I hope you all are enjoying the Olympics as much as I am. I am particularly getting excited about the track and field events, which begin on Friday and the women’s marathon on Sunday. For those of you on the east coast, the marathon will start at 6:00 am EST (11:00 am in London). It seems Davila is still questionable. Sunday Hanson Brooks put on their Facebook page she would be dropping out of the race only to have to quickly take that statement down. Davila responded to that news with a tweet: ”Wow, news to me! Just finished with team doctor, taking it day to day. Will do anything I can to get to the start.” I guess you can call that a lack of communication between coach and athlete. It seems unlikely that there will be an alternate to replace her if she does decide to drop out. The 4th place finisher at the trials, Amy Hastings, will be running 10,000 meters so I’m pretty sure the marathon is not on her to-do list. I’m still crossing my fingers Davila makes it to the start line. She is such an amazing runner to watch.
Although there will be no alternate for Davila if she decides to drop out, Radcliffe is being replaced by Freya Murray. I had never heard of Murray so I decided to learn a little more about the Scots woman. She is 28 years old and was the second British woman to finish the London Marathon back in April. Her 2:28 finish in London was actually her first marathon and was fast enough to earn her a spot as an alternate in the Olympics. Murray also competes in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters and other than running, she works as a structural engineer. She has also won the Scottish Athletics National Cross Country title for six of the past seven years. How did she find out she would be competing in London? Radcliffe sent her a text message while she was out grocery shopping. I wonder if she put those groceries right back on the shelf and then headed straight home to pack…
Murray will be joining Claire Hallissey, who ran the London Marathon in 2:27:93, an impressive nine minutes faster than her first marathon back in 2010. I can only imagine the sadness Radcliffe is experiencing, but I’m certain Hallissey and Murray will do all they can to represent their country well. Sunday morning can’t come soon enough.
Happy Trails and Happy Running,