It looks like Kara Goucher has decided to race at Boston! Holy moly...that's pushing the post-baby fitness envelope, but if anyone can do it, she can!
An excerpt from the article:
Goucher, 32, who lives in Portland, Ore., will be running Boston for the second time, and will be running her first marathon since giving birth to her first child, son Colt, last September. She will make her return to racing on January 16 at the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon. In Boston in 2009, Goucher was still in the hunt for victory with just 800m to go, but faded in the final sprint against Kenyan Salina Kosgei and Ethiopian Dire Tune. She finished third in 2:32:25, just nine seconds behind the champion, Kosgei.
“I’m excited to be invited back on the John Hancock elite team,” said Goucher who holds the USA marathon debut record of 2:25:53 set at the 2008 ING New York City Marathon. ”The 2009 Boston Marathon stands as the highlight of my career. I wished that I could have won, but I did the best I could and Boston embraced me for that.”
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I am in awe of how quickly some women can rebound as elites.
This is going to be some interesting training to follow. As a mom who delivered a baby in late June and ran a marathon in the following early May, I can say that I think she can do it and do it well. But will she be in top shape? It's hard to tell right now. Who knows how much fitness she has maintained/regained? Regardless, I am EXCITED to know she's going to be there.
And what kind of year could this end up being at Boston? Could two Americans win?