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Parker Valby In Workout Gear Says "It's Official, I'm an Olympian"

She’s heading to Paris!

Track and field star Parker Valby got through the Olympic trials and is thrilled to be heading to Paris to compete in the women's 10,000 meters race. Valby, 21, shared pictures of the experience, including one of her wearing shorts and a blue Nike cropped jacket, blowing a kiss.  "Can't spell Paris without Parker🤌🏼🕺🏼💅🏼 (ok maybe you can without the k e r). Anyhoots it's officially official I'm an Olympian😮 this past week has been quiteee a journey full of some of my highest highs and lowest lows." Here's how Valby trains and lives her best life.


Running 25-40 Miles a Week

Valby runs between 25-40 miles a week, depending on her training schedule. "It's not like I'm jogging on those days [that I'm running] or that I'm cross training easily," she told Citius. "I think people underestimate what I'm doing. When I cross-train, there are puddles of sweat on the floor…Workout days are quality miles. That's where all the miles come in–workout days."


Cross-Training All Week


Valby does cross-training twice on Wednesdays and takes one day a week off for active recovery. "I'll do a cross-train double on Monday," she told Citius. "Tuesday is typically a track workout or a grass workout depending on whatever we have coming up. So that'll be running on the ground that day. Thursday, some weeks we have workouts, some weeks we don't depending on if we're working out on Saturday. And then Friday will be a cross-train double. Sunday is cross-training."


She's a Graduate

Valby just graduated from the University of Florida, which is perfect timing for the Olympics. "Some graduate with honors, I'm honored to graduate 💅🏼 (all jokes guys I actually did graduate with honors). Thank you @uflorida and @gatorstf for the best 4 years 🥲 *swipe to see my mood abt leaving #gogators5ever 🤍," she captioned an Instagram post.


Recovering From Injury

Valby knows what it's like to recover from injury after fracturing her foot. The athlete was forced to try different methods of working out while her foot healed. "I learned how to cross-train for the first time and actually cross-trained really hard for three months while I was on crutches and in a boot, mostly in a pool. You're still getting the aerobic fitness," she told Track & Field News. "It's just a little bit of a shock to the legs when you come back."


Big Dreams

Valby still can't believe how much her world is changing, and says she never planned on becoming an Olympian. "If you would have asked me two years ago, I wanted to be in business or an orthodontist," she told Runner's World. "For a while, I wanted to be a vet. I've been all over the place. I never once said I wanted to be an Olympic athlete."

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