10 questions with Poudre cross country runner Paul Miller

10 questions with Poudre cross country runner Paul Miller


10 questions with Poudre cross country runner Paul Miller


Paul Miller, a senior at Poudre High School, went from a social runner to one with a killer’s instinct. This season, he plans to use that to push for a strong finish at the Class 5A State Championships. That’s no stretch. Miller may have finished 42nd last season, but he has run times nearly 1 minute quicker than last year’s state champion.

Question: I hear you’re a pretty good runner. When did you start running competitively?

Answer: I first joined running because my brother did it. I first joined because of the social aspect of running. But as a sophomore, I developed a competitive drive.

Q: Not so social if you’re leaving everybody in the dust, is it?

A: The team is definitely a social aspect. I host team dinners a lot at my house. We all make lasagna or pasta, and play pool or Frisbee in the yard the day before the meet.

Q: Are you the cook?

A: My parents actually prepare all the meals. It’s not just me, a lot of the other team members host dinners as well.

Q: Are carbs a good thing for a cross country runner?

A: Carbs pretty much equal energy. The more you have, the more energy you’re going to have.

Q: What’s your goal this season?

A: I honestly don’t really have a set time in place. I really want to race the places this year. If I do that, the times will come.

Q: What advice would you give a beginner in running?

A: Honestly, I would say find your love for running to begin with. Build on top of that.

Q: What are your life goals with running?

A: I really just like running, I like this new competitive outlook I have on it. As of right now, I want to run in college. After that, I don’t really know.

Q: What drives you to run?

A: Honestly, like, it would probably be the fact that running is an escape from anything. I like the way it makes you feel. It’s really unlike anything in this world.

Q: Do you listen to music when you run?

A: No. The only time I listen to music is if I’m on a treadmill – and that’s very rare. I’d much rather be in the actual setting that I’m running in.

Q: What do you think about when you run?

A: It changes so often. It could be your general day – something that’s troubling you. Sometimes I think about how well I want to do in the next race.


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