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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