A.M. Ambition: Push Yourself

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Olympian sprinter Allyson Felix not only has an impressive collection of gold medals (four to be exact), the 30-year-old beast is also a Beyoncé fan and cites Ben & Jerry’s oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream as her go-to splurge. Elle recently spoke to Felix, who may have a shot to grab the gold for both the 200- and 400-meter individual races if the USA Track & Field organization obliges schedule-wise. Felix could become the first champion to do so since France’s Marie-Jose Perec in 1996.

Since competing in the 2012 Olympics, she says this year’s games allow her to be more bold. “I feel like I’m at a place where I really want to go for it and take risks and do things that way,” she offers. Felix, who could train up to five hours a day, five to six days a week, also says that she would clock in 3000 to 3500 calories daily when she used to count calories. Her main focus, though, is challenging herself.

“I feel like I have high expectations of myself and I just love to push myself,” she says. “I think it’s awesome to go for [the 200 and 400], and it could all work out, it could be great, or it may not work out, but for me it’s all about seeing if I can do it. I’m a person who likes to test my own limits, so it’s a really cool challenge just on my own.”

While she awakens her alter-ego by pushing play on Bey’s “Diva” in her running playlist, Felix says the major key to tearing up the track is patience. “I think as an athlete, it’s our natural instinct to want things right away,” she says. “I wish I could tell myself to think of it as a whole process. You want to work hard, you want to see the results immediately, but it’s going to be a journey. Be patient, and enjoy the journey.”

Photo Credit: Victah Sailer

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