Behind the Shoot: Kara Goucher

Go behind the scenes of our November/December 2014 cover shoot with Kara Goucher!

Last summer, Olympian Kara Goucher ducked into our Boulder studio, kicking off a 36-hour full-on fan-girl funfest. Following the cover shoot, we got to shadow the super speedy chick for our feature. We know—we’re almost jealous of ourselves! Of course, the natural beauty killed it during the photo session. Running so fast, she nearly charged into the camera. It’s no surprise this bird can fly.

Kara likes to rock Oiselle on top and Skechers on bottom. For the cover, she picked the New Charcoal Strappy Bra and Strider Short ($42 and $44, and GoRun 3 shoes ($75,

Our photographer started out the shoot with a mellow LCD Soundsystem vibe, but Kara wanted the hits! We switched to Top 40 to lift everyone’s energy on a drizzly Boulder day.

What does Kara love almost as much as running? We thought the speedster was kidding that she has a lip gloss hoarding problem, so she pulled out her purse to prove it. Yup, that’s a full half-dozen balms.

Kara’s fridge must-haves include spinach, yogurt, cheese and wine (natch!). At the shoot, we stayed sober with fresh grapes, sandwiches, hummus and carrot sticks. Kara split a turkey sub on wheat with her publicist and BFF Shanna, who also kicked it on set.

When we Tweeted about the cover shoot, one fan asked, “Why did you give her a spray tan?” Kara joked that everyone thinks she gets the faux treatment—in truth her flawless skin tone is the product of lots of running under the sun.