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!