Kara Goucher raced the Houston Marathon Sunday morning and unfortunately didn’t finish due to a flare up in her hamstring. She posted on Twitter post-race that after 16 miles of running she felt an old injury come back to haunt her. “After 16 miles of loving every second and feeling confident I was going to run in the mid to high 2:30s, I started to feel an old hamstring injury from 2015. I told myself it was in my mind but 2.5 miles later I had trouble putting weight on it.”
Thank you for all the belief the last few months and days. I am so disappointed to not achieve my dream of finishing the marathon. Thanks for all the concern- old injury showed up today and stopped me. More info below. Thank you @HoustonMarathon for your wonderful hospitality.❤️ pic.twitter.com/ank98KdTDw
— Kara Goucher (@karagoucher) January 20, 2019
After what seemed like professional running retirement, Kara Goucher announced in November that she would be running the Houston Marathon in January. Goucher is a World Championship silver medallist, two-time Boston third-place finisher and an American distance running legend.
The Houston Marathon and Goucher have some history. It’s where she made her second Olympic team seven years ago. She said in a Instagram post in November: “I have no racing requirements in my four sponsorship/partnership contracts, I no longer feel like I need to prove anything to anyone, this is just for me. For my joy of running, training hard and running the marathon.”
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Today was my last Sunday run of my buildup and I’m feeling a little sad that this training block is coming to an end. This is not the first time I’ve felt this way. When I train hard and enjoy the process I feel this way. So a big thank you to @trackjenny @sarasutherland_ and @cubuffstrack for pushing me and lifting me during this training cycle. I really appreciate it. ❤️ Let’s do this Houston! #runhou
While the race wasn’t what she had hoped for, she said on social media that she’s very thankful for the support she’s recieved. “Hands down the worst part was not being able to finish for all of you who have been so kind and supportive throughout my career and for my coaches and family who were here supporting me.”
Goucher’s post has received an outpouring of support. While the running community doesn’t know exactly where Goucher’s running career is headed, we’re excited to find out.