Late Injury Threatens Andrew Carlson's Marathon Plans-Again, by Jon Gugala, note by Larry Eder


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Andrew Carlson is fighting injury, will decide on Aramco Houston event, held next weekend, January 12-13, 2013. This story from Jon Gugala. 

Jon Gugala wrote for us in 2012 most of the year. Many recall his daily coverage of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials (along with our team of Dick Patrick, James Dunaway, Elliot Denman, Justin Lagat, David Hunter and Roy Stevenson).

This is Jon's first story of 2013.  

Late Injury Threatens Andrew Carlson's Marathon Plans--Again


by Jon Gugala


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Andrew Carlson, sixth at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials Marathon, is on the start list for the Aramco Houston Marathon on January 13. However, Carlson says a late injury is now jeopardizing his ability to compete, and intimates the possibility of withdrawing.


In an exclusive statement to RunBlogRun, Carlson, 30, says, "I'm dealing with an Achilles problem right now and have been stressing about it," adding that he's still trying to get the injury "sorted out in time for Sunday [Houston Marathon]."


Carlson, the seventh-fastest American ever to debut at the marathon (2:11:24, at the Trials last January), was originally planning to run his sophomore effort at the New York City Marathon in November. Houston was in essence a contingency plan after the former was canceled due to media pressure after citywide damage during Hurricane Sandy the week preceding.


If Carlson does withdraw, it would be the second time an injury has interrupted the Team USA Minnesota member's marathon plans: In 2011, his debut at Twin Cities Marathon in October was shelved when, during his final long run, he turned his ankle, tearing ligaments that necessitated his withdrawal the week before the race.

Should Carlson withdraw from Houston, the greater tragedy may be the lost opportunity in a career that's remaining days are dwindling. In an interview with Competitor Magazine after the Trials (, Carlson himself acknowledged that his marathon career, which started formally almost a year ago, may have been too little, too late: "To be perfectly honest, I probably should have stepped up a while ago," he said.


Check back with RunBlogRun for further developments on this and other stories around the 2013 Houston Marathon.

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