Athlete Profile: Paula Berger

2017-03-16T10:10:43+00:00 March 16th, 2017|HRL Athletes|

Tell us a little about yourself…

I’m an average runner who likes to do a little bit of everything from hills to trail. I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis since I was 18 and because of that I’m pretty conservative in terms of my weekly mileage. I basically learned the hard way of “running smarter not harder,” because if I didn’t, I’d pay for it in my joints. However, this chronic condition has not stopped me from running. In fact, according to my rheumatologist, I’m his only marathoner!

How long have you been running?

Since I moved here from NYC in 2009.

Please list your favorite races and PR’s

NYC marathon 4:13

What are your 2017 Racing plans and running goals?

Hapalua and Hibiscus halfs for a time of less than 2 hrs. Some fun trails and Spokane marathon in October.

Any “bucket list” races?

Disney marathon!

What is your average weekly mileage?

25-30

What is your favorite workout?

I really like intervals of short intense runs followed by a walk or jog break.

Favorite pre-race/post-race foods

Banana or slice of bread with peanut butter for both pre and post race.

What is the piece of running gear/food/drink that you cannot go without?

I love nuun electrolyte tablets in lemon lime and bolt organic energy chews.  Also, some sort of hat or visor. I often run around 10am so I really like the Oiselle folding cap to shade my face from the intense heat and sun. If at any point, I just want to take it off, I can fold my cap in half and tuck it in the waistband of my shorts.

What is your favorite running moment or running quote?

My first experience with a running coach and he said to always “Run within yourself.” I took it as never letting someone dominate your race or your pace.  Stay calm and listen to your body. I also always remind myself to be “light as a feather,” because there are those days where your thighs feel like lead!

Describe your running before HRL and after

Before HRL I was part of a training group where I ran with a group and felt that I couldn’t train without other people’s company. But after HRL, I’ve been a solo runner and loving it.

Why does training with Hawaii Running Lab work for you?

I really like the flexibility and if I miss a workout, I swap days to make it work according to my insane work schedule. It also provides me the direction of where I need my training to be without over stressing my weak joints and to train smarter, not harder.

Do you have an Instagram/twitter handle that you would like us to include with your profile?

instagram: lampaulaiam