NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - When an Olympic athlete asks you to run, you don't say no, so I turned my All Business segment into an All Running segment with Kara Goucher, who taught her first class at Mile High Run Club in New York City.
Goucher started things off by confessing she has no idea how to coach. But she does have some experience both as a runner and a New Yorker. The two-time Olympian and World Championship bronze medalist was born in Queens.
Goucher decided to lead the treadmill class in a fartlek workout. Fartlek is a Swedish word for "speed play," and basically means alternating between running fast and slow, but not stopping. Goucher said her coach Jerry Schumacher used to say that you have to learn to recover on the run, which is what you do in a fartlek.
Goucher is also recovering right now. Less than two weeks ago, she missed qualifying for the Olympics in the marathon by one minute. She choked back tears as she talked about how hard it has been to deal with Olympic heartbreak.
Goucher said she knew that the minute she crossed the finish line that her dream was done. And while it was hard, she is glad she finished and gets to be the alternate on the Olympic team. She said she'd rather be 4th than any other place aside from 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.
She also said she has had more disappointments in her career than moments where she has actually hit her goals. Goucher said that's just part of running, and is why it's so amazing when you do hit it.
But Goucher isn't giving up on the Olympics just yet. This July, she will try once more to make the U.S. team in the 10,000 meters on the track. She knows her chances are slim, but says she was a World Championship medalist in the 10,000 meters a long time ago, and she is just going to go for it and see what she can do.
This past year has been a tough one for Goucher. Last June she came out and publicly said she stopped running with the Nike Oregon Project because she alleged Coach Alberto Salazar was violating anti-doping rules. It's a claim Salazar denies in detail on the Oregon Project website, but the USADA is investigating.
Goucher said it was scary coming forward. There has been backlash, but she is more at peace with herself now. She said she is a happier person and has a better relationship with her family. Carrying that secret around was just destroying her, and she has no regrets about coming forward.
She also has no regrets about taking a season off from competitive running to start a family, a tough decision when your body is your career. While she stopped racing, she didn't slow down entirely. Goucher said she ran through her entire pregnancy, even running and lifting weights on the day she went into labor. A week after her son was born, she was back at it again.
So after trying her hand at coaching on this day, would she consider stepping back from competitive running permanently and taking a day job? Not exactly, but Goucher laughed and said sometimes she thinks it would be nice to have a normal life.