Harriet Smith

Harriet Smith

Harriet is a runner, teacher and student physiotherapist. Born and raised and on the Surf Coast of Victoria she currently studies in Sydney but loves to return home whenever she can.

Harriet grew up competing in surf lifesaving using running for off season fitness. She was in high school when a friend invited her to join a distance running group, having never trained with any sort of program before she quickly learned (the hard way) the importance of pacing, and that a whole lot of running is convincing yourself that your body is capable of a lot more than your mind is telling you. This experience, shared with a bunch of like-minded, fellow runners made her fall in love with the sport and the honest process it takes to lace up every day and put in the effort. She keeps running because she finds that putting one foot in front of the other is the best way to put life’s stressors aside for a moment, be completely in the present, and spend some time quality in the outdoors. In her spare time, if she isn’t running you can probably find her surfing.

Harriet has represented Australia at both the World Long and Short Course Mountain Running Championships, won the Sunshine Coast Half Marathon, and competed as an NCAA D1 student-athlete in the USA for Cross Country/Track. She has posted times of 17.39 (5km) 3:02 (marathon), her passion lies in trail racing and she takes every opportunity to compete off road.

Harriet is a USATF coach (Level 1) and Vinyasa yoga instructor. Her studies and personal experience have made her appreciate the effort and -often at times- struggles that are involved in staying healthy and injury free. She believes that having a structured and enjoyable program is the key to consistent, long term improvements in running and is looking forward to working with others, whether they are seasoned runners or just starting on their journey.