Mini 10K wardrobe plans

For anyone interested, tomorrow I will be racing the Mini 10K sporting black shorts, an Orangina-colored shirt, Asics Hyperspeed 3s and a stern expression. Maybe also sunglasses, although I don’t like wearing them when it’s too hot because my nose gets all sweaty and then irritated by salt (TMI?).

I spent most of the morning talking to the Mini 10K elites. They included:

  • Kara Goucher
  • Paula Radcliffe
  • Lornah Kiplagat
  • Magda Lewy-Boulet
  • Emily Chebet*
  • Benita Willis
  • Kim Smith
  • Adriana Pirtea

Somebody pinch me.

A preview: The highlights for me were Lewy-Boulet, who had a lot to say about fostering post-collegiate talent; Pirtea, a surprise showing who I didn’t research but got some great answers from in response to hastily improvised questions; Kiplagat, who as far as I’m concerned is the reigning Queen of Distance Running (or maybe Co-Queen with Catherine Ndereba) and who I could have spent all day asking questions of if she had let me.

Some news: Irina Mikitenko is out with a “back twinge” according to one of the NYRR media people. Too bad. I really wanted to ask her about compression socks, “good” vs. “bad” running form and other weighty matters.

I have no idea when I’ll get to post about this morning’s chats since tomorrow is a race and Sunday I need to get to work on my third Houston Hopefuls interview. And spend the morning shepharding Jonathan to and from a race in Connecticut. And some freelance work.

Then Monday I go back to my real job. And I have more freelance work starting next week. And then the Vermont Relay all next weekend.

Fucking hell. I have way too much to do.

Good luck to everyone racing tomorrow. I was excited about this race until I spoke to the elites this morning. Now I’m mega-excited. If you’re spectating, you’re in for quite a show. I am amazed at the depth of talent NYRR will have assembled on the starting line this year. Nice video with some history.

There will be a New York Harriers cheering section at Engineer’s Gate (90th and Fifth on the East Side) tomorrow. I don’t know what they have up their sleeves, but this tantalizingly cryptic message was posted to their message board this afternoon by one “tmk030”:

We have a special cheering approach planned for Saturday’s race that you don’t want to miss. While I can’t reveal the details because of the sensitive nature of the subject; this is one spectacle that you don’t want to miss. Meet us at the West 90th street entrance to the park right before 9:00 am on Saturday and participate in an event that will change the way Cheering is done for races in central park forever!

You’re going to like the way we cheer and I guarantee it!

* Who I think is more likely than not going to win, and I can say that because I’m not a real journalist but merely a journeywoman blogger.

6 Responses


  2. That’s some line-up. Looking forward to the chats, as soon as you can ditch some ‘real job’ hours. Benita is lovely if you get to chat to her one-on-one.

    Hard to pick, but I think Paula will be up there.

    • Ewen, you know Paula is preggers, right? She and Goucher are due on the same day. Still, I suspect they’ll both be running much faster than I am!

      Kristin/Jill — I’ll try to do the race justice in my report. Jill, it really is an exciting event. I admit I get caught up in the history of it, and having the elites and arm’s length in front of us is a unique experience. You should put it on your calendar for next year.

  3. Wow, so impressive Julie! I can’t wait to read all about it. I really love your Houston Hopefuls site. It really seems like you are having a lot of fun and getting a chance to do some very neat stuff.

    For some reason this race has been on my radar, have a great race today! I’m toying with the idea of coming up for this race next year.

  4. Call in sick on Monday and post your interviews with these women. Do you know why Kara didn’t run today? Is it because she’s preggers? (LAME!) I kind of want to be you talking to these elites, but I know I’d just get nervous and annoying. Better you than me then. I ‘ll just read your reporting.

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