Wisdom from Kara

First of all, I have the TV on for background noise because sometimes I feel funny being alone in our quiet apartment. Anyways, A Knight’s Tale is on and it’s the part at the end where he gets to compete under his real name (instead of his made-up knight name), and I am close to tears! I am both sappy and a sucker for watching any kind of inspiring sport movie, which I guess includes jousting.

As my running flame rekindles, I have allowed myself to start looking for inspiration from the best of the running community. While injured, I generally try to remove myself from keeping up with the latest running news because it is only a reminder of what I can’t be doing.

So, forgive me if I’m super behind here, but while catching up on some Kara Goucher videos, I came across an interview on flotrack.com from right before the Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston where she said some things that really resonated with me. She talks about really taking a look at herself and seeing she needed to make some changes and re-dedicate herself to the sport. It’s very worth the watch.

Now, I did NOT just have a baby recently like Kara did, so I have even less of an excuse to have lost my a little with my running. But I am hoping for a similar experience as Kara, in that I can look in the mirror, see what needs changing, and then do something about it.

And as much as I love Disney, I’m pretty sure my running dreams will take more than wishing upon a star.

Now all I have to do is get this foot healed so I can really get to work.

Speaking of Disney, here’s some fun pics of Jess and our respective hotties at The Happiest Place on Earth.

Matt and I with Mickey last spring at Disneyland.

Jess and Jason, pre-baby on board days.


10 thoughts on “Wisdom from Kara

  1. You’re smarter than I am to avoid too much reading about running while you’re out of commission… I think it just made more anxious to run, and bitter that I couldn’t. Then even a little bitter towards Ryan when he would come back from a great run, sweaty and full of endorphins.

    I’m really excited to see the Kara video (I can’t really get away with watching it at work, even though blog breaks are ok every now and then!). Kara is one of my favourite athletes, she’s so down to earth. You don’t have to have just had a baby to feel a little lost with running!! I think injury downtime is a great time to sit back and re-assess your running goals and where you’re at in relation to those goals… Sometimes when you get caught up in trying to fit everything into daily life this is something we don’t have time for and lose track of.. That’s the upside to an injury I guess, more time to consider these things. Hang in there! I hope you’re back on your feet and running again soon :)

  2. I feel like we need to watch movies together – I also watched a Knights Tale on tv not too long ago – one of my favs 😉 and I always cry and I am always so proud that his dad could be there!!!

  3. I love A knights Tale and Kara Goucher and I know for a fact you will totally get your running mojo back. I think you just have to have a lot of faith and know that you are capable of great things. I can’t wait to see what is in store with you and your running career.

    Love Disneyland and those pictures are adorable. :)

  4. I’m the opposite! Reading about running keeps my fire going. It reminds me what I’m cross training for. I love that piece of advice though! In the next month that’s a process I’ll be attacking and I’m scared, excited, happy, and nervous about it, but I just have to have faith in the process.

    and on Disney – I’m going in one month!! I’m SO excited!!

  5. I love Kara Goucher! I am like you, too. Whenever I’m injured I have to stop my daily visits to Runner’s World and reading runner’s blogs. I get upset and get more down about my injury so I do my best to avoid it. You’re going to do great when you get back out there though! I’m sure all this cross training is doing your body good.

  6. Cecily,
    If you get a chance to read her book, it’s well worth it. While what she’s saying at the moment pertains more to coming off a pregnancy, in her book she does talk about coming back from injuries after college as well. I found that she was easy to relate to (even though she is a running goddess — something I will never be!) and inspiring in the book. I’m a total fan of her right now, too. :) Thanks for posting the video — didn’t get a chance to see it before.

  7. ahh yeah, I know what you mean….It depends on how long I’m out of running, but right now its gotten to the point where I don’t really want to be reading RW or RT magazine or even reading a lot of the blogs that I used to – it’s hard for me not to play the comparison game and seeing other peoples’ great running workouts and successes makes me feel really bad about myself & current state haha. But I’m so glad you’re almost out of the woods and ready to do that check-in with yourself: when you CAN run, what do you want from it and how are you going to get it? etc. And you definitely don’t need an excuse!! Running is painful and it doesn’t love you back all the time – anyone, injured, preggo, or not, can fall out of love with it and I think every serious athlete questions their role in the sport at least once in their career – it’s a good thing!! I’ve been doing that myself lately, namlely kind of asking myself, “I’ve been struggling to come back to running for a long time with more setbacks than I ever thought possible – is this worth it? if it is, how am I going to make all this struggle and hurt worth my while and how am I going to implement what I’ve learned? am I ready to take more risks with this sport?”. Dedicating yourself to a goal takes a whole lotta guts, because its easy to get hurt (physically AND emotionally) so it’s important to be clear about what you want, clear about what the risks are, and sure that you’re ready to sign up for all of it. I can’t wait to see what you come up with and I’m so excited for your comeback!! I think it’s gonna be great :)

  8. Ugh. I hate when I write out a whole long reply and then my computer poops it’s pants. Anyway, I love the video and I’m so in love with Kara Goucher right now. I care that she is a mom!!! It makes me seriously idolize her right now, though I get what she is saying. I can’t wait until your foot heals so that you can feel and all the stuff she talks about feeling as you get your competitive spirit back and your game face on!

    I also love the dland pics… they make me wish we could all be back there again so bad!!! I think we should go again when you get home as a return to the USA party! By then we’ll have a cutie one year old to bring along… how awesomely fun will that be?! :)

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