Name: Paula Radcliffe
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."