Saturday, April 14, 2018

Flanagan, Bumbalough ready for battle in Boston


As she prepares for Monday’s Boston Marathon, Shalane Flanagan says she is in similar shape to last November, when the Bowerman Track Club athlete memorably claimed victory at the New York City Marathon.

Flanagan told Letsrun.com that her training has gone well and she believes she’s prepared to make a bold bid for her first victory in the race.

“Good, yeah, no complaints,” she said, when quizzed about her shape. “I did some sessions that were a little bit hillier to get ready for the course in Boston. It went really well so I feel safe to say I’m in similar shape to New York.”

Asked whether it will be her last marathon, Flanagan said: “I don’t know. I think it’ll probably be my last Boston, but I don’t know if it’ll be my last marathon.”

Flanagan’s life became a whirlwind in the immediate aftermath of her victory in New York, but the Marblehead native has since returned to normality as she’s laid down a heavy training block in preparation for Boston.

“After New York, I was really fatigued doing a lot of extracurricular activities and I was still running and trying to train at the same time,” she said. “And it’s really exhausting trying to do both. I was more fatigued going into this buildup because I didn’t really get a break or rest or Sanything.”

Monday’s weather is set to prove suitably adverse, with cold temperatures, rain and a headwind set to greet runners at the start in Hopkinton.

“I don’t see it as a disadvantage,” said Flanagan. “I train in conditions that are pretty similar in Oregon to what the forecast is. In general I like to have races where it’s as fair as possible, but I’m not opposed to this weather. I’m totally fine with it.”

In the men’s race, Andrew Bumbalough will be the sole representative for Kimbia, the 31-year-old bringing a PB of 2:13:58 to the race. He ran that in Tokyo in February 2017, and followed that up with a 13th place finish in Chicago last October. If things fall right for him on Monday, a top-10 finish may well be on the cards.

 

 

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