Sunday, May 1, 2011

My Perfect Mate---Kara Goucher!

So as a runner, I sort of have a thing for girls that run-or at least, any girls that looks as good as Kara Goucher. But aside from just the appearance aspect, this woman is incredible. 
Here's a little backstory: she grew up in Duluth and graduated from Duluth East High School back in 1998, so she obviously has a local connection to this area, which I think is really cool.  She won a few state titles in high school at cross country running and track and field-no big deal.  At the University of Colorado, Kara established herself as one of the best collegiate runners in the nation, winning NCAA titles in the 3000m, 5000m, and in cross-country running. In 2008 she competed at the Beijing Olympics in the 5000m and 10000m.  As if that wasn't enough, she's now ventured into marathoning and is considered the best female marathoner in the United States today.
I actually had the opportunity to meet Kara a couple days ago; she was at the Fitger's complex signing copies of her new book (that's right, she's an author too).  She was extremely nice, funny, and personable. What else could a guy ask for?  Oh, and she's married...

Kara's Personal Records
1,500m - 4:05.14 (2006); 3,000m - 8:41.42 (2006); 5,000m – 14:55.02 (2007); 10,000m – 30:55.16 (2008); Half marathon – 1:06:57 (2007); marathon – 2:24:55 (2011)

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