NEW YORK — Paula Radcliffe has raced just once in the past year. No better place to erase the frustrations of the injuries and ailments that have sidelined her than the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Three times she has come in seeking to prove she remains at the top of her sport, and three times she has won.
Still, the world-record holder would rather not keep repeating this cycle of discouragement-then-redemption. She makes no secret of planning to compete through 2012, when she could win that elusive Olympic gold medal in front of her fellow Brits at the London Games. Radcliffe won’t rule out racing beyond that — it just depends on whether her body lets her.
“It’s that mental side, when you’ve done all the preparation and you can’t make it to the starting line — that’s what kicks you in the teeth each time,” she told The Associated Press on Thursday before speaking to local high school athletes at an event sponsored by Nike. “That will be what would make me say, ‘I can’t do this anymore.”…..Read More