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Interview With Kara Goucher on Taking Time Off From Running

When You're a Pro, What Does Time Off Mean?

Runner Kara Goucher made her marathon debut a year ago in the Big Apple, but she's skipping the New York Marathon this year. At the Nike Running Summit, she explained she wasn't planning on racing again until Boston because she's doing some planning of a different nature — family planning.

When you're an elite runner, skipping an event doesn't go unnoticed, making it difficult to keep it a secret that you're trying to get pregnant. Kara explained to me in a short but sweet interview that she's "taking a few months off to see what happens in her personal life."

But what does "time off" mean after running 120 miles a week? For Kara it means only running 30 miles a week, a number I would love to have as my hard-core weekly mileage. Although she does admit to getting a little softer now that she's only running a quarter of what she's used to, Kara's relationship with food hasn't changed, since she has always been "a healthy eater." Body fat is an issue for runners, but her attitude is pretty simple: "It is just weight and it will come off." Which is great since this runner, a proclaimed "queen of the 30-minute meal," is spending her newly found free time cooking, mostly Italian, and making sauces from scratch.

To see how Kara answered when I asked her if she could be an elite athlete in another sport, what would it be, just



She admitted that this was a tough question, but that she has always leaned toward tennis. Kara finds the combination of individual strength and one-on-one competition quite compelling. Then there's the fashion side of things: "They wear cool outfits."

Kara's long-term goal: racing in the London Olympics in 2012 and bringing home the gold. Go Kara!

Join The Conversation
jkat jkat 7 years
Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders ran the NY marathon without training in 3:37. Amazing. Elite athletes bodies and willpower fascinate me!
carmenspace carmenspace 7 years
Kara Goucher is amazing! She's one of my favorite female runners. I had the privilege of meeting Kathrine Switzer at a race, and I hope to meet Kara someday.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Oh, that makes sense.
gluegun gluegun 7 years
WOW I had no idea she was trying to get pregnant! I saw her speak the NWM and she seemed so sweet!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Fit, if you do, will you bring me? I <3 her ! isn't she so cool ?!
Fitness Fitness 7 years
runningesq — now I want to meet Bree Wee. Thanks for the link to her blog!
Fitness Fitness 7 years
Chloe, I believe her plan is if she doesn't get pregnant during this break, she will train for Boston. So she is giving herself a few month to chill out and see if she can get pregnant.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I wish Kara the best of luck on her family planning!
kia kia 7 years
Good luck to Kara and her hubby.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
LOVE her! Fit, check out Bree Wee --- she's a pro triahtlete with two little boys. her blog:
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I'm so jealous you got to meet her!!! She seems like such a genuinely nice person. How is she still planning on doing Boston (6 months away)? Or would she run it while pregnant?
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