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My Interview With Track and Field Olympic Sprinter and Gold Medalist Allyson Felix

by Nellie

My Interview With Track and Field Olympic Sprinter and Gold Medalist Allyson Felix

Olympic Sprinter and Gold Medalist Allyson Felix met with a local youth track team during the ÒBounty 2016 Quicker Picker Upper GamesÓ event on Thursday April 28, 2016 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/AP Images for Bounty)

Olympic Sprinter and Gold Medalist Allyson Felix met with a local youth track team during the Bounty 2016 Quicker Picker Upper Games event on Thursday April 28, 2016 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/AP Images for Bounty)

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!

Winners of the ÒBounty 2016 Quicker Picker Upper GamesÓ event showed they could clean up messes in award-winning time Thursday April 28, 2016 in New York. Throughout the Olympic Games, Bounty is encouraging everyone to get involved online by sharing their Òquick tipsÓ for cleaning spills and messes with Bounty in record time. For every #quicktip tweet shared with @Bounty, they will donate $1 to Community Olympic Development Programs. (Photo by Amy Sussman/AP Images for Bounty)

Winners of the Bounty 2016 Quicker Picker Upper Games event showed they could clean up messes in award-winning time Thursday April 28, 2016 in New York. Throughout the Olympic Games, Bounty is encouraging everyone to get involved online by sharing their quick tips for cleaning spills and messes with Bounty in record time. For every #quicktip tweet shared with @Bounty, they will donate $1 to Community Olympic Development Programs. (Photo by Amy Sussman/AP Images for Bounty)

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.

[Tweet “Olympic Gold Medalist @AllysonFelix Chats Training Plans, Meal Planning & #Rio2016 #Olympics”]

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.

Attendees of the Bounty 2016 Quicker Picker Upper Games event raced against the clock to clean up messes and spills in record time with the help of Bounty on Thursday April 28, 2016 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/AP Images for Bounty)

Attendees of the Bounty 2016 Quicker Picker Upper Games event raced against the clock to clean up messes and spills in record time with the help of Bounty on Thursday April 28, 2016 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/AP Images for Bounty)

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.

Procter & Gamble (P&G) representative Victoria Schooler and Olympic Sprinter and Gold Medalist Allyson Felix welcome attendees to the ÒBounty 2016 Quicker Picker Upper GamesÓ event, on Thursday April 28, 2016 in New York. The event invited attendees to join Team Quicker Picker Upper and compete in fun and messy activities. (Photo by Amy Sussman/AP Images for Bounty)

Procter & Gamble (P&G) representative Victoria Schooler and Olympic Sprinter and Gold Medalist Allyson Felix welcome attendees to the ÒBounty 2016 Quicker Picker Upper GamesÓ event, on Thursday April 28, 2016 in New York. The event invited attendees to join Team Quicker Picker Upper and compete in fun and messy activities. (Photo by Amy Sussman/AP Images for Bounty)

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.

Me too.

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.

Attendees engaged in friendly competition with the Run & Roll Relay at the "Bounty 2016 Quicker Picker Upper Games" event on Thursday April 28, 2016 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/AP Images for Bounty)

Attendees engaged in friendly competition with the Run & Roll Relay at the “Bounty 2016 Quicker Picker Upper Games” event on Thursday April 28, 2016 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/AP Images for Bounty)

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!

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Will you be rooting on Allyson in the 2016 Olympics? Do you meal plan? What does YOUR support system look like?

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10 comments

CARLA May 4, 2016 - 5:33 am

I almost find it MOST interesting she takes a month off for resting.
So wise.
So smart.
SO SOMETHING we rarely hear from pros and regular people…

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Kris walters May 4, 2016 - 5:53 am

I’m a huge summer Olympic junkie and track & field is my favorite! Very cool interview. A month off to rest is interesting. She is a very wise lady!

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Janine HulDie May 4, 2016 - 6:10 am

What a wonderful interview and loved getting to know Allyson better here today, because of it. Thanks for sharing, Nellie 😉

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Allie May 4, 2016 - 6:18 am

SWOON!!!!! She is amazing in every way and I love, love, love the part about taking time to rest. No wonder she has been so successful – she is super smart. Great interview Nellie!

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Kimberly G May 4, 2016 - 7:57 am

What a great interview! I have always loved her and her advice was spot on!

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Hope May 4, 2016 - 8:59 am

So Awesome! Great interview questions Nelly. I enjoyed learning more about Allyson and the Bounty initiative. Those kids are so cute.

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Tamara May 4, 2016 - 1:07 pm

I’m a bit of a sprinter. I’m in love with the idea that you can do it professionally.
I love your questions, Nellie! You have a knack for them.

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kita May 5, 2016 - 12:45 am

Love this interview. I use to pay so much attention to the Olympic but these days I haven’t. I know what it means to not have any time and you eat what’s there. With swimming and boxing for the kids I hardly have time to cook and it sucks

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Leslie May 9, 2016 - 9:59 pm

Wow, a MONTH long break. That’s pretty incredible. I definitely agree that taking rest breaks are necessary. So looking forward to the games later this summer!

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TAMIEKA June 17, 2016 - 6:34 pm

Totally cool!!

Love me some track and field. Those runners are so strong and so fast and so beautifully feminine! !

I need to improve my meal prep but when I do…I do it well.

My husband, my kids, my girlfriend. ..best support system around!

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