This Sunday, Kara Goucher will compete in the TCS New York City Marathon. We will be live tweeting her race on Sunday morning.
BONUS: In preparation for an exciting race weekend, we got to chat with Kara about all things NYC marathon. Enjoy!
How are you feeling as you about to head into the TCS New York City Marathon?
I feel great. I feel healthy and excited. I know that I am not in the best shape of my career, but I am healthy and I have made the most of the last three months. I feel grateful to be running.
Which food do you like to fuel with the night before your race?
My first choice is rice, veggies, and fish. I’m easy though, and usually pasta ends up being the easiest to get.
What was your best training run leading up to the New York City Marathon? The worst?
Hmm, that’s hard to pin point. I had some good quality long runs that gave me a lot of confidence. I also had a set of kilometer repeats that made me feel fit. But I’ve also had some really windy long runs that really drove me crazy.
What’s your favorite segment of the course?
The last ten miles are the loudest. I like that way that it sort of builds over the first 16 miles and then it is mayhem when you come off the Queensboro Bridge. There is so much going on in the NYC marathon, the boroughs, the neighborhoods, the scenery is always changing.
Which flavor of Nuun will you drink while on course?
I will be drinking the Lemonade flavor. It is so light and crisp, perfect for race day.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions?
I like to listen to music to drown out the chaos around the start and just zone in on myself.
If you had to pick your favorite pump up song, what would it be?
The song I want to hear on my ipod before I have to go to the start is Chandelier by Sia.
Where will the “cheer zones” be for Adam and Colt?
They will be inside watching the live feed and then will come out to the stands when I have a couple miles to go. Adam will be a wreck.
What’s your favorite way to celebrate post-marathon?
I love to go out with friends and family who came to watch. I just want to be around loved ones.
What’s your favorite thing to do in NYC? (Not running related)
Go to new restaurants! There are endless opportunities. I also love a stroll through Central Park. It makes me feel like I’m in a movie.