10/6/08

Former Duluth resident Goucher wins 10-mile road race championship

"Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don't so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head." JOE HENDERSON


Former Duluth resident Kara Goucher seized the lead three miles in and ran away with the U.S. national women's 10-mile road race championship this morning in the first event on the day of the Twin Cities Marathon.

Goucher, who is in the midst of heavy training for the Nov. 2 New York City Marathon, covered the 10 miles in a course-record time of 53 minutes, 15 seconds.
It was also the fastest-ever 10-mile time for a woman in Minnesota.

"Oh, good," she said when informed that she beat the former top time by former Olympian Janis Klecker. "That's a really big honor."

Goucher, 30, took the lead from Team USA Minnesota runner Katie McGregor near the 3-mile mark, when both slowed slightly for water. McGregor, 31, who has won this race five times previously and set the former course record of 53:48 two years ago, finished second in 55:04.

"It was just one of those days I just really couldn't get it going," McGregor said. "She pulled away, Obviously, I'd have loved to have the race she had."

Goucher, who logged a 23-mile training run just six days earlier, said, "I thought I was going to run faster. Really, I think my legs are pretty dead. If I would have tapered down, I think I could have run two minutes faster."

Goucher expressed confidence that she'll be ready for New York City, where McGregor will also be competing.

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