Nothing has been normal for Kate Grace since the announcement of the postponing of the Tokyo Olympics. Three and a half years worth of work, delayed in an instant. But ask Kate how she feels today, after a few weeks of processing the news? She’ll say she knows it was the right thing to do – but it doesn’t make it suck any less.
Grace is an American Middle-Distance Runner and Olympian. She placed 8th in the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016 in the 800meters, and as of this spring, she was training to run in Tokyo. Kate is currently a member of the Bowerman Track Club, a Nike-sponsored team based at World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
But all of this pedigree doesn’t mean Grace wasn’t human when she found out about the Olympics. She mentions a “twelve hour cry” was good to get all the feelings out, and then she immediately focused on “what’s next?” This episode’s conversation went from discussions about the long-term impact of quarantine on training to what she wants to accomplish knowing that she has more time to be the athlete she was preparing to be this year. She has time to do the things you know you should do but don’t focus on as much – like core work and strength training with her comment that she’ll “have a 12 pack by the end of this!” and focusing on the process of training and refining her sport, rather than just the performance itself. “I couldn’t wait to prove myself…but this just showed me I wanted it as much as I thought I did.”
Today’s episode of Body of Work is special in that it is one of the first conversations host Hannah Mooney Mack has had with athletes while quarantined during the COVID-19 crisis. It goes to show that even though the world is shut down, athleticism and a training mindset can’t be locked up. Listen in for more from the lovely Kate Grace.