Long distance runner Kara Goucher represented the USA two times at the Olympics (2008 Bejing, 10.000m, 2012, London Marathon) and won bronze at 10.000m in the World Championship in 2007 in Osaka.
After ending the partnership with her Nike coach, Kara preferred sponsor Oiselle because they put more emphasis on personal values like family and just feeling good. In stead of telling Kara what she should wear Kara participates in the development of new running clothes.
As Oiselle is a relative young and small company they couldn’t offer the same financial deal as Nike, but it couldn’t stop Kara Goucher to join them.
Fellow pro runner and running mate Lauren Fleshman had joined Oiselle a year before and her enthusiasm convinced Kara it was a good investment in her future.
Comeback New York Marathon 2014
Kara Goucher aimed at a finish time of 2:28 at the New York City Marathon 2014, but she hit the wall on the cold and windy day.
She struggled but finished in 14th place with 2:37. Kara was emotional afterwards:
“Am I disappointed? Of course! But I am not regretful, and that means I can move on toward bigger and better things. The hard part is that I know I can run 2:28 right now, and unfortunately I can’t show that. The marathon isn’t like the 1500m or even the 5k. I can’t go back out there 2 weeks from now and prove it to everyone. But I don’t have to prove it to myself. I know the work I did, the preparation I had. I know what I am capable of. Even though I didn’t get to show it on Sunday, I know who I am. And I am worlds ahead of where I was at this time last year – I am healthy and I am strong. “
” I am looking ahead to showing you an amazing track season. I am not afraid, I am not filled with regret, I am simply filled with gratitude and excitement for all the good things to come. And I wish you the best in your lives as well.”, she wrote on her blog.
I don’t think it makes her less inspirational. On the contrary!
For women who want to train for their personal best
Designed to fit your busy lifestyle, she wrote a book Kara Goucher’s Running for Women (affiliate link) taking their first step or preparing for a Marathon.
It is packed with quick tips, pearls of running wisdom, and sample training schedules and nutrition plans, as well as sections dedicated to running during and after pregnancy, managing the special challenges of the female athlete’s body, and maintaining a balance between sporting and family life. Kara Goucher’s Running for Women is the ultimate guide for women who want to train for the gold or simply discover their personal best.
Check out these resources (+ credits for images on Pinterest) for more info and inspiration about Kara Goucher’s life as an elite runner:
Kara Goucher’s blog
Fitness blog Austin 360
Duluth News Tribune
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