A lot has happened since I last wrote a guest blog titled “Colt Goucher Speaks.” After that post, the e*trade baby responded to my challenge to race him in a 5K. Our agents are busy working out the details for a big event sometime in 2025. Keep a close eye on this blog for more details!
I also learned how to crawl a few months ago and now I am working on the walking thing. I still need a hand to hold when I start to get wobbly, but I am training several times a day and plan on taking my first solo steps soon! I love the days when I get to go running with Mommy and Daddy in my stroller. I giggle and point to things as we fly by. When I can tell they are getting tired, I clap my hands and cheer them on!
Mommy (Kara Goucher) is getting ready to race a 5K in London and then the 10K at the World Championships in South Korea. I have been negotiating with the meet officials to let me contribute to the live commentary in the press box, but they are afraid I will drool on the microphone.
Daddy has been very busy not only helping Mommy through her workouts, but also working with my uncle Tim (They think I don’t know he’s not my real uncle.) finishing up his new book Running the Edge. Daddy reads me chapters and stories from the book every night after my bath because he knows it will put me right to sleep! The book is full of great stories but what it really needs is less about running, and more about me!
One of my favorite chapters in the book is called, “Then Comes the Hill.” It is about determination and tenacity and how if you want to be a successful runner, or successful in life, you need to practice determination. I wanted to show daddy that I was listening and learning from the book. I wanted to show him that I already had the tenacity of a great distance runner. Eating my first bite of egg yolk gave me that chance.
When Mommy loaded up the spoon with egg yolk and put it in my mouth, I knew something had to be wrong! This could not be real food with real nutritional value for a growing boy! It was so bad I started to gag. I could have spit it out but that would be like giving up in the middle of a hard workout just because it is uncomfortable. So like any good runner, I powered through with determination and “shook it down.” I got it in even though it was difficult. I did what my coaches asked me to do and lived to fight another day! Mommy followed up the yucky yolk with some yummy yogurt (my favorite) Boy did I needed that recovery bite to rest from what the yolk had done to me!
The lesson I learned from all of this? As a future runner, I know that not every workout will be easy or fun. Some will be agonizingly painful and difficult, but I know I have the determination to get them in and power through, just like I did with the egg. Check out this video to see me eating the egg yolk!
See Daddy, I am learning from your book! Speaking of Running the Edge, it is going to print next week but for now it will only be available on this blog, through www.runtheedge.com, or our facebook page. Hey, if the e*trade baby can promote something, so can I!
Starting today, anyone who pre-orders Running the Edge will get a copy autographed by both authors If you are extremely lucky, I might even drool on a copy for you! (Book scheduled to ship September 1)
Well, I need to get back to work on this walking thing. If I am going to destroy the e*trade baby in that 5K in 14 years, I need to keep training! Good luck with all of your running goals!
Colton Mirko Goucher
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