A Day In The Life Of An Elite Runner

A Day In The Life Of An Elite Runner

Sasha Gollish is an elite runner from Ontario, Canada.

After much thought and soul searching, she’s ready to pursue 4 more years of dedication and training towards a Team Canada Olympic berth for Tokyo 2020. She’s 34 years of age. That is not young in the athletics game, but it’s also not unheard for runners in their mid to late 30’s to compete with the best.

Sasha has a really unique combination of mindset and talent. As a late bloomer, she lacks the mileage many of her competitors have logged in training, and she has a unique combination of both speed and endurance. In fact, she is really good at multiple events including the 800 metre, the 1500 metre, the 5000 metre, and even the half marathon distances.  

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After recovering from multiple injuries that challenged her chances of making Rio, the 2015 Pan Am medalist is ready. Here’s a day in the life of Sasha.

7:30 a.m.

Wake up (Sasha admittedly LOVES sleep). Coffee.  Good breakfast (something she is trying to do consistently)- typically oats with protein added. Start the day calm and centred. Throughout the day Sasha hydrates and is never far from a steel or plastic biking water bottle.

8:00 a.m.

Start working from home office. Sasha believes in whiteboards and to do lists- the week, the day, and additional nice to do’s. Lagging behind- try and break things down into priorities and smaller tasks.

10:00 a.m.

Light run. Flush out and move.

10:30 a.m.

Stretch out. Snack. Typical snacks include apple + nut butter, date almond smoothie, Plain Greek Yogurt with fresh berries and a splash of honey or maple syrup, or again oats + protein (Sasha REALLY loves oats). 

11:00 a.m.


12:00 p.m.


12:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

Workout preparation. Snack.

4:00 p.m.

Workout activation + workout.

8:00 p.m.

Dinner. A typical favourite dinner is steak dinner ("As a female distance runner I try to maximize my iron intake") with baked potato, kale salad, and beans or asparagus (if in season). Another favourite is salmon in maple syrup and brown sugar with steamed kale, roasted potatoes, and greek salad. 

9:30 p.m.

Bed + read. No blue light in the bedroom (check the devices elsewhere). Reading is not work or training oriented, purely for pleasure and chilling out the brain.

10:00 p.m.


The lesson here is to focus on the positive.

According to Sasha, "...Everyday will typically have 90% positive and 10% negative stuff that happens. We tend to drift our focus to the 10%. Don’t do that, 90% of your day was awesome. Change your focus."

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