So apparently I think this did not get published O.o ………I think……if this posted twice, I’m sorry
Ohhhh okay I see what I did, I accidently did all this as a “page” and it’s suppose to be a “post” instead! Sorrrrry!
This is going to get interesting…..good luck to all!
Ever since I heard about the Eminent Person Study Project, I’ve put a lot of thought into, “Who should I stalk-I mean study for eminent?” I didn’t know if I should do a scientist, or a motivational speaker, but after deciding on what I would be most interested in learning about, I decided that I wanted to learn about an athlete runner.
Paula Radcliffe is who I settled on studying, not just because she has the same last name as Daniel Radcliffe (who played Harry Potter) but because she amazed me from how fast she improved and how determined she was and I started to look up to her. Paula is a long distance/marathon runner that started being inspired to run from her father, a former marathon runner. She was born in Davenham, Cheshire, England, on December 17th, 1973, so she is currently 40 years old, who has been running her whole life, and still is. Paula married Gary Lough, who was a former 1500 meter runner and has two kids. She was 7 years old when she started running, and by 12 years old, she placed 299th out of 600 girls in the English Schools Cross Country Championships (1986). Only one year later, after all the hard work and determination, she placed 4th place in the same race…from 299th place to 4th place in one year! The fact that someone, a female, a normal human being can improve that fast and by that much amazes me! That was what drawn me in the most while picking who do choose to study for eminent. Only 6 years later, and she has won 1st place in World Cross Country Champions! Even a week after suffering an asthma attack! This women is insanely strong!
In the first 7 marathons that Paula ran, she won 6 out of the 7 races and set a marathon world record in 5 of those races. She has the four out of the five top fastest female times in marathons. In the 2003 London Marathon, she set the world’s best with 2 hours and 15 minutes in 42.195 km! 11 years later and still no female runner has beaten her record. Whereas, in her Olympic running life, it isn’t going as well as she hoped. During the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008, she cramped up and had to stop and stretch before injuring herself, yet she still ended up in 23rd place. For the London Summer Olympics in 2012, she was pulled out since she had a foot injury, so she couldn’t compete. Paula has had multiple foot injuries in her life, but she is always determined to get right back into it after she has healed, and to make up for that take that has been taken up.
Paula really caught my attention because of how amazing of a runner she is, and now I’m beginning to look up to her. How strong her determination is, that really amazes me. Paula and I are just a bit similar because running long distances has always been something I like to do for fun and running competitive, like cross country, since I think it’s the competition that motivates me to work harder. Since my dad played soccer when he was younger, he was a extremely fast runner, so when my brother and I were in elementary school, my dad would take us out on runs quite often. Since my brother is older than me, he joined cross country and loved it, which made me want to try out joining cross country. Guess what happened? I fell in love with it as well. And we have joined every year now! Paula is also a girl (obviously and what we discussed about in class) which gives me another reason to look up to her and want to learn a lot more about her.
My other goals for this project would be to, for once in a life time, actually learn a ton about someone that I look up to as a role model, which actually makes me excited to start this project. But at the same time, since this is such a big project and we are given such a vast amount of time to work on this, I need to work on not procrastinating this to leave on the last week to do. Time management is actually one of my goals I need to work on throughout the year, as well as public speaking, exploring new things, new experiences, and figuring out what I love to do. But, as I was saying, I would love to learn about all the accomplishments, the training, the struggles, and the joyful times Paula Radcliffe has experienced. I want to capture the essence of what a professional athlete runner goes though every day and how they live their life compared to anyone, even a celebrity. I just want to be inspired by such an amazing person!
There goes my first assignment made for eminent! Welcome, Paula Radcliffe, athlete runner!