Running Joyfully: Meet Kaitlin Goodman

2019 Beach to Beacon 10K road race | Photo by Kevin Morris @kevmofoto

Name: Kaitlin Goodman
Event: Marathon
Hometown: Davis, CA
High School: Davis Senior High School
College/University: University of California, Davis
Training City: Providence, RI
Accolades: Competed in all three major distance events at the 2016 Olympic Trials: 5k, 10k, and Marathon

How were you introduced to track/distance running, and what eventually led you to your event?

My dad introduced me to the sport – he ran in college at UC Davis (my alma mater!) and he’s been the xc/distance track coach at Davis Senior HS in Davis, CA for over 20 years. He was my first running coach, when I ran at Davis HS from 2002-2005.

What is your most memorable experience in the sport?

My most memorable experience in the sport was having all my family in the stands cheering at the 2016 Olympic Trials 10k. I couldn’t have gotten to the Trials without their support and belief in me and this dream!

What race are you most looking forward to in 2020 (not including the Olympic Trials / Olympics)?

All my focus has been on the Olympic Trials, so I have to say that is the race I’ve been most looking forward to. Beyond February 29, there will be many fun race opportunities; should I have the chance to return to the Bellin Run in Green Bay, Wisconsin, I always enjoy that event very much.

What is something not track/running related that are you looking forward to in the next year?

I’m looking forward to some fun, adventurous international travel with my husband – we will be going to Croatia after the marathon trials and hope to do some trekking in Europe after the track trials.

What do you like to do when you’re not training?

When I’m not training, I love hiking and being outside with my husband and our dog, Moose. Whether we’re hiking in the White Mountains, playing in the surf at one of Rhode Island’s beaches, or just walking in the woods, I love being active out in nature.

You recently started a non-profit, Safe on the Road, which promotes pedestrian safety. How did this come about and how can others get involved?

Yes, I founded Safe on the Road last fall. Safe on the Road was born out of my frustration with one-too-many close calls with cars endangering runners, walkers, and bikers on the road. In 2018, while I was out for a run on the streets near my home in Providence, I had to dodge out of the way of a distracted driver. The driver, looking down and unaware of pedestrians, nearly hit me — and while I was able to successfully avoid the car, I suffered a major injury in the process (partial tear of my hamstring tendon). This incident, combined with countless other runner, pedestrian, and cyclist stories about close calls and near-misses with cars, led to the creation of Safe on the Road.Our mission with Safe on the Road is to advocate for shared streets that allow all road users to use our streets safely. Through, education, community engagement, and policy advocacy, we seek to help stakeholders reimagine our streets so they meet the needs not just of drivers, but also of runners, walkers, and bikers. Interested people can get involved by joining our newsletter mailing list, joining our Policy Committee, and donating to support our work.

What advice would you give to your high school freshman self?

Have more fun! I took everything so seriously in high school, especially school and running, and that made XC and track races at times very stressful and anxiety-inducing. I would tell myself that running fast doesn’t have to be stressful – if you are having fun while pushing yourself and competing hard, you’ll get the most out of yourself and run really well!

Lightning Round

Favorite sport, not track? Swimming

Favorite pro sports team? San Francisco Giants

Favorite training shoe? Adidas SolarBoost

Best movie you’ve seen in the past year? Not really a movie person, but I love watching “This is Us”

Celebrity or Historic Figure you would most like to meet? Michelle Obama

Who is your track and field idol? Joan Benoit Samuelson

Give a shoutout to your supporters

First and foremost, my husband and family, and friends and teammates past & present! Special thanks to my sponsors, the Boston Athletic Association and Adidas, and to my coach Mark Carroll and my massage therapist Linda Jaros.

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