Radcliffe Ready to Defend her New York Marathon Title
Posted Oct 26 2008 4:53pm
Paula Radcliffe showed that she's back in form after her disappointing Beijing Olympics by winning the ten-mile BUPA Great South Run in a time of 51:11.
“The only thing to recover from in Beijing was that I wasn’t in shape, I hadn’t done enough running,” she said.
“I’ve done a bit more now and feel more confident. You feel a lot different on the start line because you stand there knowing that you have done the preparation.
“It was different for Beijing, but generally, I wouldn’t put myself on the line unless I felt that I was OK. There are always, in any marathon build-up, little niggles, any marathon runner will tell you that. But when you haven’t done the preparation, that’s when it’s really hard.
“I don’t regret going to Beijing. It was a million times better than watching it on TV.
Radcliffe will now set her sights on defending her New York Marathon title next weekend.
"The ten-mile BUPA Great South Run was just a warm-up for Radcliffe before the
more important business of attempting to retain her New York Marathon title
on Sunday. But in a year dominated by injuries and disappointment, this
low-key event probably served as her highlight of 2008 so far.
Certainly Beijing, where she trailed in 23rd, is unlikely to remembered with
too much fondness, although her participation alone was remarkable enough
after her preparation was hampered by a broken leg. After that, most
expected her to write off the rest of the year. Not Radcliffe, though, who
had returned to training almost immediately."