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.
Filed under: central park, elites, inspiration, ny harriers, olympics, racing Tagged: | adriana pirtea, benita willis, emily chebet, kara goucher, kim smith, lornah kiplagat, magdalena lewy-boulet, mini 10K, nyrr, paula radcliffe