The new mom will be back to work in January.
American marathon specialist and 2012 Olympic hopeful Kara Goucher has announced that she will return to racing. Goucher has been on maternity leave and plans to run the P.F. Changs Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon on January 16 of next year.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Goucher, 32 years old, was ninth in the 5,000 meters and 10th in the 10,000. She was third at the 2008 New York City Marathon in 2 hours, 25 minutes, 53 seconds. This was the fastest marathon debut by a U.S. woman.
Goucher followed up in the marathon in 2009 by finishing third at Boston and 10th at the World Outdoor Track Championships. She returned to training in October after giving birth to her son Colt on Sept. 25.
Goucher, who lives in Portland, Oregon, was a NCAA champion while running at Colorado and is married to another former Colorado runner, Adam Goucher. She ran a half-marathon personal record (1:06:57) on a downhill course at the 2007 Great North Half Marathon in England.
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