Every high school athlete knows how difficult it is to find time for class, practice, meets or games, homework, family responsibilities, and friends. For 18-year-old Candace Hill, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For the past two years, Candace has been balancing all these responsibilities plus a professional running career with ASICS.

As a sprinter, Candace is no stranger to high-pressure situations. In fact, she thrives in conditions that demand the best from her, and the proof is in the race results. Candace gave Eastbay a glimpse at her daily schedule and broke down how she stays motivated and focused on her goals.

So, you want to know exactly what it takes to be great? Here it is:

6:45 a.m. Wake Up Call

When you’re trying to be the best in the world — and get to class on time — hitting snooze isn’t an option.

8:00 a.m. School

Candace is currently wrapping up her senior year at Rockdale County High School, where she is enrolled in a magnet program that focuses on high-level coursework in math, science, and technology research.

4:00 p.m. Track Practice

               2 hours on the track

After school, Candace heads straight to practice, where she begins with a dynamic warm-up routine. This warm-up helps prevent injury by elevating Candace’s heart rate and loosening up the muscle groups she’ll use throughout her practice session.