I cannot work right now. Between fan-girling over meeting Kara Goucher to the second cup of coffee, to being impressed by my very smart sister (she crushed her CPA exams…sorry Megnan cat’s out of the bag) to realizing that the marathon is TWO DAYS AWAY, it’s just not happening. Though not many people are in the office.
So the story behind meeting Kara is this. I was supposed to go to a NY Custom PT event where she and a few other elite runners were going to speak. Well, a work event popped up and I had to decline from meeting her and listening to their words of wisdom.
THEN I was supposed to do a shakeout run with Nike and New York Running Company/Jack Rabbit and Shalane Flanagan (co-author of Run Fast Eat Slow, which I own). The selfish goal was to go there and get her signature but then I would miss November Project. True, I do go to NP all of the time, but it’s also an epic morning before the race. So, I decided after getting back from the work/client event in New Jersey that I would wake up and bike to the gym, jog to Bethesda Fountain with my book, see some NP people and then go back to get Shalane’s autograph.
When I arrived and saw ALL OF MY FRIENDS there I knew that I couldn’t leave. Brogan and Bojan (and Brogan’s MOM and wife too) were there, people from around the country (and world) and yes, I did see and meet Kara Goucher. It was the best decision all morning, sorry Shalane.
Even if you don’t know who she is or anything she has accomplished, listen to her words of wisdom “Running has always been a relief and a sanctuary—something that makes me feel good, both physically and mentally. For me it’s not so much about the health benefits. Those are great, but I believe that the best thing about running is the joy it brings to life.”
^^ KARA IS SO NICE AND SUCH A ROLE MODEL!
What else has been going on in this life of mine? Lots of running (or really not so much running since the long long run), some volunteering, adventures to Brooklyn for hockey, a trip to Maine, and good times all around with good people – all things I hope to blog about in the near future. I definitely will have a Maine recap coming down the line.
The rest of the day will be spent possibly working, picking up my bib from the expo, and having dinner with Meghan at Meatball Shop. There are some awesome November Project/North Face events happening later today but seeing as I’ve gotten little sleep the last few nights, I need to be as anti-social as possible and just rest. Tomorrow I’m helping out with Kelly’s shake-out run, taking my family to the expo to spend my paycheck on race swag and then enjoying the last few moments before 26.2.
This is it folks. It’s been over 16 weeks of dedicated training and we are almost there. I’m nervous, anxious, and excited all at the same time.
“That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.” – Kara Goucher