by Kara Goucher | Aug 31, 2011 |
I just finished up my season by running at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. I didn’t have the end result that I was holding out hope for, but I have no regrets for giving it a shot.
I arrived in South Korea and trained for a few days in Ulsan with the British team. This allowed Mo [Farah], Galen [Rupp], and I to stay together with Alberto. The British staff and athletes were extremely friendly and welcoming.
After a few days I moved on to Daegu. It was great to be around the U.S. athletes that I have become friends with over the years. Adam Nelson and I traded photos of our children while I was visiting the chiropractor. Jenny Barringer Simpson and I caught up at the practice track. And Sanya Richards-Ross and I exchanged hugs in the bathroom at the stadium.
The stadium was beautiful and as I was warming up I was focusing on my race plan–not giving up. My hip was tender, but as I ran around the warmup track, I didn’t feel a hitch in my stride. As we started the race I felt excited. Although my hip was hurting my stride was even–maybe I was going to pull this off!! But after about 5 laps the all-too-familiar painful laboring of my left leg set in. I just stayed focused on my goal–don’t give in, no matter how far back I fall. When I got lapped by the lead pack with about 2-1/2 laps to go, I cheered, “Go Sally!” and then kept going. I ran as hard as I could. In fact, I hobbled past two people in the last two laps. I was 13th, and way off a PR, but I hit the goal I had set for myself. I absolutely never gave up in the race.
After the race, as I changed out of my spikes and into my sweats, I told Shalane Flanagan that for the next two or three weeks I am “wearing my mom jeans.” I am only two days in, but already having a ball filling my day with Colt. Yesterday we went to the mall to buy him new clothes (he’s growing so fast) and today we went to the zoo. Tomorrow we have a date at the park to feed the ducks. I love being with Colt and I know that this time away from running will allow me to heal.
I am looking forward to next year and focusing on the marathon. I believe that it is my best event and I am excited to dedicate myself to it fully in the fall. But I’m really enjoying my time with Colt right now, he is so much fun!
PS. I would like to nominate Adam for Husband Of The Year. He was in Daegu for only 48 hours before he had to turn around and leave. He said there was no way he was missing me race at World Champs. How amazing is that?!?