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Inside Olympian Colleen Quigley's Workout Routine

by Colleen Quigley - May 12, 2021

We asked Olympian Colleen Quigley, a pro steeplechaser and Vital Athlete, to share how she fuels her workouts ahead of the upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field. Get the scoop on her training, nutrition and (of course) her favorite ways to incorporate Vital Proteins® collagen into her daily wellness routine. Then check back on Lively for more insight into Quigley's workouts, mantras and more!

Properly fueling for workouts is super important. I typically eat three hours before working out because I want to give myself time to digest. I like enjoying a bowl of oatmeal before a workout. But sometimes I switch it up with a couple pieces of toast with some nut butter and a banana. I drink a lot of coffee, so caffeine is an important part of my pre-workout routine, too.

The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo got postponed from last summer to this summer, so I’ve been training hard and hope to qualify for Team USA and compete in my second Olympic Games! Currently, I'm gearing up for the U.S. Olympic Trials for Track and Field, which are the week of June 20th.

Keep scrolling for a peek inside what my weeks look like as I get ready to race.

Monday: I do a recovery run, which is about 8 to 9 miles for me, then a 30- to 40-minute bike or swim in the afternoon.

Tuesday: Speed workout on the track, short intervals at a fast pace (so fun!). Then, I lift either after the workout or later that day.

Wednesday: Another recovery run (8 to 9 miles) followed by Pilates, then a 30- to 40-minute bike or swim

Thursday: A recovery run (8 to 9 miles)

Friday: A workout on the track or on a bike path, where I do longer intervals at a more steady pace. Then, I lift either after the workout or later in the day.

Saturday: A recovery run (8 to 9 miles) followed by Pilates

Sunday: A long run — I usually clock in 13 to 16 miles, depending on how I’m feeling or where I'm at in my training cycle. I either rest in the afternoon or do another 30 to 40 minutes on the bike or in the pool.

My favorite workouts involve speed! 200-meter repeats on the track with a lot of recovery is always fun because it's painful and wild — but it's over quick and you feel like you're flying!

Photo Credit: Cortney White

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