So this past Saturday I decided to do a 12 mile tempo run. I could not think of a good route so I decided that I would run to the Nike Campus and do some 400 repeats to break it up a little. The run was going great and I was happy with my pace. As I approached the track on campus I noticed an very fit woman warming up and then I realized that it was Kara Goucher. This is the 2nd time I have seen her but the first I time I was so star struck all I could do was smile with huge eyes I am sure. This time I was more nerdy but I had to talk to her. As I went by her I said, "I am routing for you at Boston." She got a smile on her face and said thank you. As I did my repeats with some of the other male elite runners blazing past me, I looked down at my Garmin to see my pace. It said 6:09!!! Nothing like some Olympians to motivate you to speed up!!!
Then my luck continued today as I again went to the Nike Campus for a little speed work and saw Shalane Flanagan with her coach and some other elite men. I did not have the courage to talk to her but I did smile and say Hi. Yes I am a big running nerd, I know.
So wish that I was running Boston again this year! You better believe that I will watch all of coverage I can find and I will be routing for Kara!