A little more than a month after a remarkable performance in the Boston Marathon, Shalane Flanagan will run again in Massachusetts at next weekend’s Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half and Festival.
Flanagan will run all three races – a 5K and 10K on June 7 and a half-marathon on June 8 – although she’s not necessarily in it to win it.
“It’s not highly competitive, just more of participating in the weekend and supportive of the event. I don’t think I’ll be running the half very hard, but there may be some up-tempoing. I do have a long run that day, so I may even add on a few miles after I complete the half,” said Flanagan, a native of Marblehead.
In April, Flanagan set a course record for American women at the Boston Marathon. She finished seventh in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 2 seconds after leading for much of the race, and has now turned her attention toward the USATF Championships in late June and then a fall marathon.
“Boston did give me a lot of confidence knowing that 2:22 is the fastest by any American on that course and obviously the long history, so great women have covered the grounds of that course, so it’s given me the confidence to go after a really fast time,” she said.
That her record-setting performance played a part in winner Rita Jeptoo setting a women’s course record (2:18:57) added to Flanagan’s fond memories of this year’s Boston Marathon.
“Everyone gave their best effort and it was just a really memorable day, not one that anyone will ever forget,” she said. I’m just happy I was a part of history and I helped set a record pace and records were broken that day, so not only did I bring out the best in myself for the day, but I personally brought out the best in others, which is maybe a consolation prize for not winning.”
The Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival will be held on the Boston College campus. In addition to the races, seminars and other events are planned. Registration and details are available on the event’s website.
“I’m preparing for the US Championships on the track, the 10,000 meters, so everything that weekend will be going toward my training for late June in Sacramento,” Flanagan said. “It’s a nice complement for what I’m trying to achieve.”Follow Matt Pepin on Twitter at @mattpep15.