Her name is Lindsay Goulet. She has a beautiful face, a ripped body, and she’s nice! I’m left with no choice but to hate her. Actually, I am one of Lindsay’s biggest fans. She is a constant source of running inspiration and a friendly reminder that I need to do more abdominal work. I sat down with Lindsay to discuss her life as an elite runner. She’s an expert so take notes.

As an elite runner, you are pretty much at the top of your game. What are your personal running goals?
Eventually, I’d love to qualify for the Olympic trials in the marathon. The next time is 2012 and the window opens up next Fall. The standard is a 2:47. My current marathon time is a 2:49.

What has been your greatest running moment?
The Marine Corps Marathon ‘08 was my greatest and worst running moment combined. I came in 2nd place. By 11 seconds! As the race started, my legs felt more tired than usual. But I hung in there. I was in 3rd place for most of the race. I passed one of the girls at mile 21, which definitely gave me momentum to keep going. Then I was one minute behind the leader. Everybody was yelling to me, “You’re one minute behind.” From mile 21 to mile 26, I slowly gained on her until I was just 10 seconds behind. She was within touching distance. During the last 2/10 of a mile, my calves cramped up and I couldn’t get her. It was a tough race.

Does it hurt more knowing you were so close to a victory?
Yes. If I had come in third or had been a minute or two behind I think it would have been easier to say, “Well, she was better than me and it wasn’t my day.” But to come that close and not win was very difficult. You can be perfectly trained, have everything working out perfectly, and just not feel great on that day.

What is your pre-race routine?
I lay out my clothes the night before. On race day, I wake up at 6:00 a.m. I like to eat an hour and a half to two hours beforehand. For the 10k, I don’t think it’s as important to eat that far ahead but definitely at least an hour and a half. Once I’m at the race, I warm up for about three miles.

What is your ideal pre-race meal?
I’ve gone through a bunch of different things. Currently, I like eating the Cliff Bar Kids, the little Z-bars. I’ll have one before a short race. Before a marathon, I’ll eat two. It’s important to make sure you’re not eating things filled with fiber. You don’t want stomach issues.

What are the common mistakes of runners?
When they start seeing success in their races, they start thinking, “Okay, more is better, and I’m just going to keep pushing it and pushing it”.  And then they end up injured. It’s a major mistake and it really does hurt their training. Also, people don’t pay attention to the smaller things like stretching and getting massages. I do ice baths in the summer after my long runs and after races. They are torture but it really, really helps my recovery and prevents me from getting injured.

Do you strength train?
Yes. I love doing weights, yoga, and ab work. It’s important to strengthen other muscles and keep your core and upper body strong. Strength is crucial during a race when you’re fatigued and your form starts to fall apart. I lift weights three times a week. It has definitely helped my running.

Have you ever had a bad day? Felt like taking a nap instead of running?
I have days during marathon training when I say to myself, “Oh, when is this going to be over?” I’m one to go out the door and then realize I “forgot” to do something. I will try to put it off every second possible. Even though I may not want to do it right then, I think of how much better I’ll feel when I get back. That’s what gets me out there and gets me going. It’s the feeling you get while you’re doing it and the feeling you get when you’re done.

Too many people don’t pursue their dreams because they’re afraid of failure. How do you stay driven and focused?
Running takes talent and training but a huge part of it is mental. Sometimes I struggle with that. I’ll think, “Oh, that person is better than me”. And then I’ll operate as if that person is going to beat me. But you can’t do that in running because you never know what will happen. You have to really believe in yourself and believe you can do it. Anything is possible!

The end.

When you see Lindsay running down the street, be sure to honk, wave, or throw money. If you decide to toss her some cash, make sure the bills are neatly rolled and secured with a rubber band so it will be easier for her to carry.

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