Under the microscope
Can you run up the stairs?
YES, I definitely can! Even though I retired from competing in 2015, I still run several times a week; it’s my stress relief. I encourage my two children, who are nine and 12, to join me on short runs because it’s important to get kids active.
Do you get your five a day?
YES, easily. I used to eat up to six times a day, but I eat less now because I’m not as active. I love porridge with bananas and honey, and salmon or chicken with brown rice and veg.
I LOVE cheese, fresh bread and wine. And dark chocolate — but as it contains bioflavonoids (a potent antioxidant) and iron, it’s a good vice in my mind!
Any family ailments?
MY MUM, Pat, was diagnosed with breast cancer and has been in remission for ten years. Her diagnosis reinforced the benefits of regular mammograms and smear tests, and meant I’ve had early access to NHS breast screening.
HAVING had asthma since I was 11, I always have the flu jab because the condition compromises the immune system, putting me at greater risk. Two years ago, I got the jab late and came down with a nasty bout, which developed into bronchitis and pneumonia. It takes two weeks for the flu jab to take full effect; the sooner you get it before the flu season starts in December, the better.
A FOOT injury that stemmed from an undiagnosed stress fracture I picked up when I was 20. It caused osteoarthritis in my left foot and there’s no cure, so it’s a case of preventing it from getting worse.
How well do you cope with pain?
I HAVE a naturally high pain threshold. It’s not that I’m being brave or trying to ignore pain — I just don’t feel it in the same way as other people.
Tried alternative remedies?
I USED to get dry needling, similar to acupuncture, to ease muscular pain. Kinesio taping, to help support muscles and encourage the natural healing process, also worked well.
Ever been depressed?
OVERALL, I’m pretty optimistic. I try not to worry about things I can’t control, such as what people think of me.
What keeps you awake?
NOT much! I sleep like a log and need a minimum of eight hours a night, otherwise I’m quite grumpy.
I HAVEN’T had a hangover for a long time. I stay well hydrated with water when I’m drinking, which definitely helps.
Like to live for ever? IF I was fit and able, I’d love that.
Paula Radcliffe is encouraging people to get their flu jabs. Visit asda. com to find your nearest pharmacy.
FORMER world champion runner Paula Radcliffe, 45, answers our health quiz