Athletics-Six Marathons, Six Weeks: Former New York Champion Flanagan Closes Another Marathon Chapter | WKZO | All Kalamazoo
By Amy Tennery
NEW YORK (Reuters) – For some, retirement is a time of relaxation. For Shalane Flanagan, the 2017 New York Marathon champion, running six marathons in six weeks has proven to be a more engaging post-career endeavor.
The four-time Olympian, 40, began her mission with the Berlin Marathon in September and ends the trip to the New York City Marathon on Sunday, a project she told Reuters has rekindled her joy of running two years since she left professional competition.
âI needed a goal again after a year without running and without reconstructive knee surgery – and after the pandemic and retirement, I just felt like I wanted to get my sanity and my physical health back and celebrate the race, âsaid Flanagan, who won the Olympics. silver in the 10,000 meters in 2008.
With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing the London Marathon and Boston Marathon from their usual dates of April to October, she decided to seize the rare opportunity to run the prestigious World Marathon Majors in a month and a half.
She replaced the postponed Tokyo Marathon with a 26.2-mile run in Portland, Oregon last month and endured a grueling “double-header” with Chicago and Boston on consecutive days.
âIt’s just my idea of ââfun – I need something that is a little uplifting to be fun for me,â Flanagan said. “It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it’s mine.”
The Nike athlete posted times that would make any non-professional pass out, finishing the London Marathon in 2:35:04, with his slowest time so far – 2:46:39 – in Chicago.
âIt’s oddly a little touchingâ¦ the completion of this project and then returning to a place where I’ve had some of my best career highlights here,â said Flanagan, who also finished second and third in New York in 2010 and 2018., respectively.
âObviously a different experience on Sunday, but I’m very excited to be here. “
(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York, editing by Aurora Ellis)