So I have been getting a lot of questions on how professional athletes make the Olympic Team. So I decided to do a blog dedicated to what it will take for me to make the 2016 Olympic Team! I will go over the Olympic entry standards, the U.S. Olympic Trials, and what I have to do to make the team. Don’t worry, I still have advice for young athletes and workout tips. 🙂
Now it is not about making a team for me anymore, it’s about being competitive on the World stage. I don’t just want to make the National team, I want to be focused, confident and be at my best.
I hope you are all having a wonderful and blessed Sunday!
Now let’s jump right in! This week was a great week on the track! We finished up our first cycle so it was a recovery week. We even had Saturday off! Yes, typically we practice Monday – Saturday. Anyways, this week I was focused on being consistent especially during our long running workouts. While I, of course, want to be consistent with everything, I put an emphasis on my longer workouts this week. I am accustomed to running myself into shape and by that I mean running (almost) as hard as I can every rep until I run out of gas. The consequence of that is I do well on some reps and end up jogging random reps or the last few; making me very inconsistent. My new coach however does not believe in “slugging around the track”. He pulled me to the side last week and said if I couldn’t handle the reps he would put me with the group that does shorter reps with less recovery. Continue reading Focusing on Consistency
Egle Staisiunaite is a Lithuanian 400 meter Olympic hurdler. Her track accomplishments include competing at 2012 London Olympic Games, making semifinals at European Championship in 2012 and 2014, and finishing 22-nd at 2015 World Championships! She started running track when she was 13 years old and fell in love with the sport ever since. She is one of my amazing training partners here in Phoenix! She was graciously agreed to be featured on my blog!!
How was the 2012 Olympic experience? Continue reading Featuring Olympian Egle Staisiunaite!!
I’m going to format my post so that I give you an update on practice, advice to young athletes, and tips for the average person. I have each section in bold.
I just finished my second week of practice. The first week was what they call an “introduction” week and even though it was supposed to be mild, everyone in the group would agree it was anything but mild. Everyone was sore!!! Especially me, because as you know I haven’t trained since last year. This week was even more intense with timed runs that equaled about 300 – 600 meters on the track. This was a great opportunity to see what kind of shape I am actually in and how far I have to go. To my surprise, I am not too far off. 🙂 But I still have a ways to go. Continue reading Weight Room Update, Advice, and Tips
Just wanted to give you guys an update on what’s been going on in my life the past few weeks. As you may know from a previous post, I decided to get new furniture for my apartment. In the previous post, I had pictures of want I thought I wanted to get and of course just like a female I changed my mind lol I ended up getting a bedroom set and new bedding that is gorgeous! I also bought a couch. And picked up a coffee table, t.v. stand, dining table, and bookcase from ikea. I am very pleased with the result 🙂 Once I have everything in order, I’ll post pictures. I still have to get paintings, window dressings, another small bookcase, and other things but I love the way my apartment is looking now. Before it had a college feel to it but now it is grown and sexy lol
Anywho, while I was trying to assemble all of my ikea purchases, I was moving the door to my bookcase out of the way and somehow ended up dropping it on my foot! Ouch! I bruised it pretty bad 😦 I took about a week off from training because I was in pain whenever I put a lot of pressure on it.
Yesterday was my first day back at practice and I decided to practice with the team (most of the time I practice by myself because of my busy schedule). Because of my foot my coach and I decided to have me go longer. 800 breakdown 600/200 split. I ran the first 600 feeling really good and really pushing the last 200. I was well ahead of the girls I was running with and felt like maybe I was running too fast but since I only had one I just went with it. When I ran the 200, I really went for it and gave it everything I had left! I felt really great at the end and thought I had completed a solid workout. To my dismay, I was then informed that we had another rep! :O I had killed my legs on the first rep!!! Needless to say the second 600 was a very ugly sight My legs were completely dead and I was wayyyy behind the pack. Fortunately, I pulled it together for the second 200 and finished only a second slower than the first.
So, the lesson for the day was “Always know your workout, so you can plan accordingly” lol I won’t be making that mistake again lol I hope all is well with you guys! Stay tuned for my updates and stay blessed 😀