Welcome to FOMO Sapiens, the podcast that explores the minds and habits of entrepreneurial thinkers who don’t just follow the crowd, but instead take their own path to success in business and in life.
This week we sprint into the life of Kara Goucher – an acclaimed long-distance runner, two-time Olympian, former member of the elite Nike Oregon Project, and now a published and best-selling author. Join us as we discuss her new book “The Longest Race” and delve into her inspiring journey of self-discovery and independence. We’re also joined by her co-author, acclaimed sports journalist Mary Pilon.
Goucher, one of America’s most distinguished long-distance runners, opens up about her time at the Oregon Project, the high-stakes and intense culture fostered by the high-profile Nike running team. She reveals the challenges she faced – a complex web of exploitation, high expectations, and a fight for her own identity within the fiercely competitive landscape.
Hear first-hand about her tumultuous journey to the top, the resilience it took to overcome injuries, self-doubt, and the intense public scrutiny of being an Olympian. Discover how she navigated this difficult terrain and emerged stronger, finding her way back to her true self and standing strong in her independence.
In “The Longest Race”, Goucher unpacks these experiences with unflinching honesty, offering readers a rare glimpse into the life of an elite athlete. This episode isn’t just about running; it’s about the endurance of the human spirit and the power of self-belief.
Whether you’re an athlete, an aspiring runner, or anyone seeking to overcome personal challenges, this episode is brimming with invaluable insights. It speaks of resilience, determination, and the journey to independence that can inspire us all.
Don’t miss this fascinating exploration of Goucher’s life beyond the race track. Remember, FOMO may be universal, but the courage to chase after what truly matters is within us all. Tune in this week on FOMO Sapiens!
Meet our guests:
Kara Goucher is an American long-distance runner, three-time NCAA champion, two-time Olympian, winner of the silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in the 10,000 meters, and a podium finisher at the Boston and New York Marathons.
After more than a decade as a Nike athlete, Kara is now sponsored by Oiselle and Altra and is a cofounder of the Clean Sport Collective, an anti-doping initiative.
She is a running analyst for NBC Sports, cohosts the hit running commentary podcast Nobody Asked Us with Des & Kara, as well as the Clean Sport Collective podcast, promoting fair play in sports.
She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her Olympic-runner husband, Adam, also an elite runner, and their son, Colt. Her website is KaraGoucher.com.
MARY PILON is the New York Times bestselling author of The Monopolists and The Kevin Show. She cowrote and cohosted the audiobook TWISTED: The Story of Larry Nassar & the Women Who Took Him Down and coedited Losers: Dispatches from the Other Side of the Scoreboard. She previously covered sports at The New York Times, business at The Wall Street Journal, and worked as a producer with the NBC Sports Emmy–nominated team at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Her work regularly appears in The New Yorker, Bloomberg Businessweek, NBC, The New York Times, Vice, among other outlets.