07.09 2014

Time Flies

Wow, I can’t believe it has been nearly 4 months since I received the bad news of my sacral stress fracture. As it turns out, time flies- even when you are injured!
I have been extremely busy the last few months. I caught up on visiting with friends and family. I took care of a few photo shoots. I was a fangirl at the Boston Marathon and the Payton Jordan Invite. I flew to Seattle to get down and dirty with Nuun and Oiselle. I rehabbed and cross trained like a champ. And most importantly, I finally got Podium Retreats with Kara Goucher up and running.

Colt keeping me company during one of my AlterG workouts.

Colt keeping me company during one of my AlterG workouts.

First things first. I am healthy! After a couple of months missing running like crazy, I am back up and at it. I started out slow on an AlterG treadmill at a very low body weight percentage, but over the course of a few weeks I built my strength up and on June 2nd I ran my first steps outdoors. I have carefully and methodically progressed and am thrilled to report that I ran 82 miles last week! I’m still doing a little bit of it on the AlterG, but I have started to introduce harder sessions and long runs. I am so happy to be back running and training. Although I accomplished a lot in my personal life while I was injured, I crave my training blocks and preparing for a big race goal. I worked really hard at my rehab and continue to do so. One positive thing to come out of all of this? I finally addressed weaknesses that I still have left over from my pregnancy. And Colt will be 4 this September! I am feeling really lucky to be getting back into a heavy load as the summer is starting. The weather is beautiful and I appreciate every run I am able to do. I know that some day I’ll be about to start a 20 miler and be dreading it, but so far the novelty has not worn off. I’m feeling so blessed to be able to do what I love.

But, if being injured gave me one great thing, it was that I finally took the plunge and got my Podium Retreats going! I have dreamt of doing a running retreat with women for about 3 years now. A few years ago I started to appreciate the really strong connections with runners and fans that I would meet at races and expos. I was reminded of how connected we all are and I started to want to help other women feel empowered and capable. I asked a few friends of mine with amazing skills (other than running) if they would be willing to participate and help educate, and then I let it sit on the back burner. I honestly didn’t know if the retreats would ever evolve into more than just an idea, but during this injury I finally got the nerve to get it going. Encouragement from a few good friends, and especially my husband Adam, made me realize that even though it was scary to put on such an event, I really wanted to host it. And so with a lot of work, and a few frustrated tears, Podium Retreats with Kara Goucher was born. The first one is being held in Napa, CA next month and we still have a few spots available for registration.


Why Napa? Well, after living in Oregon for a few years, I have learned to love and appreciate wine and sharing it with my girlfriends. I still can’t believe that it has all come together and I can’t wait to hang out and appreciate life with other women. I am beyond excited about it.

So what’s next? Well, I continue to improve on my fitness. Each week I add more miles and more quality. I continue to work on my rehab. I have a few more photo shoots planned this month, and then next month it is off to Napa for a few days before things start to get really serious. I am eyeing a fall marathon and I have big goals for it. I haven’t stood on the podium for a couple of years now and I’ve really missed it. Who knows? Maybe I’ll learn something at Podium Retreats that finally gets me back to that place.

I hope that you are all enjoying your summer running and working towards the goals that you have set for yourself. If I don’t see you in Napa, I’ll see you on the roads!


  1. Julie on July 9, 2014 12:51 pm said:

    Congrats Kara on getting back into training! Wishing you the best of luck with it and so happy to hear that you’re back on the roads!

    Are there any more retreats planned for the future, specifically, any for the East Coast?

    • Kara Goucher on July 10, 2014 8:28 am said:

      We will see how the first retreat goes, but yes, the dream is to have 1-2 a year and change up the location. Hope to see you at one in the future! -Kara

  2. eric benson on July 9, 2014 1:52 pm said:

    Wishing you all the best during this new chapter of your story.

  3. Congrats on getting back into training. Everything always seems so much longer while you are waiting to get back out there. Your son is just precious. 4 years definitely flies by. My son just recently turned 4 as well and my daughter will be 3 in a few months. It’s crazy how fast it all goes by. I’m so happy for your new endeavor with your Podium Retreats. I think this is such an amazing opportunity. Would love to know if there will be a retreat in the future that might be a little more budget friendly or if you’ll ever offer a “enter to win” a spot your of thing. I’d love to attend one but financially it would be challenging. Congrats again in everything, you’re a true inspiration!

