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Friday's Connector: Paula Radcliffe

February 25th, 2010
10:46 AM ET

Long distance runner Paula Radcliffe is no stranger to record breaking: she holds the world record for the women's marathon.

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In 2003, she ran the London course in an impressively short two hours, 15 minutes, and 25 seconds. She's also the world record holder in both 10- and 20-kilometer road race disciplines.

Paula is so dedicated to her sport in fact, it seems nothing will stop her; not even her asthma...or the call of nature.

She hit the headlines in 2005, when she stopped to relieve herself by the side of the road during the London marathon, and more recently she returned to professional competition just eight months after the birth of her daughter, Isla.

Now gunning for a gold medal in the 2012 olympic games, she joins Connect the World to answer your questions.

Do you want to know her aspirations for the future? Or what it's like to balance family life with such a grueling athletic discipline?

Leave your questions below, and Becky will use the best of them in her interview with Paula Radcliffe this coming Friday.

soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Rosy

    How do you think London will cope with the 2012 Olympics, and do you prefer to compete on home turf?

    February 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  2. Nicola

    How do you juggle being a mother and a professional athlete?

    February 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  3. Mohan

    What has been your most cherished sporting victory?

    February 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  4. David

    Are you confident there's enough young British talent coming through to bring home medals in the 2012 Olympics?

    February 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  5. realone

    how do you feel when you hit the stardom?

    February 25, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  6. Tito

    What inspired ur dream,and how do you cope with your motherhood.

    February 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  7. Chelsea nwazue

    What are your motive and inspiration that made participate in marthon as a proffesion and what you what to achieve in the near future

    February 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  8. Olang ronald

    how do you do it?

    February 25, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  9. Dr-vic

    What are the things i really need to do just to make improve in my skills?

    February 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  10. Iyke obianeli

    Paula why is it that world record holders like u hardly honor Nigerian's request for world marathon contest?

    February 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  11. Al-Moubaraq

    Pls your brief biography,Who/what is ur source of inspiration?

    February 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  12. Steffan

    What do you think about during marathons? How do you stay focused for that period of time?

    February 25, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  13. Paschal

    (1)What was paula's mind before she took athletics as a proffesion.(2)Tell me how she feel that she will get first position at the end when she is in track.(3)finally tell me of her hoobies when she was small 10-20.THANKS.

    February 25, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  14. Eboh Oboratare

    At what age will u stop running

    February 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  15. Stephen

    How did you do it,,coming back just eight month after delivery??

    February 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  16. Johnson

    1.How did you started?
    2.what really gave u interest in running a marathon?

    February 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  17. Rachel

    What is best advice for an aspiring marathoner?

    February 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  18. Paul A

    1. Do you have a race plan for this year or is the number one priority to provide a brother or sister for Isla and give yourself the maximum time to recover and get back for London 2012?
    2. A gold for you in 2012 would be THE moment of the Games. Do you feel the pressure of expectation?

    February 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  19. Giles

    I was at mile 25 for your last two NY marathons...How different they were in terms of performance. Did you have a particular injury in 2009 or was it a fitness issue...or both?
    and will you be back in NY this year?

    February 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  20. Michael

    Wat is ur advise for all upcoming marathoner.2 and at wat age did u start ur carear as an athlet.3

    February 25, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  21. Chibuike

    Hello,i wanna know where you got your motivation?

    February 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  22. John

    Hi Paula... I wonder how your training has adjusted as you have gotten older and what changes have you noticed in how your body responses to and recovers from training over the years.

    BTW, I'm also a (slower) marathoner and looking forward to running for many more years!

    February 26, 2010 at 12:06 am | Reply
  23. Ifeanyi

    What are the training tips one needs when running & how do you execute them in competitions.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:58 am | Reply
  24. Katie

    Paula, your website has been very quiet recently. Are you training for any particular event at the moment, i.e. London Marathon in April?

    February 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  25. Dilichukwu Ene

    Paula, you are the greatest in world of women's marathon. I love you for that. But my qestion is will you encourage your daugther to follow your footsteps of marathon race? Dilly from Nigeria.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Reply
  26. John Iyke

    i want to know her youth live

    February 26, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Reply
  27. David

    Consenting to the fact that u are a very successful athlethe, what are d basic training tips which have successfully worked for you.

    February 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  28. Onanike francis-mary

    How did you get involve in this sports before reaching this stage

    February 28, 2010 at 3:41 am | Reply
  29. Ismail

    What has been your strength,and what's your target like?

    February 28, 2010 at 10:40 am | Reply
  30. Audu olapeju

    Wen wil u finally quit athletic

    February 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  31. Akinade olayemi ololade

    paula u'r grate.But can u allow ur daughter 2 follow ur footsteps?

    February 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Reply

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