Allyson Felix, American Athlete ( November 18, 1985 - )

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The most important lesson that I have learned is to trust God in every circumstance. Lots of times we go through different trials and following God's plan seems like it doesn't make any sense at all. God is always in control and he will never leave us.~Allyson Felix

Trust God Plan

I'm just competitive. It doesn't matter what it is. I want to win.~Allyson Felix

Win Want Matter

My speed is a gift from God, and I run for His glory. Whatever I do, it all comes from him.~Allyson Felix

God Gift Speed

I am a big believer in visualization. I run through my races mentally so that I feel even more prepared.~Allyson Felix

I Am Feel Prepared

My mom is great and I make sure that we pray together before every race. She helps me put everything in perspective and remind me of the real reason I run.~Allyson Felix

Mom Great Together

I have learned that track doesn't define me. My faith defines me. I'm running because I have been blessed with a gift.~Allyson Felix

Faith Blessed Gift

Philippians 1:21 is very special to me because it helps to keep my life centered.~Allyson Felix

Life My Life Me

The 200 meters is my baby. To me, it's the perfect distance. It's still a true sprint, but it unravels more. You get to enjoy the race a little bit more than the 100.~Allyson Felix

Baby Me Enjoy

I love the relays. Track is such an individual sport, so it's fun to do something together.~Allyson Felix

Love Together Fun

I always look back to my first Olympic medal in 2004 in Athens. I was very new to the sport, and it was my first big win at the Olympics.~Allyson Felix

Win Look New

Before a race, I block out what's going on in the stadium. It's different for everyone. But for me, I've always been able to block it out. For a sprint race, it's important not to get distracted.~Allyson Felix

Me Important Race

The biggest way I stay motivated is to run with a group of friends. Sometimes it's hard to get going by yourself, but if you have a plan and a meeting time, you know this run will happen for sure. It's a way to have fun - while also getting in a workout. Plus it distracts from pain, helps you fight fatigue, and gives you that extra push.~Allyson Felix

Time Friends Pain

Try to think of working out and healthy eating as a lifestyle. Rather than go on a diet or try a crazy exercise routine, try making them something you do every day.~Allyson Felix

Day Crazy Exercise

It was not until the end of my freshman year in high school that I thought I could really have a future in track and field. I definitely did not think I could make it to the Olympics back then, though; I was just focused on making it to the state finals!~Allyson Felix

Future School End

I myself am frustrated in just where sports are at. It's a hard thing when you're out there working every day, and you know that someone else is cheating and they may not necessarily get caught.~Allyson Felix

Sports Myself Day

I never let track define me. That's something that's really important to me.~Allyson Felix

Me Important Define

I'm really laid back but I still like to dress up sometimes.~Allyson Felix

Dress Sometimes Back

Right now I'd say my favorite fashion designer is Zac Posen.~Allyson Felix

Fashion Favorite Now

Most people don't think about plyometrics when they think about powerful strength. But I do lots of them to build mine.~Allyson Felix

Strength People Powerful

I spend around three hours on the track and two hours in the weight room, five or six days a week.~Allyson Felix

Week Three Two

I am a sprinter, and I love to go fast. It's very difficult for me to be patient and follow a race strategy or conserve energy.~Allyson Felix

Love I Am Me

I always want to give more than I gave yesterday.~Allyson Felix

Want Yesterday Always

I was a disruptive child.~Allyson Felix

Child Disruptive

You know, I love wearing heels. I wish I could wear them all the time, but, you know, my sport doesn't really permit it.~Allyson Felix

Love Time Wish

I love a great pair of jeans and a nice blouse.~Allyson Felix

Love Great Nice

I spend around two and half hours on the track every day running and another 2 hours in the weight room lifting weights with my strength coach.~Allyson Felix

Strength Day Coach