She hadn't even finished a marathon (despite three attempts) since 2008. Russell added more mileage, longer workouts and did more on the road vs track.
Transcription of an open conversation between Deena Kastor, Kara Goucher, Desiree Linden, Blake Russell and Annie Bersagel.
As far as we can tell NYC will be the 39-year-old's first marathon start since a DNF in Boston 2011. Her last finish was the 2008 Olympics; 2:29:10 PR from 2005.