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February 13, 2016

Post Olympic Marathon Trials Interview with Kara Goucher

Tell us about the race today…

I talked to my coaches a lot. We just thought, “no one’s going to PR today.” Kellyn Taylor would have to PR, they’d all have to be in PR shape on this day. I promised that I wouldn’t go with any move until the 20 mile mark, and I thought, maybe I’ll regret it, but… I ran out of gas too. This past week, my family got sick. We all got sick, but honestly, I have a hard time tapering, so it probably helped me.


I fumbled my second bottle. We were running high 5:30’s which is well within my comfort zone, but I could tell it was a tad harder than it should be. But it was hard for everybody. I don’t care how well you prepared for this, it’s hard for your body. It sucks for everybody. I just kept holding out hope that more people would come back to me. I knew… I don’t have to win, I just have to be top three. I pretty much knew at 22 that it wasn’t going to happen.

I was hoping someone would break in the race. That sounds awful, but there’s a dream on the line. I was hoping that I would be there, they’d be in over their heads. I was still fighting. But they were all composed until the end. They ran really great.


Being behind Desi, it gave me comfort that she was back there, but I had a race strategy and my race strategy was to run between 5:35-5:40 and don’t go too fast. I felt like Kellyn pushed it early on and it was too early to run that kind of a pace, and I thought there’s no way all those women are going to be able to maintain that. And none of them did, except for Amy, Desi and Shalane.

The team? It’s an awesome team. They’re all great women, who I’ve run with for years. There’s not a bad person among them. They’ve worked really hard, they deserve to go.

Any chance you’ll go for the 10,000m?

Yeah. I’ll be trying to make the 10K team. I didn’t work hard for nothing.


What’s your training and racing meant these past two years?

I’ve always been a dreamer. And this is the way I’m wired. And I love it still. I love racing. I love training. I feel alive when I’m preparing for something. I feel happy. And sometimes it doesn’t go the way you hope, but I have such a good life.

Mark and Heather have taken me back and turned my life around. Before, I was just depressed and disillusioned with the sport, and they gave me my life back. And I would do it again in a heartbeat, even with the same result.

I’ve been reborn.



Alicia | February 13, 2016 at 3:52pm

I'm so proud of Kara's fierce

I'm so proud of Kara's fierce race today and all the fantastic training she put in to get here. She's a hero!

Marlin McGowin | February 13, 2016 at 4:42pm

Todays Awesome Race

Congratulations to you Kara on your 4th place today, it was a hard race. Really enjoyed watching you run.

jm | February 13, 2016 at 6:35pm

I've never been prouder to be

I've never been prouder to be a Kara fan!!! I'm so inspired by everything she's done these past few years and how hard she fought today. Good things will continue to happen!

Neasa | February 13, 2016 at 10:46pm


What a face full of heart, grit, and effort from Kara. So amazing to see a Oiselle team out in full force for these trials. Amazing, all of you. So inspiring to hear Kara's redeveloped love of the sport. Thank you for sharing and good luck on the continued Road to Rio!

Aimee | February 14, 2016 at 7:46am

You are amazing Kara! You

You are amazing Kara! You are my inspiration to run. I can't wait to see you run for the 10k.

Julia Sanderson | February 14, 2016 at 8:42am

Kara, you're a class act and

Kara, you're a class act and an inspiration. I hope I can set as good an example for my boys as you are setting for so many others. No regrets, girl. And to the Oiselle team running yesterday--way to gut it out, y'all! #womanup

Rosie | February 15, 2016 at 10:09am

You are such an inspiration

You are such an inspiration and you did volee proud! The TN/KY group texted til the very end...and plan to do it again for the 10,000.

Beth Theule | February 15, 2016 at 12:55pm

It was such an honor to watch

It was such an honor to watch Kara battle her heart out. It was such an amazing race to watch. It was hot and brutal out there. The ladies all ran so wonderfully. Awesome job Oiselle!!!