PAULA RADCLIFFE intends rein-venting her track career following her gold medal in the marathon at the World Championships.
The British superstar insists she still has a track future and the England and the Norwich Union GB selectors will be hoping she will defend her Commonwealth Games 5000 metres and European Championship 10000m titles next year.
Everything appears to be pointing in that direction after Radcliffe destroyed her marathon opponents with her gun-to-tape record win in Helsinki.
Victory proved she is currently the world's greatest over the distance and until Beijing in 2008 where she intends atoning for the heartbreak of failing to finish in last year's Olympic Games she has nothing to prove.
"You will see me running on the track again in the future," Radcliffe insisted after adding the world marathon gold to the three half-marathon and two cross- country crowns already in her possession.
"It is very important to me now that I have been successful on the roads," added Radcliffe,, a runaway winner ahead of Catherine Ndereba, Kenya's Olympic silver medallist.
Now the star looks set to change direction and again show she is a match for the world's top 5000m and 10000m performers.
"I'm going to go away now, relax and have my break and then make plans from there," said 31--year-old Radcliffe who will initially base herself at home in Loughborough, rather than returning to her Font Romeau training base in the French Pyrennees.
Husband and manager Gary Lough insisted nothing is set in concrete for the immediate future or next year where the Commonwealth Games and European Championships are high-profile meetings.
But following her robust victory three years ago in Manchester when she thrilled English fans with a runaway home win, Radcliffe has every reason for competing in Melbourne.
The Games in March offer the opportunity of defending her title there and then flying further eastwards to Fukuoka in Japan, to bid for a third world cross-country title.
The fact that officials of the New York marathon, which Radcliffe won after her Athens demise last November, were flocking around her following her Helsinki success, also raised speculation of another 'Big Apple' appearance..
However Radcliffe, who has contested two marathons this year, might consider a third pounding of the roads counter-productive to her health and future plans.
But Radcliffe and her team are also aware the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships take place on October 1 and even after the weekend's tiring efforts they might consider chasing the title as well.
She said: "It's definitely special winning here. It's right up there with running the world record. It goes with it.
"It's important that as world record-holder I can show I can win major titles as well."