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April 15, 2017

Do Not Open Until Race Day

Kara Goucher


Well, here we stand. 

On the starting line nonetheless. Maybe you’re facing your first 5k. Maybe it’s a ten. Maybe a half, or a marathon, or an ultra. 

Waiting on that starting line, you’re beginning to feel it. The anticipation, the doubt, the excitement, the energy. The definitiveness of what’s behind. The uncertainty of what’s ahead.

It hasn’t been easy. There have been workouts that tanked. Weeks with missed mileage. Tired legs. Hard sessions. The daily dance of life vs. the plan.

But there have been great moments too. The decision to race. The dedication to train. Miles where you felt like you could run forever. Even the bravery of this morning, where you put on your singlet, fought the crowds, and met your fate at the starting line.

And now it’s here. It is time. No more countdowns. No more workouts to nail. No more wondering, “Am I fit enough? Strong enough? Prepared for what’s ahead?”

This is what you have been waiting for. No doubt you are nervous, but know that you are ready. You earned this opportunity. And you were born to fly.

So, take a deep breath, look around you, and soak it all in. Relish where you are. Realize how far you’ve come.

You are ready. You are powerful. And you belong. 

Now, go get it.

Head Up, Wings Out.

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Mary | April 16, 2017 at 8:09am

Any chance to get Kara to

Any chance to get Kara to read her letter. So her fans can download & listen while running a marathon?? Just a thought

krissym112 | April 17, 2017 at 3:32am

Thank you

Kara, these words mean so much for each of us running. The self doubt that insidiously creeps in can be horrible, but I have trained and I am ready, powerful, and belong...I can't forget that. Xoxo