Workout Wednesday: Grace Gibbons

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Today we chat with Grace Gibbons from Iowa State!  Grace specializes in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Grace’s 3,000m steeplchase time of 10:23.19 ranks No. 2 in ISU history for the event. Check out how Grace trains and deals with injury below!

  1. Who are you?  Grace Gibbons, 20, Iowa State, Cross Country/3000m Steeplechase.
  2. Short description of running experience or greatest accomplishment. My greatest accomplishment as a runner has been learning how to listen to my body so that I can train smarter.
  3. What does your typical week look like in terms of workouts?  When preparing for a race? I’ve been injury prone over the last two years of my career, so my typical week includes two cross training days (usually lap swimming), two workouts on Tuesday and Friday, a long run day on Sunday, a mid-week long run day on Wednesday, and an easy mileage day on Saturday. When preparing for a race we usually do a workout around 4 or 5 days out from the meet, and then do easy mileage up to the day of the race.
  4. What is your favorite running workout? Least favorite? My favorite workout is one that helps me train for the steeplechase- 16 by 400 with every other 400 over hurdles. My least favorite workout is 2k repeats.
  5. How do you incorporate strength training into your week? Our team gets in the weight room at least twice a week on workout days.
  6. Do you work with a strength or lifting coach?  Our coach comes up with our lifting routines.
  7. What is your favorite strength training exercise?  Least favorite? My favorite is doing core slider exercises (the little pads you put on your feet or hands and slide around for core strength). I strongly dislike pushups because I’m so bad at them.
  8. Must have training equipment? Hanging core arm sleeves, yoga mat, and kettlebells.
  9. How has strength training benefited your performance? I’ve learned that the stronger you are, the less likely you are to get injured!

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  10. What are your favorite training related resources? My dad suggests a lot of exercises for me to do because he wrestled in college and coached for a while, so he has been a great resource for me.
  11. What motivates you to get through a hard workout? Thinking about how I’m going to feel in the next race I run. I’ve learned that in order to be mentally strong during a race, you have to practice that same mentality in workouts.
  12. Favorite song to workout to? “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor has gotten me through countless cross training sessions.

    Photo Credit: Motion & Light Photography, @motionandlight
  13. Do you ever have workouts that just don’t go your way?  How do you handle that?  I don’t like to stress about bad workouts because I don’t want the negative energy to affect the next one. I’ve always been told that champions have a short-term memory. Everybody has bad days and one thing I’ve learned from being injured is that you have to be patient and keep your mind on what you can control.
  14. What is your favorite way to recover from a tough workout? I LOVE a good post workout dinner.
  15. Do you have a favorite spot or location to run? Country roads (take me home 😉
  16. What does being a strong runner chick mean to you? To me, being a strong runner chick means listening to your body and figuring out what works best for you so you can become the best runner you can be!
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