I got two new books this week: Olympic Marathoner Kara Goucher’s Running for Women and Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington’s A Life Without Limits. For me, as a runner and triathlete, both of these women provide inspiration. They have both endured setbacks and suffered hardships, but have persevered and pulled through – Chrissie winning for the 4th time at Kona last October, Kara qualifying in January to run the marathon for the USA at this year’s Olympics. Admittedly, as a Brit and a HUGE Paula Radcliffe fan, I’ll be routing for Paula in London, but will cheer on Kara and the rest of team USA as well!
What makes these books even more special is this:
I had the amazing privilege of meeting Kara Goucher at Monday’s Bolder Boulder 10K. She is down-to-earth, witty, and genuine. She chatted with RunWiki and me like we were old friends. She didn’t rush to sign our books and move us on, but sat back, looked us in the eyes, and seemed to really enjoy talking with us. Either that, or she’s a really good actress.
Now I’m off to read a good book or two!
Who is your inspiration? I’m just as likely to be inspired by a non-superstar athlete, but meeting an Olympian is totally cool and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit starstruck! I asked Kara how her preparations for London were going. What would you ask Kara or Chrissie if you met them?