|Beautiful & Bronzed in Beijing (©2008; Reuters Photos)|
While I waited for the race to begin, I flicked through my RW magazines, and realized that Shalane was hanging out on my coffee table and gearing up on my TV simultaneously. So I watched with rapt attention and tracked her split times on my iPhone using the 2010 ING NYC Marathon iPhone App ($3.99). The excitement of watching the race eclipsed the fact that I was lounging slothfully on my couch in my pajamas while the masses were either hitting the highways of the five boroughs and cheering the runners on. I felt guilty for about thirty seconds, then I opened a window to get some fresh air... and promptly closed it again. Let's just say my non-denominational guilt was gone with the November wind.
|With Hubby at 2010 NYC Finish Line (©Associated Press)|
|Nike Diva & RW Cover Girl (November 2010)|
One more reason for me to love Lady Shalane, is that she trains at the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Oregon. Like I need another reason to give Nike more of my money. I hope she qualifies for the 2012 London Olympics, so I can cheer for her from my couch again. As for 2011 NYC, if she runs it again this year, I may be tempted to hang around in one of the boroughs and see if I can catch a glimpse of her! If I can make it into 2012 NYC, I hope she is there.
Tweeter. I thought it was a rather long shot to tweet some praise, but when I woke up this morning, I found this little surprise! Perhaps telling one Olympic athlete that they've replaced another helped. ;) I have been Re-Tweeted! <3 This makes for a very happy morning!
Read up on Shalane:
- Shalane and the Marathon (Running Times, September 2010)
- "There are Times & Places to Hurt" (ING NYC Marathon/Running Times & Runner's World Special)
- Flanagan Follows the Plan (ING NYC Marathon/Running Times & Runner's World Special)
- Flanagan Makes a Splash at NYC Debut (Sports Illustrated, Notebook, November 2011)
- The Killer Inside Shalane Flanagan (Runner's World, April 2011)