05.13 2015

Just a little test

As most of you know, the last time I raced was a dismal performance at the 2014 New York City Marathon.  The race was a bit of a disaster, but I felt lucky to come off it without any real soreness or injury.  About a month after NYC I started to get back at it and doing easy track sessions.  I started to feel some pain in my knee.  At first I could manage it, but after spending most of December cross training and patching together runs, I realized something was very wrong.  In January I was having surgery on my meniscus.  This was a blow to my psyche and was not how I had envisioned starting 2015.

I was not thrilled being stuck in bed after surgery.

I was not thrilled being stuck in bed after surgery.

I started my comeback from surgery as quickly and as safely possible.  Then I had a setback when we had the snowiest February on record.  My knee was not happy about all the slipping, and I had to back off and cross train again.  During this time I made a promise to my coaches.  As soon as the knee swelling went down, I would come back as slowly as they wanted.  I would be silly conservative and I wouldn’t push anything.  My goal is to make a third Olympic team in 2016, so why would I be worried about rushing into fitness now?  The new goal became to not have another injury from February 2015 until the Olympic Marathon trials in February 2016.  The last time I was healthy for a full year?  That would be 2009, before my son was born.

Things have been going great and I have really been enjoying my training and running.  I have backed off in mileage and shifted to try to get a little speed back.  I had no intention of racing anytime soon, but the last few weeks I’ve felt pretty good and started to get an itch to get out on a track and see where I am at.  So, I am racing the 5,000 meters tomorrow night at the Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic.  I am not expecting to run the world standard of 15:20 or to even qualify for the national meet by running 15:26.  My hope is to run something around 15:40, dip my toe into the racing waters, get information, and go back to Boulder to put in more work.  I am excited to be spiking up, but this is the very first step in a long road back from nearly 5 years of injury and frustration.  Yes, I am hoping to only run within 45 seconds of my 5,000 meter personal best, but for me I am excited.  I am healthy, my training has been consistent, and I am happy.  As long as I stay this way, the next year could be my best in a long time.  Thanks for the support as always and hope you are doing great in your endeavors as well!  -Kara

Right before the stitches came out!

Right before the stitches came out!



  1. Courtney on May 13, 2015 9:18 am said:

    Good luck! 🙂

  2. Ahmad Anasri on May 13, 2015 9:29 am said:

    All the best Kara.

  3. Erika Whinihan on May 13, 2015 10:05 am said:

    Good luck on your race, Kara! Always rooting for you. You are an inspiration!

  4. Catie on May 13, 2015 10:08 am said:

    Hi Kara! That is great to hear you are recovering well and getting back to racing. I am having surgery on my meniscus next week, and I am very nervous how it will affect my running in the future. Did it take you while to get back to running after surgery? Now that it’s been a few months do you notice it during or after runs? Thanks for being such a fighter and inspiring me to keep my head up in times of injury! Best of luck—catie:)

  5. GMiller on May 13, 2015 10:31 am said:

    Good luck. Keep inspiring, keep running, stay healthy.

  6. Christine on May 13, 2015 10:38 am said:

    You got this! Thank you for being honest and real about where you’re at, it inspires me to keep moving towards my goals!

  7. Lauren on May 13, 2015 10:39 am said:

    Kara, I JUST got injured and sidelined for almost two months. Thanks for sharing this, it was just what I needed to hear (I’m wrapping my pity party up as we speak :)). Have a great run!! We are all cheering for you!

  8. JOYCE on May 13, 2015 11:09 am said:

    Good luck with the race and hoping for your continued healing so that we will see represent our country again.

  9. Allie on May 13, 2015 11:27 am said:

    I needed to read about being smart in training right now. Thanks for sharing this and GOOD LUCK!

  10. Sheila on May 13, 2015 12:11 pm said:

    My 18 yr old daughter is passionate about running but has suffered through one injury after another, and has watched one track and cross country season after another be thrown away. Kara, your blog is an inspiration for her! Because of your honesty in sharing your experiences, both physical and emotional, my daughter is finding it easier to stay positive and continue to look forward. She is learning to take the good with the bad and to not let the setbacks define who she is as a runner or as a person. Her passion for running is as strong as ever! Thank you so much for the positive impact you have on young women and young athletes. I hope you know what a difference you make.

  11. rick on May 13, 2015 1:02 pm said:

    Hammer a nice comfortable race pace. The journey continues.

  12. Jennifer Savage on May 13, 2015 1:15 pm said:

    You’re a rock star, Kara! Congrats and good luck! Sending good vibes your way:)

  13. Luke on May 13, 2015 1:25 pm said:

    Best wishes. Your determination is admirable. I recal your new year’s resolution to focus and train like the pro that you are. I am sure that you will achieve your goals and not only quslify for the olympics in 2016..but you can medal. Got for it…smartly.

