LA Marathon 2013: Deena Kastor Will Recapture Past Glory in Running Race

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - JUNE 21:  Deena Kastor speaks to the media after winning the finals in the women's 10,000 m during the first day of the AT&T USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on June 21, 2007 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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She may be 40 years old, but that's not going to stop former Olympian Deena Kastor from running this year's Los Angeles Marathon and recapturing her glory of old.

In 2004, Kastor won the bronze medal in the Olympic marathon at the Athens Games and has quite a resume in running races of that distance.

Not only did she win the Chicago Marathon in 2005, but she won the London one the following year.

But that was years ago. Since then, Kastor has given birth to a daughter and been out of the competitive racing game, for the most part.

Just the same, she is planning on running the race. However, it's going to be an uphill battle for her.

Kastor is now 40 years old, not exactly a spring chicken by running standards. Moreover, it should be noted that she had to pull out of the 2008 Beijing Olympics early due to a foot injury.

Granted, it was some years ago, but those injuries tend to stick around even after they have healed. No matter how good Kastor may feel now, it's something that could become a factor.

Regardless of that, Kastor is going to recapture her former glory in running the LA Marathon, even if she is older than most of the participants. As she told Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times, "I'm training to win."

Throw in that she has a hometown crowd cheering her on, having grown up in nearby Agoura Hills, and Kastor definitely has a chance to make a statement in this year's LA Marathon, even if she doesn't win.

By just having a good finish alone, she'll have recaptured her former glory and won a new group of fans.