Marathoner Beginner’s Luck?

How was everyone’s weekend? Hope you enjoyed some fun and sun.

I was lounging with my Outside Magazine and came across an article that made me feel both inspired and searching for a hidden talent.

WIN OR DIE TRYING: Marathoner Shalane Flanagan’s masochistic plan to bring home the gold

Meet Shalane Flanagan, 31-year-old marathoner who is our Olympic hopeful this year. Flanagan made her marathon debut in 2010 at New York, recording the fastest time by an American woman in 20 years (2:25.40). Um, yea – debut!

During the January 2012 U.S. Olympic marathon trials she secured a first-place finish in 2 hours, 25 minutes, and 38 seconds. A personal best and a trials record. It was her SECOND marathon…ever.

According to her coaches she’s a beast that pulls out a win by conjuring up something serious from within:
Flanagan doesn’t see anything extraordinary about that; it’s just how she’s wired. As she says, “I will go through a lot of pain to beat someone. If there’s pride and ego on the line, if I’m desperate, then I’m willing to go to a place where it hurts a lot more.”

Not only will I be cheering her on at the Olympics, but I am impressed by the fact that she came out of nowhere to be the best in sport. She had a strong distance running background with the 10,000 meters but give credit where it’s due.

Sometimes we whine about the littlest of things, and hopefully this should kick all of our butts into putting it all out there. You truly never know what you are capable of accomplishing!

Bob Costas made you cry yet at the Olympics?

17 responses to “Marathoner Beginner’s Luck?

  1. I love Shalane Flanagan. She’s like my bad-ass idol. Seriously, it seems like she waltzed into running and has been winning like crazy since – no big deal. ;)

    And Bob Costas always has me in tears. I say I’m not going to do it but then he narrates some little video bio on some athlete who has overcome ridiculous odds and I’m weeping like a baby…Damn you, Bob Costas!

  2. Oh, she is so bringing home the gold! I love Shalane Flanagan. She’s like my bad-ass idol. Seriously, it seems like she waltzed into running and has been winning like crazy since – no big deal. ;)

    And Bob Costas always has me in tears. I say I’m not going to do it but then he narrates some little video bio on some athlete who has overcome ridiculous odds and I’m weeping like a baby…Damn you, Bob Costas!

  3. 2:25?!?! I can’t even imagine running a marathon in that short of time, that’s incredible! She is truly an inspiration and I love the fact that she qualified for the Olympics on her second race EVER!!! Where has she been hiding since her debut in 2010? Or even before that!

  4. I think she’s so intense and can push herself to do amazing things (kind of like my gf Chrissie)!
    Sadly I haven’t been watching much Olympics…yet. I better plant my butt on the couch during track and triathlon!

  5. You know, as someone who got a degree in theatre arts, I always thought you had to be at least partially insane to want to be an actor. But apparently you have to be totally insane to want to be an Olympic marathoner! She’s inspiring, though, I will say that!

  6. Totally superhuman. I can’t wait to watch her rock out #3 and continue to show us how it’s done!

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