It’s a dream she hopes to accomplish in the near future.
“I can say right now that I’ll be back here until I win it,” said Flanagan. “I’ll be back to challenge Jeptoo.”
Her bright orange sneakers and white compression socks weren’t the only things that separated Flanagan from the pack. She led the group of elite women runners for the first hour-and-a-half. At the midway point, Flanagan checked in at a time of 1:09.25, breaking the previous course record (110:21).
“I used my watch as a gauge, just to see where I was at,” noted Flanagan. “I’m very intuitive with my body and I’m constantly checking how my quads feel, how my calves feel. More than anything, I listen to my body to make sure I can delegate the amount energy you need over the course of a marathon.”
The clock helped her keep running, and his her personal best, even after the other elites made their move going into the hills.
“I used my watch to make sure I wasn’t falling off the pace too much. Especially when I got dropped, I used it as a motivator, saying to myself, ‘You’re still running a 5:30 mile up this massive hill.’ I knew that the Newton Hills were going to throw some splits that were a lot slower than in the early part of the race,” she said. “I knew to expect that having trained on it, but I didn’t want to give up too much time on the hills.”
Flanagan ran the course six other times over a six-month period in preparation for yesterday’s race and knew exactly what every turn, road and mile had to offer.
After last year’s tragedy unfolded, Flanagan was the first elite runner to sign up for this year’s race and felt a sense of pride to represent her city, state and country again.
“It does mean a lot to me to know that my city is proud of me,” said Flanagan.