By Joe Becker
Track Star Kara Goucher of Portland is making the jump to the Marathon and she leaves next week for New York City. Kara is one of america's best runners and she has her sights on the very top. I sat down with Kara this afternoon over at Nike for an interview we ran on KGW. It is going to run again this weekend on the sunrise show...and i'm going to run more of the interview next week.
It was a beautiful afternoon...but Goucher said she was going to spend it napping.
She had worked out in the morning and spends hours training.
The 30 year old Goucher won the 5-thousand Meters at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene this summer and finished second in the 10-thousand. However, she failed to medal in each event
at the Olympics in China.
The New York City Marathon is going to be her first marathon...and says the training has been enjoyable..."...I have enjoyed training for this so much, it's been so rewarding and no matter what happens it's been awesome," said Goucher.
Her coach is legendary runner Alberto Salazar, who knows a thing or two about marathons. He won at Boston and has won the New York City Marathon three times and feels Goucher has the ability to rise to the top of the sport..."I told Kara," Salazar said, "You have a chance at medaling at 5 and 10 if you stay there, but in the Marathon, you can be the best in the world. I think she is that good and that suited for it.'
Only time will tell...and Kara has time. Many marathoners run their best races in their mid to late 30's.