As an athlete, I am always trying to find ways to improve. And by improve, I don’t just mean get faster, although that is the ultimate goal. There are so many things that go into “getting faster” besides running faster on the track. As a hurdler, there is a lot of technique involved, so I have a lot of opportunities to finetune my mechanics, both between the hurdles and over them. We watch a lot of video and do a lot of drills.
There are many opportunities to improve off the track as well, for example with nutrition. As I’ve mentioned before, I try to stay away from supplements as much as possible and try to get all of my nutrients from real food. Nutrition is something I didn’t feel the need to worry about when I was younger, but as I’ve evolved as an athlete, my eyes have been opened to the importance of your diet and what you choose to fuel your body with.
Water is a huge focus for me, in order to stay hydrated and rid my body of toxins. I’m sure you know that drinking water is important, and many athletes and people trying to stay fit set a goal of drinking a gallon of water a day. Personally, I try to drink as many ounces as I weigh in pounds – so 135 ounces a day, which I measure in water bottles. Staying hydrated and getting rid of toxins helps your body repair and recover from your last workout.