A Little Rain, And Ice, And Wind, And Freezing Temperatures Never Hurt Anyone….

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Yes, that is the United States Postal Service’s ‘unofficial’ creed. It’ll make sense, just be patient….

Monday morning’s Boston Marathon was held in some of the most treacherous weather conditions in recent history. Torrential downpour coupled with wind gusts of 50+ m.p.h. and 30 degrees isn’t ideal running conditions. However, it was ideal for two:

Desiree Linden (Women’s Winner)  

Yuki Kawauchi (Men’s Winner)

As my parents taught me, ladies first.

Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. Not bad for someone who nearly dropped out of the race after mile six. Tilden paced herself alongside teammate, Shalane Flanagan. Last year, Flanagan famously became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years.

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Linden finished with an unofficial time of 2:39:53, more than 4 minutes ahead of the second place finisher. Side note: The runner-up was Sarah Sellers. Sellers is not a professional runner. She’s a full-time nurse. That’s incredible.

The most astonishing part of Linden’s victory, she chose to stop while Flanagan took a :17 bathroom break halfway through the race. Oh yeah, a pee-break!! Following the race Linden explained herself:

“I told her [Flanagan] in the race, I said if there’s anything I can do to help you out, let me know because I might just drop out.

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As for Yuki Kawauchi, he’s not your typical marathon champion. He’s not a professional runner. He has no sponsors. He just — runs. Kawauchi, at 31, holds the record for most sub 2:20:00 marathons (79). Over the past five years he’s run one marathon per month. CAN YOU IMAGINE RUNNING ONE MARATHON PER MONTH FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE YEARS?!?! This is hard to comprehend, as Kawauchi is an administrator at a school in Japan. He works 40 hours per week.

2:15:58. That was Kawauchi’s unofficial winning time. 2 minutes and 25 seconds faster than runner-up Geoffrey Kirui. Kawauchi also became the first Japanese runner to win the Boston Marathon since 1987 (ironically his birth year). While Kurui and other favorites faded, Kawauchi forged ahead, somehow using the nearly impassable conditions to his favor.

 

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Shalane Flanagan Outruns History At NYC Marathon

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Well, that was a first.

Okay, maybe not a first. But Shalane Flanagan, on an overcast Sunday in New York City, accomplished something that hadn’t been done in 40 years. She became the first American woman to win the NYC Marathon since 1977. After 4 decades, the well of female, American runners had nearly run dry, but Shalane Flanagan used the last drop of motivation and determination to will her way to victory.

Flanagan endured a special set of circumstances to arrive at this moment. An iliac (pelvic) fracture, that kept her from running her hometown, Boston Marathon in April, may have been a blessing in disguise. While Flanagan is a professional runner, she is not strictly a marathon runner. She specializes in 10,000 meter events, as she earned a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics (Beijing). While the Boston Marathon holds a special place in her heart, recuperating rather than competing was likely the best thing to happen to her career.

At age 36, Flanagan is exiting her prime. Professional runners typically peak between 25 and 35. The 2017 NYC Marathon was only Flanagan’s 5th official marathon, her last in Rio at the 2016 Olympics (she placed 6th). The improbable nature surrounding Shalane Flanagan crossing the finish line before anyone else was fulfilled Sunday, November 5th, 2017.

Her time: 2 hours, 26 minutes, and 53 seconds.

Her closest competitor: 3-time defending NYC Marathon Champion, Mary Keitany, crossed the finish line a full minute and 1 second later.   

And in that moment of elation, an entire nation rejoiced alongside Flanagan. An American flag draped across her back represented the culmination of 40 years of 2nd places, and bronze medals, and oh so close but yet so fars. Not since Miki Gorman, in 1977, has a woman won the NYC Marathon. An event that has long since been dominated by Kenyan women, winners of 8 of the last 15, saw a changing of the guards this past Sunday. With 3 miles remaining, Flanagan passed Keitany, and never looked back.

Sunday was USA’s day. New York’s day. Shalane’s day.

 

Did you watch, or go to the NYC Marathon?? If you did, tell me about it in the comment section below.

 

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