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.