Two Things I Learned from an Olympic Athlete
On our way to Roxboro tonight, Mario and I listened to the most recent podcast from Greatist. It was an interview with Shelia Taormina, the first woman to qualify for the Olympics in three events- swimming, triathlon, and the modern pentathlon. Now that’s what I call a pretty amazing athlete.
In the interview, she discussed what helped her to be an awesome athlete. Taormina put a strong emphasis on two things: strength training and rest. In particular, listening to her body and taking days off at a time if she needed to. According to her, without those things, she would not have been able to achieve her Olympic goals.
Today was my day off and for some reason I was feeling guilty about it. I was even planning a 6 mile run but when I was running short on time, decided against it. After listening to this interview, I’m glad I let my body rest. It’s been a rough week and I think I needed it. And after all, if I plan to go to Rio for the 2016 Olympics, I better start taking the advice of a well accomplished Olympian. 🙂
Happy Trails and Happy Running,