It Was Difficult to Not Feel a Surge of Emotion as #ShalaneFlanagan Grabbed Her Destiny @SteveW_Runs
No runner can fake his or her way through 26.2 miles. That’s even more true for the top marathoners in the world. The largest events, broadcast on TV, reveal who has done the work or if someone is having a bad day. There’s no hiding at the front of the pack, especially for the sport’s top athletes, who often openly share their training and goals. Those who didn’t know before Sunday’s New York City Marathon that Shalane Flanagan wanted to win a major world marathon title before possibly retiring and Meb Keflezighi was running his final, and 26th, marathon, certainly found out by watching it on TV. Both have been amazing ambassadors of the sport and among the best marathoners in U.S. history. As the elite women’s race unfolded, Shalane was there in the lead pack. Her grit and determination, as she lowered the hammer on the rest of the field, proved emotional and inspiring. I...