Long-distance runner Shalane Flanagan took to her account on Instagram to announce that she is departing from professional running. She became the first American after Miki Gorman in 1977 to have won the New York City Marathon in 2017 and is now saying goodbye to her astounding career at 38 years of age.
The 2008 Olympic champion and silver medallist said that she has faced many hardships broken bones and torn ligaments but she regrets nothing and cherishes and adores each and every moment of her journey. She further added that every season and race was hard but it is those that give life it’s meaning, making it both beautiful and wonderful.
Flanagan, a decorated athlete in US history hold the records in 5000m indoor, 3000m indoor and the 15k road race. She is very well known for having achieved immense success in various tournaments from being a novice to a pro-champion in the sport. Her last run was at the 2018 New York Marathon, defending the title she was able to secure 3rd position.
She further posted that ” her personal motto throughout her career has been to make decisions that leave her with no regrets.. but then she said being honest that she has one regret”. She regrets she can’t do this all over again
Shalane wants to impart the knowledge that she has gained through coaching young runners and will be one of the head coaches at the Bowerman Track Club starting from October 2019. Flanagan quoted, “I believe we are meant to inspire and learn from one another. Sharing everything I’ve learned about and from running is what I’m meant to do now.”