“You know what would be so cool?” asked Shalane Flanagan. “You know what would be such a badass move? If I were to win the Boston Marathon and retire the next day.”
She pauses for dramatic effect, then laughs. No professional runner in her marathon prime would do that, certainly not someone like Flanagan who appears poised for more record-breaking success. But the joke reveals how much the Boston Marathon means to Flanagan, how it took hold of her young imagination and never loosened its grip.