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Mommy Marathoner Wins NYC Marathon!

Finding the time and mustering the energy to run is always a challenge. Add to the mix a baby not even a year old and you have the formula for NYC Marathon winner Paula Radcliffe's life. Not only is she a mommy, but her full time job is running – running long distances and running them at a fast pace.

Radcliffe holds the world's record for running the 2003 London Marathon in two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds – that's 5:10 a mile pace over the 26.2-mile course! This seasoned marathoner had her first child on Jan. 17, 2007! She was up and running 12 days after her daughter Ilsa was born, and she trained through her pregnancy, under close supervision of her doctor, of course. Her ambition, talent, and determination helped her make it to the NYC marathon finish line beating her closest rival by 23 seconds. Radcliffe's finishing time was two hours 23 minutes 9 seconds! Congratulations, Paula!

I am sure Paula was not the only mommy racing, because we know Katie Holmes was planning on running too. To see how Katie fared in the big apple run, just

After training for three months, Katie was cheered on by Tom and Suri with a finishing of 5:29:58. We can tell by the photos that Katie opted to wear headphones for the race even though they were strongly discouraged. Not that I can blame her since those 26.2 miles can get a little lonely, even with a super star and a super cute baby waiting for you at the finish line.


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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
I never knew she worked out so much. That's very cool. I hope someday I will be in that great of shape.
vanprooyen vanprooyen 9 years
Why does getting a 5:30 time mean that Katie Holmes didn't run the whole marathon, Syako? I think you're making an assumption. She could have just been jogging and doing about a 12-minute mile the whole time. She still ran about 5 miles an hour, which I think is pretty impressive for the mother of a toddler. It's nothing like Paula Radcliffe, but I think it's still great. I normally run about 6 miles an hour and I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
Cher Cher 9 years
Katie is wearing all Lululemon! Yay for a Canadian Company with the most amazing workout and yoga clothing ever! I have that whole outfit and LOVE their stuff!
oceangirl oceangirl 9 years
very cool.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I give both women ultimate props for doing the marathon so soon after having kids! IMHO, Paula kicks Lance's ass...yet she didn't get nearly the press he did. Go Paula!!!!
CelebFanChatRaph CelebFanChatRaph 9 years
Congrats to both of them. :)
syako syako 9 years
Yay!! Deviousmuse that's a GREAT story. I think most of us at one time had a love/hate relationship with running. But the thrill of setting a personal record at a race or running the longest distance you've ever run just makes us crazy folks coming back for more. It's a GREAT workout. If you're worried about impact you may want to try to run on softer surfaces like a real track (not asphalt) or maybe in a park with a trail instead of always concrete.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
Ever since I was little, I hated running. I only did it because I had to. And then, after my skiing accident, it was the one exercise that I was advised not to do (other than boxing), as it is very jarring on the body. However, last May, I decided to do a 5k down in Florida with my best friend. I didn't intend to run it - just get up in the morning and do my best, without overdoing it. We ran/walked it - about a mile total ran, the rest walked, and I finished it in about 45 minutes. When I did the Breast Cancer 5k in Jacksonville a few weeks ago, I decided to push myself, and in my 2nd ever run, managed to shave 7 minutes off my time. I was so proud of myself, that I've decided to consider taking up running as an alternate cardio (I usually just do the elliptical, as its easy on my spine). In fact, I think I'm going to get fitted for my first pair of running shoes this weekend!
misstsapinay misstsapinay 9 years
I love Katie Holmes :) Especially since people think I look like her. I should post new pics.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Watching Paula Radcliffe and Gete Wami run so close together the entire race and then seeing Radcliffe book it at the end was SO thrilling! She really gave it her all. WAY TO GO ladies!
syako syako 9 years
work your way up to it tabloid. I'd start with a 5K, then a 10K then a ten miler or a half marathon. Or you could just train super hard for three or so months and go straight for a marathon. (I personally like the gradual build up though).
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
I want to run a marathon some day but 26 miles is so long! Congrats to Paula and Katie.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
Whoa. I hate running. Not only does it hurt my knees it just bores me. But I do admire people that can run and run a full friggin marathon. Truly inspirational ladies. It'd be great to apply their determination and work into my everyday life. Lol. I should start now. Sitting in this office is making me feel just a wee bit porky.
vanessa_j vanessa_j 9 years
paula is my idol. she is a true testiment of what an athlete is. I think that it was great for Katie to run the marathon. With all on her plate its a true accomplishment. I ran the Chicago (sweat a thon) marathon this year and training was insane with 2 kids. I cant imagine how it must be with a schedule like hers.
pipeepoodle pipeepoodle 9 years
My best friend ran the marathon in 4:50, I was so proud!! She beat Katie, lol! And yes, Katie did run the entire thing. She ran like 10 minute miles or something. They're all pretty amazing to me, I hate driving that far!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
Congrats to both ladies and all those that ran & finished the 2007 NYC Marathon!!! :jog:
syako syako 9 years
I just thought of one more thing - what great examples these moms are to their young girls. Hopefully these two girls grow up wanting to be strong and fit like mommy, and not skinny and degenerate like LiLo.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
I'm proud of both of them. Anyone with the guts to run/walk/whatever a marathon is amazing to me. So what if Katie didn't run the whole thing? That 26 miles, I can't even imagine how exhausting even walking it must be.
kellyanne kellyanne 9 years
I have a lot of tank tops like that with a built in bra. I'm sure that's the case. I think it's pretty incredible for anyone to finish a marathon, but to run a 5 minute mile through the entire 26 miles? That's inspiring.
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
But the bra! Running 5 and a half hour without a bra, man why??
Estelle07 Estelle07 9 years
Kudos to both of them. As a Brit I've always loved Paula Radcliffe and I'm very impressed with Katie Holmes. I never would have pictured her as a runner!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Amazing! She is in awsome shape for being a mom! My ideal haha!
syako syako 9 years
Ok, Paula is incredible. dang, she must never take a break! I love it. As far as Katie is concerned, don't knock her - she just finished a marathon. And we've never even seen her running before! Although a 5:30 finish means she didn't run the whole thing, I'm still way amazed by the fact that she set her heart to it and went through with it. Congrats to both of them!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
EllaBella, hahaha. Katie needs to cover those things up!
yaliyah yaliyah 9 years
good for both of them!!
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