Duluth native Kara Goucher of Portland, Ore., was in Duluth as a guest speaker and race course radio commentator during Grandma's Marathon weekend June 18-19. The U.S. track Olympian and marathoner indicated at the time she'd been dealing with lower-back pain, the result of being six-months pregnant, and said she would be having surgery on her right big toe to eliminate a bone spur. The toe surgery was last week and if you'd like to hear ALL of the details you can to Competitor.com and read about it on Goucher's blog here.
For something QUITE A BIT LIGHTER, there is a great video, a woman-to-woman, completely-for-laughs, exchange between Goucher and sometimes training partner and one-time Olympic teammate Shalane Flanagan, now also living in Portland. Goucher said she was a little nervous about doing the video and asked her employer, Nike, about the project and was given a solid green light to go ahead. That video is here. The Goucher-Flanagan toe-to-toe verbal exchange starts about 3 minutes, 55 seconds into the video.