Role models are often people you see from afar and only hope to meet. In this episode I meet and talk with my role model, Kara Goucher, and see the real and vulnerable side of her.
This episode is for runners, mother runners, and those who know a mother runner.
We dive right into running and motherhood. Kara shares with us her thoughts on
starting a family while having a successful running career, and how becoming a mother has changed her.
She shares her personal experiences of lack of support and roadblocks with races and her sponsors.
Kara gives us some advice about coming back after having a baby. She shares what she would have done differently with her comeback.
We discuss the issue of her body weight that has been a topic throughout her career before and after her child’s birth.
Kara recalls her experience running at the Olympic trials and describes what she was thinking during the last 4 miles.
We discuss her reporting the Nike Oregon Project to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the possible repercussions it could cause her.
She gives us her views on what the sport of running could do to get out of the hole it is in related to doping.
Kara Goucher is an American long-distance runner. She won a silver medal in the 2007 World Championships in the 10,000 meters, and participated in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games.
What You Will Learn About
- What roadblocks and lack of support she has experienced with races and sponsors since becoming a mother runner.
- What the worst part of her career was.
- Why Kara gave up the last 4 miles in the Olympic trials.
- Why Kara is no longer with her sponsor, Nike, after 12 years.
- What advice Kara gives to those who are struggling or injured to keep hanging in there.
- What ideas Kara has on preventing cheating from happening in the sport of running.
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Losing my father at such a young age just makes me more appreciative of all the people I have in my life and all the time I have with the people I care about.
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