Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It's a Rockin' Rollin' Goucher-Filled Weekend

Liz and I can hardly contain ourselves. In fact, I was on the edge of my seat ready to post this information as soon as I found out a few weeks ago but was afraid it wasn't official yet and I could be spilling the beans on news that wasn't quite ready to be spilled. But nevertheless, the release is out and most people know that we have a reason to be getting excited in Chicago this weekend. Kara Goucher is coming! And for once we won't have to do any double takes when we see runners who remind us of Kara hitting the Lakefront Path because she'll be here in person, headlining Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon (yes, to us at Fit-Ink this far eclipses the bands along the course and blues singer Susan Tedeschi post-race).

Remember our obsessions back in April when she ran Boston? We battled over the Kara love with Paul at runboston09.com and sported Kara tees. Liz got to interview her twice (lucky girl; click here and here to read) and Kara's wardrobe secrets were uncovered (maybe not so secret but we thought they were special). Maybe we'll see those flag barrettes and LunaRacers again--thank goodness the arm warmers and gloves can be stashed in the Windy City. Or will she be sporting some new gear? Tune into the action either online through a live webcast at competitor.com beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 2, or along the course on the streets of Chicago or the Lakefront.

Thank goodness she didn't hang up her running shoes just yet for a baby break...I'm hoping for Kara domination on Sunday. She already won the 5,000m at Nationals in June and is preparing for the World Championships in Berlin later in August, but a win would be sweet. I sound like a sap but I couldn't bear to see a heartbreak at the finish line as we all saw in Boston.

But before the big race day, I've turned on the radar, armed for any Kara sightings. Here's to only being so lucky. Go Goucher go! Photo grabbed from zenkerf at flickr. Posted by Kate

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