My Interview With Track and Field Olympic Sprinter and Gold Medalist Allyson Felix
I had the incredible opportunity to interview Gold Medalist Allyson Felix at the Bounty Quicker Picker Upper Games where (adorable) kid participants tried to beat the clock and partake in track-themed activities related to spills. I was CRAZY excited because a) HELLO FOUR GOLD MEDALS #slay and b) I was ready to hear about the partnership with Bounty that would benefit kids!
How are you mentally preparing for the games?
For me a lot of mental preparation happens in every day practice and in every day life, so just making sure that I am focused and using techniques I’ve used in the past like visualization just to make me tough. You are always going to have distractions and things coming up so you want to make sure you are tuned into what you are doing.
How long have you been sprinting?
So I started sprinting what I was in high school, my freshman year, but I have been in a professional for 12 years, quite sometime.
How did you know that this is what you wanted to do forever?
It’s funny because when I was younger I was into all different sports and I was really active as a kid. I started running track during my freshman year when I was at a brand new school just to meet some new kids–I didn’t have any idea that I was going to love to run–when I started out I realized that I have this passion for it and by the end of high school I realized that this might be my thing.
I write for millennial moms and women who try to find ways to fit in fitness.We have young kids, we are super busy, it’s hard for us to get things done, so I was curious–what is your training regimen?
Currently I am training for about 5 hours a day. I am on the track for about 2-3 hours and that would be the place where I do the bulk of my work whether it’s speed work or more volume. I take a break and then I go to the gym, for about an hour and a half to two hours. Olympic lifts, and plyometrics and all that good stuff.
What kind of cross training do you do?
I actually really don’t do too much cross training. I’ll take a month completely off for rest. Rest is important and refreshing yourself is important and it applies to everyone not just professionals in the business–just the everyday woman. You need time for yourselves and you need a break. It’s good to just step away for a second.
Agreed! As far as your track work is concerned do you workout on a indoor or outdoor track?
I work on an outdoor track year round. I train in Los Angeles so we are outside in good weather pretty much all the time.
We are about 100 days out from the games, are you feeling nervous? Are you feeling ready?
I’m definitely feeling excited. Our Olympic trials are about a month before the games so that is a bit nerve wracking to have to have it so late, but I am feeling good with the plan that we have and our training plan.
How do you meal plan for getting into top shape? I write about this a lot because we are all so busy that we are often shoveling in whatever we can get our hands on. So I’m just curious about how do you meal plan to get into optimal shape?
Thats the key thing–it doesn’t really matter who you are or what you are doing the bottom line is that its not that we don’t want to eat healthy but rather when you don’t have any time it’s what ever is there. So just at the beginning of the week, planning things out, making sure you have enough for every meal–all I have to do is grab the meal out of the fridge or make a salad on the go. Finding that time to make the meal is the most important.
Do you make your own meals?
Sometimes I have some help.
Can you tell us about your support system at home?
I think my support system is just as important as everything that I’m doing, its HUGE and I rely on them so much! I have an amazing family amazing friends, and all the way to work things like managers and doctors–everyone really has their area of expertise and it’s really just a team effort. There is just a lot of help along the way and it’s not just me out there.
I know you are in Track and Field but what are your other favorite Olympic Games?
As far as olympics, my first love is basketball. At the Olympics I have always loved gymnastics, there is just something about it that has always fascinated me.
It’s beautiful and so cool to watch. It’s always what I’m dialed into at the games.
Tell me about the Bounty Partnership!
I’m excited about this partnership because it simply makes sense–The Quick Picker Upper–and I’m quick, so it works. I’m excited about the initiative that they have that is on social media where people can tweet quick tips. All they have to do is come up with a quick tip–My Quick Tip: I have a yorkie, she’s 10 years and she’s kinda messy so my quick tip is to take a paper towel and place it under her water bowl and it picks up any spills.
So if people tweet their Quick Tip with the hashtag #quicktip and @Bounty, Bounty will donate $1 for each tip to a community Olympic development program. Just the things that they are doing here today at the Quick Picker Upper games is just and so positive and a great positive partnership for me as well.
Thank you so much Allyson!
Will you be rooting on Allyson in the 2016 Olympics? Do you meal plan? What does YOUR support system look like?