Sanya Richards Ross is THE Super Woman of track and field. She recently partnered with Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash to show how she treats her body with the utmost care.
I chatted with Sanya to discuss all things style, beauty, sweat, and speed. Read below for Sanya’s race day preparation tips and her advice on how to get faster!
RA: Who are your style icons/inspirations?
SRR: I love fashion & beauty. Growing up as an athlete, if you wanted to be considered a serious athlete, you had to be a tom boy. Not do your hair and makeup. I was so happy to see that change with the Serena’s and Venus’s. I want young girls to embrace all of who they are.
On the track the Flo Jos & Serena’s of sports really pushed the envelope to look beautiful while competing.
I would say Rihanna and Beyonce are also inspirations. Rihanna is edgy risk taking.
Beyonce is just beautiful and more conservative. Between those 4-those are my style icons.
RA: How do you describe your style on the track?
SRR: I am a bit trendy and I like to take risks. On the track I’m a little bit limited because I have to wear my Nike uniform. The sleeves are my sleeves. Kind of like Beyonce has her Sacha Fierce, I have my Super Woman, off the track I’m goofy and fun, but on the track I get very intense and my sleeves make me feel that way. When I put them on, I feel ready for competition. And obviously my hair, it’s blonde, it’s short, I mix it up. I channel my Super Woman on the track.
RA: And let’s not forget the bling.
SRR: That’s right! You can never forget the bling.
RA: I know you’re a spiritual person and utilize prayer on the track, how else do you get in the zone?
SRR: I have a bullet necklace that my mom gave me in the 7th grade. She gave it to me as said I was faster than a speeding bullet. It’s now a charm and it’s really special to me. I run every single race in it. I’m a bit superstitious. It’s the only big superstition I have.
RA: What are your tips for staying camera ready?
SRR: My schedule is crazy, so a long bathe is part of my routine. I use my go-to products like Olay to stay moisturized. It’s great partnering with a company for a product that I actually use every day. My sister introduced me to it. Also, can’t forget that eyeliner and mascara always perk up your face when you’re getting camera-ready.
RA: What advice do you have for recreational runners trying to get faster?
SRR: If the goal is get faster, the one thing is incorporating drills.
If you’re going out for a longer run that’s amazing and you’re pushing yourself, but the number one thing is really improving your form. Most people when I see them on the road, I’m like “my gosh.” It’s all over the place and that slows you down. Just doing some A Skips, which are bringing your arms and knees up and focus the right running form. You know bringing focus on not flailing your arms and bringing your knees up all the way. I think that help the lay runner.
[Here’s a video on A Skips]
RA: You see that as establishing the foundation and the other stuff will come.
RA: Do you use principles of sports psychology, mantras, or visualization?
SRR: I do a lot of visualization and work with a sports psychologist.
I do film study first. Before the Olympics, I must have ran that race a million times. Visualizing what I thought it would look and feel like. I ran in every lane, against every competitor. You play out every scenario. It really does help prepare you for the moment when you feel like you’ve been there before.
My mantras are:
1. I can do all things through Christ. He gives me strength.
2. I refuse to lose.
They help me focus, even during practice.
RA: What does it mean to “sweat with swagger”?
SRR: I love the mantra. The reason I love it is because a lot of women don’t like to sweat, and that’s one of the reasons they don’t work out is they don’t want to sweat out their hair or makeup. But if you sweat with swagger who cares about your hair, your makeup. It’s all about a healthy lifestyle and setting new goals.
That comes with sweat. Even if it’s not physical sweat, even if you’re at work and setting a goal, sometimes the situation gets a little hectic and you’re sweating. I think sweat goes a long with hard work and goals and taking yourself to the next level. I think women shouldn’t be afraid of sweat. I love mantra.
RA: Thanks, Sanya! You’re a total inspiration. I’ll be channeling you when I run NYC this year.
SRR: You’re welcome! Good luck.
There you have it from the lady who rocks a bullet around her neck.
When Sanya’s not traveling for competition, she lives in Austin, Texas with her NFL Pro husband Aaron Ross. Catch more Sanya on her hit WE TV show Glam & Gold, which showcases her family life, hard core training, the hair salon she owns with her sister, and the release of a line of hair extensions.
SHUTUPANDRUN wishes Sanya a speedy recovery from toe surgery. Thanks for chatting and always sweating with swagger.