Kara Goucher

After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?

I am still driven to see what I can do. Maybe I’ll never set another personal record again, but if I could make another Olympic team, isn’t that worth pursuing? I believe I can still make a difference in the sport and that drives me. I’m just not finished yet.


How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?

I think about what I am still trying to accomplish. Sure, I have days where I just don’t want to run, but I’ve never been the type of person to not do it. I get out the door right away in the morning. I know if I wait until the afternoon I’ll dread it all day. I set my day up to succeed.


On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?

It totally depends on what I am training for. At the height of marathon training I might run 13 times a week and up to 120 or even 130 miles. Right now I am focused on shorter track stuff so I am only running 80 to 85 miles a week and doing 9 to 10 runs a week.


What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?

One time I was running in the mountains in St. Moritz, Switzerland and I came to a field with people playing Alphorns. It was straight out of the Ricola commercial. I thought I might be hallucinating, but then my husband came into the field and saw it with me. It was bizarre.


What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?

I keep it simple. Simple carbs. I’m a big toast girl. I eat a lot of toast. Toast with homemade chia jam, with cheese, with avocado, etc. I am really concerned with my hydration so I drink a lot of Nuun.


What's your favorite cheat food & drink?

I love good wine and chocolate. I have them regularly. I don’t really believe in strict diets. I think it’s okay to enjoy everything in moderation.


Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?

No. I absolutely hate being cold. It’s funny being a girl who grew up in Northern Minnesota. I used to be tough about the cold but I hate it now. I also hate ice baths. I recover with Zensah compression tights. They work like magic.


What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?

It’s a long journey so don’t try to rush it. Enjoy all of the little gains and victories. Appreciate all of the milestones.


What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?

I was proud to win the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters at the World Championships in 2007. It was a defining moment in my career. I never raced the same and I was always respected after that. There are other races I am more proud of but that race really changed my life in so may ways.


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