One thing is for sure about American distance-running ace Kara Goucher: She's a serious competitor.
The Duluth News Tribune is reporting that Goucher had considered running the 10,000m event at the U.S. Track and Field Championships on Thursday and then lying in a van while her mother drove her the 395 miles to Duluth where she wanted to race in the U.S. Half Marathon Championships on Saturday, an event that Goucher won last year in 1:09:46.
Not surprisingly, this bold plan was shot down by Goucher's coach, Jerry Schumacher.
"That was a career highlight and I'd love to come back rested, and put that [course] record away for good," said Goucher of the Duluth Half Marathon.
But it appears Goucher is focusing all her efforts on the track, where she hopes to represent the United States at the World Championships this August in Moscow.
On Thursday, she will square off against training partner Shalane Flanagan.