Shalane Flanagan, recently profiled by ESPN Boston, is the U.S.’s top women’s marathon runner heading into the London Olympic games. She won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters (6.2 miles) at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, and just recently made the transition from relatively shorter distance events to the beastly 26.2 mile marathon.
Apparently undaunted, Flanagan set a new record at this year’s Olympic trials in Houston, finishing in 2:25:38. That’s an average of about 5 minutes, 40 seconds per mile–for 26.2 miles. Pretty impressive! Flanagan runs up to 120 miles a week, or an average of 17 miles a day in preparation for the main event, which takes place August 5th.
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