    • Kara Goucher on July 10, 2014 8:29 am said:

      Thank you so much. Yes, we’ll see how this retreat goes, but we hope to make them a bit more budget friendly in the future. Hope you are able to come one day! -Kara

  4. Tina on July 9, 2014 8:44 pm said:

    Hi Kara! Great news about your training and getting caught up with your personal life and goals. Regarding your comment on your weaknesses after pregnancy are you able to elaborate? I ask because I’ve run 6 marathons and 11 half marathons and after having my son at age 39 (10 months ago) my body just isn’t responding well to running. If you could share any tips that would be so great because I’m not ready to hang up my shoes yet. I still want to qualify for Boston again. 🙂 Thanks much!

    • Kara Goucher on July 10, 2014 8:33 am said:

      For me it was a lot of basic core work. I literally built myself up from zero during this injury. Very simple exercises at first that have progressed into pretty complicated things with swiss balls and BOSU balls now. But to start, do your Kegels, some ball squeezes between the knees, and ask a PT what else you can be doing. Good luck, it is easy stuff to start, but until that core starts functioning properly, it really strains the rest of the body when you are active.

  5. Steve Tornblom on July 10, 2014 5:48 pm said:

    Wow! Training again? How great. Continue your journey to more great things. Steve T

  6. So happy to hear you are back running! Your Alter G looks crazy — they are so fun to run on!

  7. alma on July 23, 2014 7:36 am said:

    You are an inspiration, I am training for my first ever marathon and I love reading your blog for tips! Huge fan here 🙂

  8. Lee on July 28, 2014 9:03 am said:

    So glad to hear you are back to training Kara!!! 🙂 And it looks like you appear to have acquired some bigger “guns” I mean biceps haha during your cross-training and rehab period. Best wishes on your continued training and the quest to return to the podium!

  9. Kara, I love the idea of your retreat! I wish i’d known about it sooner, but hope to attend one day. Also–I’m running Philly 1/2 too! hope to see you there and good luck with your return to running 🙂

  10. Jen on August 27, 2014 3:31 pm said:

    Hi Kara,

    Any chance you can share your rehabilitation program for your pelvis? Long story short – going on three years of pelvis injury…I am jealous of your quick return to running!


  11. Jen on August 27, 2014 3:32 pm said:

    Hi Kara,

    Any chance you can share your rehabilitation program for your pelvis? Long story short – going on three years of pelvis injury…I am jealous of your quick return to running!

    Thank you for your consideration.


    • Kara Goucher on September 25, 2014 10:28 pm said:

      Lots of rehab to my core. Lots of butt/hip stability work with a PT. I still do exercises everyday.

  12. Molly on September 26, 2014 8:49 pm said:

    Hi Kara! I can’t tell you how much of an inspiration you are and how much hope you are giving me. I am recovering from a stress fracture in my heel. My doctor cleared me to run two weeks ago, but I’m super paranoid that it’s nit healed or I’m going to rei jut myself. Any advice on how to start building mileage safely and how to get over this psychological hurdle? I still feel some fleeting phantom pains and I don’t know if I’m still injured or justparanoid!! Dying to run Again! Thanks! Can’t wait to keep seeing your amazing progress!

    • Kara Goucher on September 27, 2014 7:05 am said:

      Molly, the more conservative you are the better. If your doc cleared you to run you are ready. Maybe right now just run every other day or every third day until you get strength and confidence back. You can cross train the other days. As you get more pain free runs in, your confidence will grow that you are healed. It takes time so patience is the biggest asset you can have. Good luck! -Kara

  13. Erin on October 27, 2014 9:07 pm said:

    Hi Kara! Thanks so much for posting! Your comeback is seriously making my life! I’m a college runner diagnosed with a sacral stress fracture 6 weeks ago and am just really uncertain about the whole process. It’s soo encouraging reading about your comeback. I know you’re super busy but I was wondering if you’d be willing to share a little bit more about your recovery – like how long you felt pain, when you started cross training, any supplements you were on, your favorite core stabilization exercises – really anything you would be willing to share or think is important to know would be amazing!
    Anyway, I really admire you as a runner and person, and I hope you have an incredible season of racing before the coming Olympics and make tons of fun memories along the way 🙂 Rooting for you hard core!

  14. Sarah on October 27, 2014 9:47 pm said:

    Hi Kara

    We live in MN and my daughter, Jane, is a high school all state xc runner and a 3200m, 1600m track runner. She has been running since the 7th grade and is a junior. In September she found out she had low ferritin and we got on that with supplements. Then a few weeks later she learned she had a calcaneus stress fracture . Her season was over right before conference, section, state and Nike! She is beginning cross training and is worried about getting her miles back before track. Did you feel like your cross training while you weren’t running was effective? Have you ever tried an underwater treadmill? She is hoping for a strong track season and advice as she is able to cross train now until early to mid December. We love following you. I run marathons so I am very inspired by you as well. Jane is strong, but I am always looking for encouragement for her.

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