Olympic Sprinter Allyson Felix Shares Her Core Routine + How She Stays Motivated

Not solely is Felix devoted to her coaching schedule, she’s additionally diligent about her restoration routine. “For me, that appears like ice bathing after an intense session, doing foam rolling and therapeutic massage stick, and stretching,” she says. “I be sure that I’m actually stretching before workouts, after exercises, and when I’ve time at dwelling to actually get into these muscle mass.”

On an energetic restoration day, Felix could go for an extended run—the place she additionally retains physique preservation in thoughts. “Throughout these highway runs, I like utilizing Dr. Scholl’s performance sizes-to-fit running insoles—they supply consolation, arch help, and are one different space the place I may help prevent injury,” she says. “I see that as contributing to my restoration, as nicely.”

Felix can also be certain to take one full break day, the place she could get a chiropractic adjustment or therapeutic massage. Past the bodily restoration, although, nowadays additionally function a psychological refresh. “The day I’ve off, I attempt to actually have off. I’m not excited about coaching, I’m not excited about racing, I actually attempt to let my thoughts relaxation,” she says. “It’s how I begin my days as nicely, I’ve a gratitude journal and I simply deal with unplugging from all of that work and depth.”

What’s extra, Felix takes a bit of day without work each season, which she says actually helps. “I feel that’s helped me have longevity [in the sport] and nonetheless really feel enthusiastic about it,” she says. “It’s necessary to take a step again and produce other issues in life you take pleasure in—my household actually helps with that.”