Stuff like this used to end up on the cutting-room floor. But when you get a special and talented performer in for an Athlete of the Week interview, why not share more than just what’s in Monday’s paper?
So, here’s something extra from the interview with state champion and indoor state-record holder in the 3,000 meters, Abington Heights junior Tessa Barrett.
Let’s talk diet.  I’m a really, really big health nut.

What is totally off limits during the season? I don’t really eat sweets or junk food. My favorite food is chicken Caesar salad. I’m big on meats and poultry. (Saturday) night I had ice cream with the team. That was huge. I don’t think I’ve had ice cream in like two years. It’s not my thing.

What is a normal training regimen for you? We do a lot of our runs based on times, so a normal run is from like 30 to 40 minutes. I don’t really calculate distances.

People think of 3,000 meters as a long run but it’s sort of a sprint. It is. I was thinking of this the other day. I was a big miler. I really loved the mile in eighth grade. And last year I did the mile, and I enjoyed it, but when I got to states I realized, ‘these kids are really sprinting.’ And I still had a lot of energy left at the end of the mile. I was not tired at all. So I realized I should probably bump up and go to the 2-mile, so for the indoor season, that’s what I tried to do with the 3,000.

You’re running 15 laps for the 3000. Is there a big adjustment for indoor track and the more turns that you have than outdoor track?  I don’t think so. Not for the longer races. For the sprinters, it’s got to be a lot more difficult. But you really don’t feel that for the 3,000 or the mile. You get used to it.

For people who have never seen an indoor meet, do they have someone keep track of how many laps are left? They do. My coach’s biggest thing he told me that was really helpful is don’t keep track of the laps and just try to stay in your zone. If you focus on the laps or try to count them, you just get confused. You lose track of what you’re doing. Stay in the race and don’t focus on the laps. They’ll shoot the gun on the last lap anyway so you’ll know.