The closest I have ever been to a professional athlete is watching the LA Marathon or the Boston Marathon runners. I love watching the first few runners. I wake up just to watch them run on what are normally streets bustling with traffic. The first few runners typically run solo and when they are running, I focus on their stride, those long legs that scream, I own this street. Whenever I see these professional athletes run, I think of the Just Do It – Nike Ads. It is amazing how well the Just Do It ads capture the essence of an athlete.
I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to workout with an Olympian last week. I jumped at the invitation extended by Chobani, official sponsor of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, to participate in a beach workout with the US Olympian Lashinda Demus and taste recipes by chefs at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers. Lashinda Demus is a London bound US Olympian, who is a world champion in the 400m hurdles.
The workout was HARD!!! I have a new found appreciation for professional athletes, it is not easy doing what they do and to do with focus and dedication every single day. My workout consisted of running to a mark with different intensity and then coming back and doing squats, pushups and sit-ups. We had to do that 20 times. We started off by running to the mark at 60% intensity and came back jogging, then we did 20 squats, 20 pushups and 20 sit-ups. We would run again and come back and do 19 squats, 19 pushups and 19 sit-ups. It was hard by the time we came to #15, I was ready to sit down! This was us doing sit up #10000, or atleast it felt like that.
Next we did some arm exercises and butt exercises and finally ended with some stretches. That’s me helping Lashinda Stretch:
Here’s moi getting stretched by Lashinda. Throughout the workout, I was in awe of Lashinda, her form was amazing and she was so graceful in performing the exercises.
After the exercises, we got to eat some Chobani inspired recipes from the US Olympic training centers. I am going to share my favorite recipes with you tomorrow. We got to eat Creamy Jicama Salad, Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt, Chobhani smoothies and Chobani parfait with new flavors on the market.
After refueling we had a conversation with Lashinda where she went over her career, her food intake and her daily routine. Do you want to know what she said? Leave me a comment and I will do a separate post!
After the conversation, I asked her for her philosophy for feeding her 5 year old twins. She said you don’t give up like everything else. You work on feeding your kids healthy from the beginning. You teach them to eat healthy. What do her kids like to eat? Broccoli!!
My favorite part of the whole evening was when I introduced my almost 5 year old to Lashinda. Not having the correct phrases to explain Olympics and its history to my kid, I told her that Lashinda runs and that Lashinda runs for the US. My daughter very intrigued that someone could actually run for a “job”, told Lashinda I am a runner too and I can run fast. This is what happened next and I will always cherish this video:
My kid raced and beat an Olympian :). Lashinda was so welcoming with my kids. She has become my favorite Olympian and I cannot wait to watch her perform in London for the 400m hurdles. Thank you Chobani for the amazing opportunity and for sponsoring athletes with a heart of gold.