Paula Radcliffe says she almost mised London Marathon finale

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SHOWS : LONDON, UK (APRIL 22, 2015) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAULA RADCLIFFE SPEAKING : ” Definitely looking a lot better now than it was even three weeks ago, so it was going really well and I went

Paula Radcliffe says she almost mised London Marathon finale

SHOWS : LONDON, UK (APRIL 22, 2015)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAULA RADCLIFFE SPEAKING : ” Definitely looking a lot better now than it was even three weeks ago, so it was going

really well and I went out to Kenya with the British team out there. I thought I was being really careful and not being caried away, but

I probably did start thinking about what times I would be able to run and what I might be able to do and then , because my foot wasn’t moving

properly and the trails are very rocky as well out there I just tweaked my achilles and I didn’t think it was that big a deal at first and the actual

tendon itself wasfine, it was just inflammation around there, and it took about six weeks to let it settle down and I’ve been able to run now

every day since Easter weekend, so not the ideal preparation, but at least I feel now I’m going in healthy, I’m going in unfit and unprepared

for a marathon, but I feel my body can remember once it’s out there how it’s supposed to do it.”

STORY : Paula Radcliffe has described how close she got to missing her farewell London Marathon.

Radcliffe, 41, who still holds the marathon world record she set in London in 2003, admitted on Wednesday (April 22)

that she feared a foot injury sustained while training in Kenya would rule her out of Sunday’s race. ” My foot wasn’t

moving properly and the trails are very rocky as well out there, ” she said. ” I just tweaked my achilles and I didn’t think

it was that big a deal at first and the actual tendon itself was fine, it was just inflammation around there, and it took

about six weeks to let it settle down. I’ve been able to run now every day since Easter weekend, so not the ideal preparation,

but at least I feel now I’m going in healthy, I’m going in unfit and unprepared for a marathon, but I feel my body can remember

once it’s out there how it’s supposed to do it.”

Radcliffe, a three-time winner of the race, says she plans to enjoy herself running behind the elite runners, including last year’s

champion Edna Kiplagat and fellow Kenyan and 2013 winner Priscah Jeptoo. Her time of 2:15:25 has stood now for 12 years.

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