After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
Knowing that I can improve. I always want to see what else I can do, like if I can improve my technique or run a faster time.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
By breaking the workout day down into smaller segments. It makes the workout seem easier than what it actually is.
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
Thankfully, as a sprinter, miles aren’t in our workout regime!
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
I lost an earring while competing. It was my only pair but fortunately there was a mall nearby so I was able to go pick up a new pair.
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
Powerade or Gatorade and water really help to get me through tough workouts. Hydration is a very important key before, during and after workouts.
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
Anything that is out of my diet. Whether that is french fries, burgers, crawfish or a piece of pie.
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
I do not. I do not like being cold and then having to sit in extremely cold water for 7 to 10 minutes at a time is not a pleasant feeling but it has to be done. Eventually your body gets used to it and it gets a little bit easier.
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
Don’t give up, keep pushing and focus on your goals. Running is not easy at all and it takes a lot of strength and energy to keep up with it. So whenever those days approach where working out doesn’t seem like it needs to be done, don’t give up and keep pushing. And always remember that everyone is different and we all have different goals, so try and be the best you that you can be and constantly try and outwork yourself. You are your only competition.
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
Running 21.8 seconds in the 200 meters! That was one of my hardest races I had ever run and I never expected to run that time.
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