  14. ImTheMarigold on May 13, 2015 4:15 pm said:

    Much love from a flock runner. I am right there with you on a super conservative comeback. I had my first “workout” in about 6 weeks tonight, after a few rounds of prolotherapy in my leg. Just a few laps in the pool but it was magic, as I’m sure your race will be tomorrow night. Big things in the future make the temptation of right now bearable. Head up, wings out!

  15. Bryant O on May 13, 2015 5:09 pm said:

    Run smart and enjoy your race! #runhappy

  16. Courtney Schobel on May 13, 2015 8:21 pm said:

    So so so so excited to hear you’re racing! i can’t wait to watch and see how well you do! Good luck! CHEERING from PA!

  17. Pat M on May 13, 2015 10:39 pm said:

    If there is a person who can come back strong, that would be. You have strong desire, strong will and resiliency. Be smart and take your time in your return. All the best and I believe you will make the Olympic Team.

  18. Barborka On The Run on May 13, 2015 10:53 pm said:

    good luck with your race! You are an amazing inspiration!!!

  19. Patricia Burgess on May 14, 2015 8:40 am said:

    Good luck! I tore hamstring 5 years ago after qualifying for Boston and NYC marathons (at age 58!). The recovery is slow and running non-existent at times. All kinds of treatment but ultimately, perseverance and willingness to keep trying at this incredible sport gets me through the pain and, at times, despair. You inspire many!

  20. Miranda H on May 14, 2015 9:04 am said:

    Good Luck! You are one of my running Hero’s and glad to know that you are taking the time to heal properly. Does anyone know if this race is going to be available to watch online? I love watching the elites compete.

  21. Barry Ault on May 14, 2015 1:08 pm said:

    Good to have a modest goal… good luck

  22. Cathleen K on May 14, 2015 2:27 pm said:

    Love it! Wings out and have fun!

  23. Christina on May 14, 2015 4:02 pm said:

    Hi. I’ve followed you for a very long time. I am only a year younger than you, but developed a nerve condition that prevents me from ever running again. I was not an amazing runner, but I could medal in normal 5ks, and I really loved it. I’m happy to be able to simply walk again, but I’m so glad you get to run still.
    I’m totally rooting for you. I hope that you have a great time, learn a lot, and come away feeling successful. I wish I could have the jitters of waiting for the gun to go off. Enjoy it!

  24. Rich Ripke on May 16, 2015 10:37 am said:

    I have meniscus surgery scheduled for June 1st. Will also follow docs orders to be back by the fall I hope!
    Hope to see you on the Olympic stage again soon.

  25. Maureen on May 24, 2015 7:27 pm said:

    Kara hearing you being patient and positive After 5 years of injury is really helping me as I just past 1 year of not running due to an injury. At times I wonder if I will ever run again.. I miss it like mad. So thanks for being so open, honest and an inspiration.

  26. Kevein Olaf on June 1, 2015 8:00 pm said:

    I think at age 38 it is time for you to step off the track…and get a real job.

    • Kevein, I’m sorry you feel that way. At 36, I have two very real jobs. Trying to make a third Olympic Team and raising a 4 year old son. But thanks for stopping by the website!

  27. Olivia Crew on June 2, 2015 2:56 pm said:

    Kara, I just found your blog and I LOVE it. You are inspirational. I look forward to seeing you on the Olympic stage!

  28. CSC on June 3, 2015 11:35 am said:

    Kara, please know that you are amazing. You don’t have to prove a single thing to a single person. Run free, and with joy, and with the confidence that comes from staying true to yourself. You will fly!

  29. Marilyn on June 3, 2015 7:11 pm said:

    Thanks for the inspiration Kara! You give me hope ; ) All the best with your journey! Hope to see you in Rio!

  30. Olivia Crew on June 28, 2015 10:18 am said:

    You are inspirational! This will be your best year yet, I know it!

  31. Gertrude on July 3, 2015 3:33 pm said:

    Run with your heart Kara and you will do awesome. I am cheering for you!

  32. Gertrude on July 3, 2015 3:43 pm said:

    P.S. I just read the rude comment from Kevein and your reply. Don’t listen to that jerk. He is just jealous and doesn’t even deserve to be on your website . Motherhood is a full time job in itself. I know as I have a young son too. And to train for the Olympic Trials Marathon is even more than a full time job. I totally admire you for that. You have an extreme talent and gift and you will make that podium at the Olympic Trials. I wish you the best of luck!!!

  33. Chu on July 16, 2015 7:31 pm said:

    America is lucky to have you. You are awesome! Train hard and “Rock you” at the Olympic Trials!!

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