City/State | Eugene, Oregon
Sport(s) | Track & Field, Cross Country — Long Distance Running!
Oregon Track Club Elite
My dad! My dad gave me my brother’s baseball glove and taught me how to throw. Later, I ran my first 5k on the same day that my dad ran his first (and only!) marathon– we are like a team!
My heroes are Deena Kastor, Joanie Benoit Samuelson, Sarah Ruhl, and my dad.
Be kind to yourself — Nobody is harder on me than me, so this advice has been very helpful to me.
After family, friends and health, sports are my number one priority.
I spend about 40 hours per week preparing, training and recovering from training.
After a long week of training, my idea of a grand Friday night is cooking a homemade meal, followed by a movie, and sleeping 10 hours that night. I like to think of the decisions I must make as an athlete as a choice rather than a sacrifice — I don’t want to miss out on late-night fun, etc, for my entire life, but I am so grateful to have the chance now to pursue my Olympic dreams as a professional runner. I feel happy to prioritize my time around running — I just try to find ways to make it fun.
Recovery and reflection! I try to sleep at least 9 hours every night and refuel properly. I have learned over years of competing and training what makes me feel good! I can always tell when I need a steak, for example.
Also, though, I am big on the mental side of the sport. I believe that racing well doesn’t happen by accident — I am very thoughtful about my race plan beforehand and also reflect afterwards so that each race fuels the next… mentally and physically! I’ve also found that visualizing success is so empowering.
Making an Olympic Team and experiencing the magic of competing in an Olympic stadium would be a dream come true.
My diet is full of red meat, fish, organic fruits and veggies, hearty bread, nut butters, olive oil, eggs, milk and… sushi! I also drink my fair share of coffee! I feel very lucky to be supported by many food sponsors — including BeetBoost! — which physically fuel me, but also expands the scope of my support team! Knowing my local butcher and coffee roaster is so special to me — I know these companies are as passionate about their food as I am about running!
I love any and all seafood or a steak with veggies. Lately, I’ve been getting crafty with brussels sprouts. I’m also a sucker for simple toast with olive oil and salt.
Run like a bravey, sleep like a baby, dream like a crazy, replace can’t with maybe, lady.
In addition to sleeping as many hours as possible and seeing my massage therapist Michael Donawa regularly, proper fuel is key for my long term health and success! I am grateful for the support of many food and recovery sponsors (many of them local to Oregon!) to help keep me strong! Recovery is about putting the right things in my body before and after practice and races. Generally, I opt for real food… things I can name and recognize — like beets! I use BeetBoost an hour before my big workouts and races, and am so excited to include beets as a part of my prerace routine!
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