New York, NY (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth, Minn. native and two-time Olympian Kara Goucher will not run as planned in the 2013 New York City Marathon, citing a stress fracture in her right foot as the primary reason.
Goucher, who blogged about her decision this week, said she initially injured her foot earlier this year on a run with training parter Shalane Flanagan, and that it hasn't healed as quickly as she had expected.
"I recently went back to the doctor and found out that my foot is healing, but is not healed," Goucher wrote. "I needed to pull the plug on the marathon, get healthy, and stay away from outdoor running for a little bit longer."
Goucher went on to say she plans on running in New York in 2014 and hopes to compete for the United States at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, but she had to accept that this year's race wasn't a good idea.
"I realize that my family, sponsors, and fans all want me to be healthy and run at my best," she wrote. "They don’t want to see me out there at 70%, trying to outsmart people rather than being able to freely run my own race."
Goucher competed at both the 2012 London Summer Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, and she also won the 2012 USA Half Marathon Championship in Duluth, Minn. with a course-record time of 1:09:46.
To read her entire blog entry detailing her reasons for pulling out of the field for the 2013 New York City Marathon, click here.