Ever since I read that Desiree Davila and Meb Keflezighi were suffering from injuries and were questionable about running the marathon, I’ve been checking the news every morning for an update. So far it seems both runners are still planning to run, although they have a few more days to make a decision. Davila has been struggling with a hip flexor tendon injury and Keflezighi strained a muscle during the Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon back in June.
My heart was very sad this morning when I read that Paula Radcliffe would be dropping out of the August 5th race due to a foot injury. She is considered by many to be the greatest female distance runner and holds the world record for the marathon with a time of 2:15:25.
“I have been through the mill emotionally and physically the past three weeks, cried more tears than ever, vented more frustration and at the same time calmly tried every direction and avenue available to heal myself,” Radcliffe said in a statement. “As desperate as I was to be part of the amazing experience of the London Olympics, I don’t want to be there below my best.”
I remember watching the 2004 Olympics in Athens and when she dropped out, I cried with her. How hard it must be to dedicate practically your entire adult life to something only to not have it work out the way you were hoping in the end. But even if she never gets the Olympic finish she has worked so hard for, she still has quite a few accomplishments to her name. Other than being the female world record holder in the marathon, she has won the London Marathon three times, the New York City Marathon twice, and the Chicago Marathon once. In addition, she has won the Half Marathon World Championship three times and holds the world record in the 10,000 meters. I can only imagine how hard of a decision this was for her, but I still admire her for all that she has accomplished. She has had an amazing running career, and who knows that the future holds. I wish her the best and hope that she finds peace with this decision.
One more week to go until the women’s marathon… I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Desiree and Meb!
Happy Trails and Happy Running,