I have been lucky to see both Adam & Kara race well, and also have those tough days. On my mantle at home, I have an autographed shoe from Adam Goucher, from way back in 1999. I have been fortunate to see Kara work out and also watched her race, giving it her all, on that day. Nothing asked, nothing given.
Adam & Kara Goucher have both had the Miles of Trials and the Trials of Miles as writer John Parker, in the cult classic, Once a Runner, described the experiences on the road and track.Their books, Running the Edge and Kara Gouchers’ Running for Women, are, per our reviewer, Jeff Benjamin, chock-full of tips to make your running better and to learn from their experiences.
Both Adam Goucher & Kara Goucher are at crossroads: different places in their careers and now, with a son. Their books, quite different, should be on any coaches bookshelf (or athlete). Jeff Benjamin, a long time writer for both American Athletics (now American Track & Field) and runblogrun.com will tell you why:
beginners, both young and old, to find their one treasured,
inspirational book which can turn a person into a successful runner!
Many books have been written about either one specific topic pertaining
to sucess ( Diet, nutrition, stretching, strategies, workouts,
psychology) or taking these topics and putting them into one vast book.
Other great running books have included biographical works of the great
champions of the sport, which can inspire as well.
Adam and Kara Goucher
have decided to change that format. One of Americas’ most well known
running couples, the Gouchers (who have both qualified to compete in the
2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials in Houston in January) , along with
their friends, have published one book each with the concept of trying
to spread runnings’ gospel to the masses by attempting to incorporate in
their books all of the facets listed above, which is no easy task.
Despite their different writing and conceptual approaches,these books
combine to do that extremely well.
class runner, has embarked to be the bearer of spreading the idea of
achieving success in running, predominantly for women. Written with Adam
Bean, Kara’ Goucher’s Running for Women is part biography as
Writing of her early developing years in the sport going back to
adolescence, Kara also interjects through her own development with “pit
stops” in the book where she then writes about a
time. Kara also answers certain questions about training and other
issues in these “Dear Kara” boxes in which a runner can find solid
answers to many common and uncommon questions.
This adds to many pauses
in the book, but, like in running a marathon, the pauses are of great
benefit filled with great knowledge from such a great competitor. It
also gives the reader a chance to totally absorb what Kara is tying to
get across, and, after digesting it, moving on to the next stop!
Included in these pauses are inspirational quotes, which are sprinkled
throughout the book by some of the greats in the sport, such as Emil
Zatopek, Billy Mills, Tom Fleming, Lynn Jennings, David Bedford and
runners will find benefits as well, especially when it discusses
strategies, training surfaces and nutrition. The quotes and questions in
the book transcend the genders as well, and may also be of benefit for
the male coach of a female athlete or team. Kara definitely gets across
to the reader about what a great ride she has so far in the sport, and
how the reader can join the fun as well!
Their opening chapters in the book pertain to very little about running
but rather these traumatic, upheaval type experiences in their lives
which are told in a forthright manner.
Both Adam and Tim show that despite
these terrible episodes where lives were shattered (particularly in
Adam’s situation), both of them, independent of themselves sought to
find a positive quality in which they can escape from these instances.
They succeed, and claim that these situations, and their qualities to
fight off the shocking effects of these things, ingrained in their
psyche a desire to not only transform themselves into better runners,
but into better people as well.
Using their concept of the “Six
Mirrors” derived from psychology, Buddhism, Alcoholics Anonymous, and
other influences, they bluntly, yet encouragingly, explain how they, and
anyone else, will be able to do this.
Tim combine all these “ingredients” into a firm belief in its’
success.To back up their philosophies, they rely upon their own future
attempts at greatness.
They also show how other elite athletes such as
Alan Webb, Paula Radcliffe, Chris Solinsky, Galen Rupp and others, in
their first person paragraph accounts, show their physical and mental
well-beings having a link, sometimes very directly, to the concepts
promoted by Adam and Tim.
combination of the Goucher’s dual books, are an essential part to any
runners’ library, whether male or female. While there is no so-called
“magic workout” written about in these books, Kara, Adam, and friends’
contributions to the mental and preparation aspects are of enormous
However, the reader must be willing to buy into what the books
are trying to tell. Although in different styles, both books should be
able to achieve that for the reader. Most experts in the sport will tell
you that running for a goal requires just as much, and maybe more
mental than physical ability. With both of the Gouchers’ books in tow, the reader will feel, on a variety of levels, that nothing’s going to
stop them,or you, now!
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