was an exciting Monday morning for me, rising relatively early (though not as early as my compatriots on the west coast), to catch the evening competition on the other side of the world in Daegu, South Korea. The first women’s final on the schedule, ...more

Racing in Europe Part 5: old PR demons
posted on August 15, 2011 at 5:52pm

Part Four here One of the hardest parts about being in Europe for an extended period of time is being around people who don't want to be there. Nothing is much more of a buzz kill than excitedly landing in Europe at the start of your stint and listening ...more

Racing in Europe Part 4: the slow down
posted on August 10, 2011 at 3:51pm

Part Three here Germany sounded boring. Germany was not boring. Leuven was when things started to get boring.  On my first day in Europe, I was lucky to run into another athlete, Canadian 1500m runner Malindi Elmore, who introduced me to the ...more

Racing in Europe Part 3: reboot
posted on August 8, 2011 at 11:24am

Part 2 Here After nine blissful hours of sleep, I woke up to sunshine and the anticipation of the next part of my journey. Kim, unfortunately, did not sleep well after her late-night 5000m race and had been subjected to listening to me sleep for most of ...more

Racing in Europe Part 2: arriving is winning
posted on August 3, 2011 at 8:44am

Go back to Part One I refer to myself as a fake professional runner. This is because maybe 1-2% of my income comes from running, but it takes up closer to 75% of my time and energy. My real job is as a political consultant. My area of expertise is campai...more

Racing in Europe Part 1: the backstory
posted on July 31, 2011 at 11:23am

I am sitting in a McDonalds (free wifi) watching some sort of festival building in the square in Leuven, Belgium. I am, for the most part, bored out of my mind. I have used 44% of my iPad battery today, mostly checking Facebook, clearing out my inbox, che...more

Chia - Athlete Nutrition Brought to You by a Female Business Owner
posted on May 26, 2011 at 4:39pm

For the last several months, I have been sampling a new product - Chia Chargers. The product was designed around the Chia seed, but is also packed with a lot of other great stuff. From their website: Chia seed facts - The chia plant (Salvia hispanica), so...more

Run for the Rabbit / NYC Running Show
posted on April 29, 2011 at 7:50am

Last Friday I attended JackRabbit’s first NYC Running Show. It was a pretty good concept, nicely executed, and I hope they continue to do it annually. There were larges booths for all the different vendors, staffed with representatives from the comp...more

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Lesley Higgins: Running Before, During and After Pregnancy

Elite track and field athlete Lesley Higgins chronicles her adventures running before, during and after having a baby.

Making my blood boil via Currently Running while Pregnant (@le_diable)
I have seen a NY Time fitness blog posted many, many times on Facebook over the last couple days and it’s making my blood boil. It’s essentially about how a woman’s stride changes after pregnancy. it studied “a handful” of wo...[Read on]
Currently but not always running pregnant: What? They don’t make contoured bib #s? ( via @le_diable)
I know I said I wasn’t running anymore races, but I am notoriously fickle, and this race isn’t really a race-race, just a sort-a-race. I mentioned this little race-ish in my last blog post, but it was near the bottom so you might ha...[Read on]
Minion’s first uniform and other stuff via @Le_diable
Back in January my amazingly paternal baby daddy came up with a great suggestion that we turn all of our old race shirts into onsies. This seemed brilliant, except that I didn’t have a sewing machine, nor have I sewn anything for the last ~20 years....[Read on]
I want an Olympic baby (via @le_diable)
Too much to ask? Here’s the thing: there are all kinds of studies that say that drinking 200mg of caffeine is “fine.” They say that there have been no birth defects from studies of women who consumed this amount during pregnancy. This i...[Read on]
Currently running while pregnant: Minion’s first Half Marathon (via @le_diable )
When is a half-marathon like a marathon? When two people are running it, that’s when. Not that the actual race was any harder than a normal half-marathon, but the last 24 hours have been pretty similar to the 24-hours following my Philadelphia Marat...[Read on]
The pregnancy symptoms I can help you out with (theoretically)-via @le_diable
I am about to throw out some very theoretical information. I am not a doctor, or a nutritionist. What I am is either very lucky to have avoided some crappy pregnancy symptoms, or very lucky to have had my ducks … Continue reading → ...[Read on]
Minion’s first race ( via @le_diable)
In my first race as a pregnant chick, I wore racing flats. I also over-dressed because NYRR put the porta-potties way too far from the starting line and the Parks Department locked the previously reliable bathrooms that are just off the starting line. Tha...[Read on]
Does a pregnant chick wear racing flats?
This is more of a dilema that it should be and it has been on my mind all week. As a way of refusing to let my running life become stagnant for the next six months, I am still entering a few races that I love and don’t think I should have to miss ju...[Read on]