A week ago in Berlin, 40-year old Shalane Flanagan, who is trying to run all 5 of the marathon majors this fall plus a virtual race for Tokyo, kicked off her marathon challenge with a 2:38:32 showing. But she ran that with a big negative split as her first half was a very conservative 83:42 and her second half a 74:50.
Today, she did the opposite. Running with the men, she covered the first half in 75:04 and then, helped by the wind, picked things up. At 30k (1:45.15), she was on 2:29:27 pace but ultimately the sub-2:30 wasn’t in the cards but she still ended up with a seasonal best of 2:35:04. That placed her 190th overall. If she’d been in the elite women’s race, she would have been 19th. She was the 17th women in Berlin.