Sunday, June 26, 2016

Shalane Flanagan Betters Her U.S. 10K Road Record

On Sunday, for the second time this month, training partners Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg set road PRs while deep in their build-up for August’s Olympic Marathon. On June 5, the distance was the half marathon. Today, it was 10K, and because Shalane started the race as the American record holder for the distance, a new PR meant a new American record.

Shalane won this morning’s B.A.A. 10K in Boston in 30:52, 11 seconds faster than the record she established in The Netherlands last September. She broke free from two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat in the final two kilometers.

“You have to really seize these kind of moments,” Shalane, who was born in nearby Marblehead, said after the race. “Here I am at home, my dad’s out here, I have family around, and it just seemed like a really special way to do my last race right before Rio. It kind of gives me chills just thinking about it. From here, it’s just really meaningful.”

Amy finished third in 31:31, more than a minute under her old road PR. Among those she beat were defending champion and world half marathon medalist Mary Wacera and world marathon medalist Aselefech Mergia.

“I am absolutely thrilled. For a shorter road race, that was the most competitive I’ve felt in an international field,” Amy saidadded Cragg. “I felt incredibly strong, and I train with the best girl that just broke the American record. That’s a big boost of confidence as well. I couldn’t be happier.”

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Shalane Flanagan, Amy Cragg PR at San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Half

Mission accomplished, and then some for training partners Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg at Sunday’s San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. As expected, the duo went 1-2. Perhaps not as expected was how quickly they did so.

Pushing from the start, Shalane won in 67:51, a half marathon personal best by 40 seconds. She ran her previous PR at the distance, 68:31, in New Orleans as part of her build-up to the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Placing second in 69:50, Amy took even more time off her old PR of 1:11:19, set back in 2010 in Houston.

Sunday’s race was the first for both women since Amy won and Shalane placed third at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in February. As Amy detailed a few days ago, she and Shalane are deep into hard, high-mileage training for August’s Olympic Marathon, making today’s performances that much more remarkable.

“For both of them to run PRs like that,” coach Jerry Schumacher told Competitor, “you come away knowing that I’m going in the right direction, and maybe something big is capable of happening in Rio. And that’s what you want.”

Next up: altitude training. So if you think they’re fit now….
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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Amy Cragg Wins Olympic Marathon Trials, Shalane Third

Training partners Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan ran together through the first 23 miles of the Olympic Marathon Trials en route to Amy winning and Shalane placing third on a hot day in Los Angeles.

Amy’s winning time was 2:28:20. Struggling in the heat, Shalane was passed by Desiree Linden in the 26th mile and finished in 2:29:19.

With their finishes, Amy made her second and Shalane her fourth Olympic team.

Sean Quigley ran strongly over the final miles to move up to 10th place in 2:15:52, an improvement over his 16th-place finish at the trials in Houston four years ago.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Little Pre-Marathon Trials Reading

Shalane Flanagan, Amy Cragg and Sean Quigley will be racing a certain marathon in Los Angeles on Saturday. Here are a few helpful pre-Trials links:

How to watch the race, via Runner’s World.

Women’s race preview, via Sports Illustrated.

Five things to watch in the women’s race, via Runner’s World.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Flanagan, Quigley Top Americans at Bolder Boulder

Shalane Flanagan placed second in the women’s race at the 36th Annual Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day… despite being fresh — or, more accurately, particularly “un-fresh” — off her personal best marathon run in Boston just weeks prior. With a 10k performance of 33:05, Flanagan was 34-seconds clear of 3rd place — captured by top road runner Risper Gesabwa of Kenya — and 53-second ahead of Deena Kastor, who took fourth.

Over on the men’s side, local resident Sean Quigley claimed the top finish among all Americans in his own backyard. Against a solid international field, Quigley placed 7th overall — ahead of top compatriots Ryan Hall, Bobby Curtis and Ben Bruce — clocking 30:04 over the challenging 10k course.

Brent Vaughn also placed in the top 25, as a member of Team USA – Blue. Despite Quigley’s strong run, his “White” squad only took 7th place in the team result. However, Shalane led Team USA – Red to tie Team Kenya in second place with 22 points.

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