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Girl Talk with Shalane Flanagan


WR: Do you play any sports outside of running?

SF: I don’t have a lot of time with marathon training, but I do incorporate some swimming as recovery into my training. I also just purchased my first adult bike this Fall because my Dad got really into biking and it’s something I can incorporate that shouldn’t hurt my running.

WR: Since you like biking and swimming, will there ever be a triathlon in your future?

SF: I would love to compete in a triathlon. It’s been a dream of mine. I just met Chrissie Wellington and she’s inspired me with all that she’s done in the sport of IRONMAN, so it’s definitely on the bucket list.

WR: What are you training for now?

SF: My big goal for right now is the Boston Marathon in the Spring.

WR: Why did you choose to partner with the Nissan Innovation for Endurance* program?

SF: I think it’s a really good fit for me because I’m always looking to innovate my training to get better. I love that I can interact with regular runners through the program and help them improve their running. There are things that I can share from my own training, that I might sometimes take for granted, that might help other runners see self improvement.

*Nissan’s Innovation for Endurance campaign aims to help athletes take their performance to a whole new level through exclusive daily content that showcases the latest innovations in running, cycling and general fitness. Visit for state-of-the-art tips from the Nissan Innovation for Endurance Innovators: Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, elite runners Ryan Hall, Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher; and cycling champion Chris Horner.

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