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Name: Paula Radcliffe

Age: 34

From: Great Britain

Occupation: Marathon runner

When Paula Radcliffe finished the 2007 ING New York City Marathon
in just 2:23:09, it was her second time winning the race-yet it felt
completely different. "I ran throughout my pregnancy and started
training again just a few weeks after giving birth, so the win felt
more rewarding," says the mom of 10-month-old daughter Isla. "This
time, I had another person to share it with." The women's world
marathon record holder since 2003, Radcliffe sat down with Shape and dished on motherhood, racing-and chocolate.

  • On Motivation
    "When I don't feel like working out, I think about my next
    race. I know that getting out there and running is what will make it easier."
  • On Motherhood
    "Isla makes me laugh all day long. Because of her I'm
    happier, and that helps me train better and run faster!"
  • On Staying Healthy
    "I lift weights three times a week, and I also
    do lots of core exercises. I eat well, but I'm not obsessive about it. You have
    to give yourself a treat now and then-for me, it's chocolate."
  • On Goals
    "Each year, I write down my life targets. For 2008, I want
    to be a good mom, do well in the Beijing Olympics, and run faster."
  • On The Smartest Advice She Ever Got "My grandma once said,
    'Always give your best each day. If you do that, you can't ask any more of
    yourself.' I really believe you get out of life what you put into it."

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