Babies On Board: "Gouchcliffe" Watch 2012
In January of 2007, World Marathon Record Holder Paula Radcliffe gave birth to her daughter Isla. Nine months later, she won the New York City Marathon.
Now Radcliffe (Great Britain) and Kara Goucher (United States), world famous marathon running women and prime candidates for their countries to win medals in 2012 Olympic marathon in London, are both pregnant and due on September 29th.
The two runners are now friends after they began training together in January of this year, around the time both found that they were pregnant. Radcliffe has been a natural advisor to Goucher, having gone through intense training in 2007 during her last pregnancy, famously running through the eighth month. The pair first met that same year.
The big question for racing fans isn't about the friendship or the children to come - it's about the ladies' next big races. Radcliffe is in her late thirties, considered to be on the elder side of a viable distance running career. Goucher finished third in two major marathons (New York 2008 and Boston 2009) and has a bit more youth on her side to prepare her to come back strong.
So what race will they do next? All Olympic marathon athletes must meet a qualifying standard, but how the team is chosen varies from country to country. Goucher must complete at least a half marathon to qualify for the US Olympic Marathon Trials on January 14, 2012 in Houston, and has spoken of running the Boston Marathon in April of 2011 - not quite seven months after her child is set to be born. Radcliffe hails from Great Britain, and while her biography is posted on the official Olympics website, it remains to be seen when she will prove her fitness before the Olympics.
PaulaWatch: 794 Days (until the Olympics start in 2012, as of May 25, 2010)
KaraWatch: 598 Days (until the US Olympic Marathon trials, as of May 25, 2010)