Davila developed a stress fracture in the femur of her right leg shortly before the 2012 London Olympics. Originally diagnosed as a hip flexor injury, it was uncertain if Davila would race the marathon in London. Davila did toe the line of the Olympic Marathon but ultimately pulled out of the race after mile 8. It wasn't until Davila underwent an MRI after the Olympics did she learn her injury was actually a fracture at the top of her right femur.
Though Davila has been resting and rehabbing her injury, it was announced today that she will not compete at this year's Boston Marathon, to be held Apr. 15. According to American Track and Field, Davila released the following statement:
"Keeping my long term goals in mind, I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the running of the 2013 Boston Marathon,” said Davila. “At this time it is in my best interest to fully focus on recovering from my injury and gradually rebuilding my fitness. Having a major race scheduled, which I am very passionate about, will only serve to rush the process and as all marathoners know there are no shortcuts -- in training or recovery. I'd like to thank John Hancock for the opportunity and their understanding. I look forward to racing on the roads of Boston again in the future."
Desiree, we'll see you at Boston 2014!