As if to taunt me in my aspiration for Kara Goucher's legs without the hassle of Kara Goucher's mileage, Runner's World had to go and put her on the cover.
Don't get me wrong, though, I love Ms. Goucher. She shares the weird name of my undergrad alma mater, and has the chutzpah to shoot for a win in Boston after her stunning debut at the NYC Marathon in the fall.
And the dimples. My girl crush on her is in full force, only amplified by a quote from her in the RW feature that has her telling all of us she wants to get pregnant right after Boston. Only professional running makes space for women to have babies and return to racing without assuming their competitiveness somehow escaped their bods with the placenta. Love. It.
There are two consolations for me when it comes to watching the marathon from the sidewalk in a few weeks. One of them is running Jessica through the hills from Newton to Boston, which is the least I can do for her after she hosted me in Phoenix. The other thrill is the opportunity to see the elites race by, since I've always been several hours behind them on the course. I can't wait to see Kara's legs just after she's hurdled herself down Grossman's hill in Wellesley. Will I even see her legs, or will they be turning over too quickly?
Kara's legs, along with Kara's commentary, are featured in this video from Flotrack, shot during a training run on the course that she did in February. Boston runners get to see what the course looks like, and we can all enjoy her fearless run alongside Route 16 traffic. I tried my darndest to embed the video here, but my method of hopping up and down and yelling "Embed, damn it!" was ineffective, so click the link above.
Watch the whole thing to hear the fabulous closing comment on the location of the finish line. I'm pretty sure that while the giant banner is a good indication on race day, almost every runner thinks the same thing at the end of the course. Priceless.
My long run this weekend: 14 miles, 1:57, 8:21 pace. A ways off race goal pace of 7:37, but we're a ways off the race, too, so I haven't lost faith.