Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Goucher Goes Back to the Drawing Board

"I wouldn't be surprised if she broke 66 (minutes)," - Alberto Salazar on Kara Goucher's fitness going into this weekends half marathon in Lisbon, Portugal. For the record, the current ratified world record is 66:25. oregonlive.com


Goucher was almost exactly on pace for an American record in the half marathon through 15k (~48:20, shooting for Deena Kastor's 67:34), but she began to show signs of distress in the final kilometers. Goucher's pace slowed considerably, especially in the final 1,000m, as her grimace became more pronounced. She finished in ~68:29.

This does not bode well for Goucher's confidence going into Boston. It will be interesting to see what Salazar does to boost her confidence. letsrun.com

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