Rajpaul Pannu placed second at the Hoka One One Carbon x2 100K, making him the third fastest All Time American in the distance. Rajpaul runs with the Hoka One One Aggies and is also a full time math teacher. He debuted the marathon in 2:17 at CIM and went on to run in the Olympic Trials in 2020.
In this episode we get to learn about Rajpauls experience running at a junior college before getting a scholarship to run D1 where he ended up holding multiple school records at St. Mary’s College. We also hear about the life changing moments as a teenager when he decided to start training and working hard at having a healthy lifestyle. We also talk about what it means to him to represent the BIPOC community at the starting line at races. I also loved hearing about his love for Bruce Lee and so much more- we could have talked for hours.
This episode is packed full of goodness- I know you are going to love Rajpaul’s energy and story!!
What we talked about:
5:55- His car getting stolen right before the Carbon2X race
15:15- What his recent race at the Hoka One One Carbon2x meant to him
16:15- What we can do to make the sport of running more inclusive
21:45- His journey to start running
30:40- Making the decision to run at the junior college level to start out at college
42:50- His feelings about turning 30 and having his breakout race right before turning 30
47:20- The strength training and mobility that he does outside of running including his practice of nunchaku
55:55- Goals going into the Hoka One One Carbon2x 100k race
59:45- Specific details on his race
1:07:20- Plans to continue training for ultras
1:08:15- What he has learned from Jim Walmsley
1:09:50- Being a part of the Hoka One One Aggies
1:11:10- Balancing being a teacher and running at a high level
1:14:45- End of podcast questions
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