"Mapping out goals for the Olympiad just begun, U.S. distance running’s fastest couple, Adam and Kara Goucher, are talking 10K, marathon and an even bigger personal aspiration: parenthood.
Kara Goucher (left, competing at 2006 World Cup in Athens/photo by Paul Merca), who ran the fastest-ever debut marathon by an American woman (2:25:53) as she placed 3rd in New York last fall, says their baby wish set in motion her plan to race the 26-miler this spring at the Boston Marathon, rather than wait for a fall race.
Alberto Salazar, coach to both Gouchers, believes track skills and experience are crucial for marathon development and prefers a one-marathon-per-year schedule for maximum results and career longevity. But he made an exception in Kara’s case.
"Originally we weren’t going to run another marathon for at least a year," Kara told Sieg Lindstrom of Track & Field News, "but Adam and I kind of want to start a family so we just decided it would be better to get another marathon in at Boston and get that experience in and then we’ll see what happens from there: maybe take the spring off."
Kara is entered in the mile at Saturday's UW Indoor Preview meet at the Dempsey Indoor, where she'll face Seattle Pacific's 2007 NCAA 1500 meter champ Jessica Pixler, and University of Oregon All-American Nicole Blood.
Goucher added that she will run a few indoor track races, including the Millrose mile, as part of her buildup to the big race in Beantown. Adam Goucher is back in training 3 weeks after an operation to remove a surgical screw from the navicular bone in one of his feet