Updated: August 26, 2011

Name: Paula Radcliffe

Age: 34

From: Great Britain

Occupation: Marathon runner

When Paula Radcliffe finished the 2007 ING New York City Marathonin just 2:23:09, it was her second time winning the race-yet it feltcompletely different. "I ran throughout my pregnancy and startedtraining again just a few weeks after giving birth, so the win feltmore rewarding," says the mom of 10-month-old daughter Isla. "Thistime, I had another person to share it with." The women's worldmarathon 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 nextrace. 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'mhappier, and that helps me train better and run faster!"
  • On Staying Healthy
    "I lift weights three times a week, and I alsodo lots of core exercises. I eat well, but I'm not obsessive about it. You haveto 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 wantto 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 ofyourself.' I really believe you get out of life what you put into it."
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