I've loved Track & Field for as long as I can remember. When I moved from Jamaica to the UK (aged 7) I struggled a lot at school because I am dyslexic. I naturally gravitated to towards the things I was good at, like running and being creative. I can still remember watching the 2000 Sydney Olympics, knowing I wanted athletics to be my job one day.
If I am honest I don’t really know. Throughout studies, working life, lows and highs, athletics had always been there. It’s something I really enjoy and has given me so much confidence, perspective, it’s taught me to be disciplined and driven, and it’s lead me to make some amazing friendships. I feel very fortunate to do something I love as a job every day.
I have too many to choose one, but I remember I loved watching my first Olympic games seeing Cathy Freeman compete in her green speed suit and thinking she was such an incredible athlete. Then Paula Radcliffe made me want to be an endurance runner because she made it look so easy and I admired her grit. Kelly Holmes always inspired me with her determination - she’s someone who I still really look up to and have been lucky enough to know her as a mentor. These days, I would say I am inspired by my training partners and other women working towards the same goals.
I train six days a week and have a rest day every Friday. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are session days and I usually have gym & another run on these days too. Day’s in-between session days are my easy days which normally include ‘pre-hab’, mobility and steady running. This is a typical Saturday session day:
8.15am – Wake up
8.30am- Breakfast (Oats, with Almond butter, berries, banana, Flaxseed + Chia seeds)
10am – Track/Hills or Park reps session
12.30pm – Recovery (Protein Shake)
1.30pm – Lunch (usually Eggs and avocado on toast or leftovers)
2.00pm – Nap
3.00pm – Snack (Yogurt + Granola)
3.30pm – Gym session
5.30pm – 4 miles easy run
7.00pm – Dinner (Go-to’s are lentil spagbol or pesto gnocchi with roasted veg and veggie sausages)
10.30pm – Bedtime (I rarely got to sleep past 11pm)
I love being creative through my work as a Makeup Artist. Recently, I’ve got into doing yoga quite a bit and I just love being social, spending time with family, friends and my pet tortoise Beans, who is more like a dog than a tortoise!
I don’t have any ridged routines, every build-up to a race is different in terms of the uncontrollable but I love to indulge in a bit of self-care, that always makes me feel confident. I usually like to get my nails or hair done and do a face mask or something! I don’t struggle too much with nerves, I always seem to interpret the feelings I get as excitement. The main thing is to ensure that I am enjoying myself - I find there is not fear when I am having fun.
I remember times where I have been injured and that makes me realise how grateful I am to be able to run. Also, remembering the reasons why I started is a good way to find motivation.
Given that sport has been put on hold understandably due to COVID-19, I am just excited to compete and enjoy racing again.
To be confident and have fun!
I love Mexican food, so probably tacos or Mezze as I love a little bit of everything.
It has given me the confidence to take ownership of my menstrual cycle and make informed choices. Having previously been on the pill for 11 years to control the symptoms of my menstrual cycle, I wasn’t sure If my body would even know how to have a natural period again. It’s been really empowering to get my period back, learn how to control symptoms and learn the benefits to allowing my body to function naturally.
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