Flanagan carries lots of dreamers with her in N.Y. Marathon victory

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  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 6, 2017 5:44 p.m.

    About twenty years ago, I had a female middle school student who already was a 5:20 miler. To develop her interest in the sport, I had her do a writing project where she sent letters to female high school cross-country champions in all fifty states.

    Julie was a smart kid and she composed all of her questions without any help from me. Most had to do with the level of commitment needed to be a champion runner. Julie had a lot of interests that she was good at and I think she was debating how much time she wanted to devote to the sport of running.

    Nearly everyone wrote back but Shalene wrote the longest response, about three page's worth. We knew right then Shalene Flanagan was a special person!

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Nov. 6, 2017 8:31 a.m.

    While it's embarrassing as a man to be the first responder here, there is a point to add beyond inspiration from Shalane.

    I say this last night in a TV show of all places, and once again it was a woman who made the point. While reminiscing about her life and what she had done and not done. She said the one thing for certain is that she "did".

    Having personally pursued a pretty non traditional life which has included, running, difficult personal decisions, dramatic career changes, extended periods of time from home, and personal challenges that were near fatal, I can say this. I hope I've done things, to make others happy, I hope I've done things to make people proud, I hope I've done things to make others better, I know I've done things that hurt others, and I know I've done things that made others sad....but in the end I "did"...there's not much grass left to mow.

    That's the other message Shalane gives..get up and "do".