Friday, November 3, 2017

Flanagan: “This is the best build-up I’ve ever had”


Shalane Flanagan
is hopeful of crowning her career on Sunday with her first victory at an Abbott World Marathon Major, where she will take on the world’s best marathoner in Kenya’s Mary Keitany.

“In everyone’s career, what keeps us coming back is those feel-good moments and I’m chasing that moment,” said Flanagan yesterday. “Physically, I feel really good. I’m in a really fortunate position. This is the best build-up I’ve ever had, so I’m excited about it.”

Flanagan, 36, is unsure when she will call a halt to her glittering career, but she is certain of her one remaining goal: to win a marathon major.

“I think some people are motivated by times and others by the opportunity to be New York City champion,” she said. “The track is about fast times and to me, I remember who is champion at the marathons. I love the head-to-head competitions, so what motivates me is to try and beat these incredible women, not the time.

“My dream scenario to exit the sport with is to have a major win. I feel like I’ve done almost everything I wanted to do. I have some unfinished business, and I’m chasing being like Meb [Keflezighi] and Deena [Kastor] and having that win. If I was in a position to win on Sunday, I feel like that would be my last [marathon].”

For more, check out this video from Letsrun.com.

 

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

13th for Bumbalough in Chicago

In warm, sunny conditions, Andrew Bumbalough finished a creditable 13th in the Chicago Marathon this morning, clocking 2:14:04. The race was won by Galen Rupp in 2:09:20.

Bumbalough demonstrated his ambitions from the outset, the Bowerman Track Club athlete joining the leading group the moment the 40,000 runners set off at 7:30am this morning. He ran with them through 10K in 31:27 and the half marathon in 66:11.

Bumbalough began to fall off the leaders’ pace shortly before the 20-mile mark, and he struggled over the closing miles, but in just his second marathon he will have reason to hold his head high after finishing in 2:14:04. It was just six seconds outside the personal best of 2:13:58 he set in his debut in Tokyo earlier this year.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Quigley, Infeld and Frerichs close seasons in New York

Colleen Quigley of the Nike Bowerman Track Club was the leading Kimbia finisher at the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York this afternoon, the steeplechase specialist impressing with an eighth-place finish in 4:20.6. The race was won by Jenny Simpson in 4:16.6.

“It wasn’t hard, but at the end of the year I think everyone is exhausted,” said Quigley. “I think the body is definitely beat up and tired at this point. It was a good to get a PR on the season and I feel like there is more in me. I have lots of goals ahead for 2017. This year was good, but not enough.”

Emily Infeld brought the curtain down on her 2017 season by finishing 17th in 4:30.3. “Oh gosh, my arms went lactic right away!” said Infeld. “It was tough. It was such a stacked field, but it was great to be a part of. Overall I’m happy and looking forward to a nice break. I’m excited to get back in it for next year.”

Courtney Frerichs capped a memorable season by finishing 20th, the world steeplechase silver medalist coming home in 4:31.3. “It was tough out there, and I expected that going up against some of the world’s best 1500m runners,” she said. “Coming down in distance is never easy but it’s super-fun, a perfect way to end the season.

Frerichs admitted life has been a whirlwind ever since the world championships in London last month, where she caused a huge upset to take silver behind Emma Coburn.

“It’s been crazy, it’s so different going to meets being recognized,” said Frerichs. “It’s super fun and I’m excited to move back up in distance and go for that nine-minute barrier in the steeple.”

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Flanagan to run New York City Marathon


Shalane Flanagan will return to the New York City Marathon in November for the first time since 2010, when she finished second in 2:28:40 behind Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat.

The 36-year-old Nike Bowerman Track Club athlete announced her participation today as part of a visit to the city serving as a Team for Kids Ambassador for New York Road Runners ahead of the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K on Saturday.

After being forced to withdraw from Boston through injury, New York will be Flanagan’s first marathon of the year and she showed training has been progressing well when finishing fourth in the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth in 31:15 earlier this month.

“I want that one last really special moment,” Flanagan told USA Today. “I’m just hoping I can achieve it soon because I really, I just want one more big performance, and I feel like I have it within me. I just need the right stage and the right day to get it done.”

To read more on her return to top-level racing, click here.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Jager, Frerichs and Quigley back in action in Birmingham

In his first outing since the World Championships in London, Evan Jager finished seventh in the Emsley Carr mile in Birmingham on Sunday afternoon, coming home in 3:57.39.

The race was won by Jake Wightman of Britain in 3:54.92 ahead of compatriot Chris O’Hare (3:55.01). Jager, the 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist in London, took up the pace shortly after the 800m mark, reached in 1:57.36, with the American leading through 1200m in 2:59.32.

However, he didn’t have the pace to match the mile specialists over the final 200m and had to settle for seventh on this occasion.

Courtney Frerichs, the world silver medalist in the women’s 3000m steeplechase, finished 14th in the 3000m in 8:53.99, a lifetime best. The race was won by Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands in 8:28.90.

Her teammate at the Nike Bowerman Track Club, Colleen Quigley, was in action in the women’s 1500m in Birmingham. She put the heartache of disqualification at the World Championships behind her with a ninth-place finish in 4:06.07. The race was won by Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum in 4:01.36.

Full results are here.

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