After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
I'm extremely proud and grateful for the things I have already accomplishments, but I have yet to fully accomplish my dreams and goals. I like to think that to be successful you have to be thankful for the blessing but always hungry for more. With that being said, I still continue running because I have yet to call myself an Olympic Medalist, a signed professional athlete or the Canadian 100 meter record holder. So every day I am pushing myself so that one day I can cross that all off my list!
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
I definitely do have those days when I don't feel like getting out of bed and going to practice. But then I think to myself about my competitors and how the girl who will be next to my lane. She got off her butt and trained, so you have to as well if you want to beat her and be the best. I also think of how grateful I am to be in this sport and fortunate enough to be healthy to run because there are people who wish they could be in my position sometimes, so why should I complain?
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
Because I'm a short sprinter, I don't run miles. Maybe in the base season where we have to get in shape and the most I'd run for a long jog is 2.8 miles. But for practice I train 5 days a week for approximately 4 to 5 hours a day.
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
I think I'm one of the very few athletes to accidentally kick myself while running, stumble, causing me to dip/stop myself from falling for a total of 10 meters long!
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
My favorite drink for electrolytes is Gatorade or Biosteel's Pre Performance. For us athletes protein is essential for recovery so I also take a whey protein called Immunocal and also Biosteel's Advance Recovery Formula.
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
I have a problem of occasionally overdosing on chips, chicken wings and fries on my cheat days! Hardly ever does a bag of chips last more than a day in my house.
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
Ice baths for me are a love/hate relationship. I hate when I have to take them, but I can tolerate the cold pretty well and I love how recovered my legs feel the next day.
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
Being one of the youngest athletes in my training group, I have learned that in any race you have to go into that race mentality strong believing that you can and will win. You train everyday just like the others, so believe in what you train for. As hard as it is, try not to put older or more experienced athletes on a pedestal because you mentally already accept defeat. Anything can happen, someone can have a bad day or you could just have a really good day. Therefore, give it all you have and run, jump or throw to the best of your abilities because at the end of the day you have nothing to lose, they do. Use that as motivation and if it doesn't happen as soon as you would like, then be patient. You're time will come. Be sure to train hard otherwise you are only cheating yourself. You have to be an athlete on and off the track, so eating healthy and sleeping at night for recovery is ABSOLUTELY important for success. But most importantly HAVE FUN!
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
Just last month, I crossed the finish line with a baton in my hand in line in 3rd place at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. My 4x100 meter relay team and I jumped for joy as we won a bronze medal in front of our home country and I celebrated my first international medal. That was by far the best experience because I got to have my friends and family cheering and watching me compete and the Canadian crowd was so amazingly loud and supportive!
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