Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth native Kara Goucher finished sixth in the Boston Marathon last Monday, almost a week ago now. But then, the unexpected happened as two bombs exploded and everything changed.
"We were in our hotel room about 150 meters from where the boom went off. We opened the windows, and no one seemed to be panicking. WIthin minutes, there was just sirens," said Goucher.
Goucher had crossed the finish line just hours before the first bomb went off, killing three and injuring close to 200 people.
"We kept hoping that it was electrical, some malfunction," said Goucher. "But right away, they told us we weren't allowed to leave our rooms. We weren't allowed to leave our hotel. It quickly became a situation where it wasn't right. It was just very upsetting."
Kara's husband, Adam, was also at the race along with their son, Colt. He said it really put the race into perspective.
"It's just been so awful. You're really like, 'Oh my God.' Nothing matters at that point," said Adam. "It's human life. The running, as much as it means to us and our lives and people are racing and Kara ran well, it's not about that. It's like, my God, are these people okay?"
Goucher was in Duluth over the weekend to help promote Adam's book, "Running the Edge." She made a stop at her alma mater on Saturday night, Duluth East High School.
While she's happy with her finish at the Boston Marathon, she also said it's something she wants to improve on.
"I felt I didn't make any mistakes and ran a good, smart race," Goucher said. "Unfortunately, I've had some injuries since the Olympics. I had an injury about six weeks ago that I got after a massage. It was kind of a flukey thing, but it cost me some training."
Without the injury, Goucher said things might have been different.
"I feel like given the circumstances, it was a good smart race. But with the way the race played out, had I been a bit more fit, it could have been better."
While she won't be running Grandma's Half-Marathon this summer, she has her eyes set on another prize: the U.S. Nationals. Goucher plans on running the 10K along with her training partner, Shalane Flanagan.
And if all goes well, Goucher said the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro aren't out of the realm of possibility.
Posted by Sarah Wheeler