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Friday, June 11, 2010

NYRR New York Mini 10K

Tomorrow is the big day. Thanks to my friend Jen, I have my whole routine down. I even know what I am going to have for breakfast tomorrow before the race! Of course I will be a nervous wreck tomorrow.  Thankfully, I will have Jen and Silvia to keep me in line. 

Tomorrow morning we are meeting in SoHo to catch a cab up to Central Park. I am so thankful I have such a great support team. They are amazing people, athletes and friends. 

In about an hour we are going to pick up our numbers. It is starting to feel real. I'm not going to lie, I'm a tad bit nervous already. 

For more information on the race you can go to the New York Road Runners website.

The NYRR New York Mini 10K will be streamed live right here at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 12. With pre-race interviews, live pro race coverage (featuring 11 Olympians), and a finish line cam, this is a race you won't want to miss.

This race is for women only.

Here is the course map. Hey, at least I'm going to get a great tour of Central Park! That is if I don't have to concentrate on my breathing and actually enjoy the run. 

Here is another article I found about the race from the NYRR website. 

Superstars, Friends, and Mothers-to-be Paula Radcliffe and Kara Goucher to Run NYRR New York Mini 10K Next Month

New York, May 10, 2010—World-class runners Paula Radcliffe and Kara Goucher, close friends who are both currently pregnant, will be special guests at the 39th running of the world’s original women-only road race, the NYRR New York Mini 10K, on Saturday, June 12.

Radcliffe, 36, of Great Britain, the marathon world record-holder and a three-time winner of the ING New York City Marathon, and Goucher, 32, of the United States, who finished third in the ING New York City Marathon 2008 and the 2009 Boston Marathon, are both due to give birth on the same date in late September. For Radcliffe and her husband, former British international 1500-meter runner Gary Lough, the child will be their second; they have a 3-year-old daughter, Isla. This will be the first child for Goucher and her husband, 2000 U.S. Olympian Adam Goucher.

Goucher and Radcliffe developed a friendship and became training partners during the first few months of their pregnancies this year, and they saw the 6.2-mile race next month in Central Park as a good way to get together before their traveling becomes more limited due to pregnancy. They intend to run, not race, the event that historically attracts a world-class professional field along with thousands of women participants. Radcliffe won the race in 2001; other winners have included Grete Waitz, Tegla Loroupe, Lornah Kiplagat, and Deena Kastor.

“The NYRR Mini is the ultimate all-women’s race,” said Wittenberg. “From its earliest days, it has been about women breaking barriers and women joining together as friends in running. The Mini is an event much more than a race. Some women have run it for many years in a row, throughout all kinds of changes in their lives. What a thrill to host two of the world’s best athletes, both of whom who have a fondness for this event, for women’s running, and for running together and through this exciting time in their lives during which running means something quite different then it normally does to these two professional racers.”

And here is my competition... maybe in my dreams. But, these are the top professionals who will be running. 

Wish me luck! I'm gonna need it! 

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