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Thursday 14 December 2017

MY HEALTH

Paula radcliffe (38), british olympic marathon runner

What was the last thing you ate?

I just had an almond butter and avocado sandwich for breakfast. I had to fast this morning as I had a blood test, so I was starving.

Do you go to the gym or classes?

I go to the gym to lift weights. I don't really do classes unless I'm with my coach. If it's really bad weather I will go to the gym for the cross-trainer. When I was pregnant, I did a few classes.

Do you take vitamins or supplements?

I do take vitamins and supplements; C, B complex, iron, zinc, omega and energy drinks when I'm training.

What foods always go in your shopping trolley?

Lemons, almond or rice milk as I have lactose intolerance. I love fish, so mackerel and salmon. Plus apple juice, fruits, vegetables and milk and cheese for the children. My daughter is addicted to strawberries. I also like dark chocolate.

Have you ever been in hospital?

I've been in hospital a few times. I had to go in for my wisdom teeth, plus a double hernia, knee reconstruction, three foot operations ... and to give birth.

What was your worst illness?

My worst illness has to be post-viral fatigue in 1998. I didn't run well in the Europeans and couldn't run in the Commonwealths and had to rest for two months.

What is your favourite cure?

Sleeping, laughing and spending time with the family. Plus chewing raw garlic can help, although people don't tend to want to come near you!

Would you get your five a day?

I easily get my five a day, eating many of the items from my shopping trolley. I eat at least two or three vegetables with each meal and I eat a lot of fruit.

What is your favourite meal to cook?

My favourite meal is salmon with spring onion and pesto crust with broccoli and rice or potatoes. My daughter Isla loves being helpful in the kitchen, baking and making things, like biscuits and muffins. She likes to decorate them with icing and she loves anything with eggs; she likes cracking them.

Any vices?

I do enjoy a glass of red wine and I love dark chocolate.

Ever dieted?

No, I have never dieted in terms of counting calories, but I do make sure I eat a balanced diet and get the right nutrients.

Any family ailments?

Asthma is in the family.

How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

I get on average nine to 10 hours of sleep a night.

Do you have any health goals?

To stay healthy and injury-free.

Do you smoke or have you ever smoked?

No, I have never smoked.

>ANNA COOGAN

Paula Radcliffe launched the Fairy Dishes of Best Wishes competition in support of Irish athletes and teams competing in the London Olympics 2012. For more information on the design competition which is open until Sunday, June 17, log on to www.facebook.com/fairydish

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