We love our latest Women’s Running magazine Blogger On The Run- Paula from Eat: Watch: Run! She runs for sanity and blogs to share her love of running with newfound friends. This speed-loving girl has never met a cupcake she doesn’t like and runs to continue chasing them. Read on to find out how Paula moved beyond crossing something off her bucket list to fall in love with running:
WR: How would you describe yourself?
P: I’m a wife, a one-eared bunny mother, a fitness junkie, and a lover of celebrity gossip and watching too much TV. I have an unnatural love for Peeps, candy corn, and cupcakes and I’m not afraid to take candy away from small children.
WR: How did you begin running?
P: I started running shorter distances when I was 19 to lose a few pounds and then always kept up with it. About 2 years ago, a friend of mine suggested I sign up for a half marathon with her since I ran a lot anyway. I thought, “Sure, I’ll cross that off my bucket list and be done with it.” So, I signed up for two. The first race went horribly and I didn’t want to run another one but I felt obligated so I ran the second one anyway. It was amazing and hooked me in. I’ve been racing ever since.
WR: What keeps you running and training?
P: My sanity. Running is the one thing I never regret doing. It helps keep me healthy and in a good mood. It’s probably the only reason I’m tolerable to my friends and family.
WR: What type of run is your favorite?
P: I love speed training. Speed runs really push my limits, the workouts are short and sweet, and I still get the adrenaline rush like I ran a long race.
WR: What’s your favorite race memory?
P: Running my second marathon. My first marathon was awful, nothing went right, and I didn’t even feel proud of finishing. My second marathon was a chance to prove to myself that I could do better. I ran the entire race alone, shaved 20 minutes off my time, and felt amazing during every mile. It made me fall in love with running again and gave me a big, dopey grin on my face for weeks.
WR: Best running advice you’ve received or given?
P: Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s easier said than done and I still struggle with it. It really breaks you down mentally. Once that worry is gone and you’re running for yourself, your performance improves so much.
WR: What’s your favorite indulgent treat?
P: I’ve never met a cupcake I didn’t like.
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Paula rebels against comparing her running to others. How do you resist temptation to constantly compare?
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