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Shalane Flanagan Planning For Trials 10K

The upcoming Olympic marathon remains her main focus.

The upcoming Olympic marathon remains her main focus.

Even though she won the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, Shalane Flanagan isn’t resting on her laurels. The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the 10,000m is planning to run that distance at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials next month.

“I haven’t done any specific work for it,” Flanagan told Runner’s World. “I haven’t even touched the track in two and a half months.”

Before she heads to the Trials, Flanagan will compete at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon on June 3. She calls half marathons “dress rehearsals” for the 26.2-mile distance and that they are “easier to bite off”.

As for the Trials 10,000m, Flanagan contends she’s doing it for fun.

“I love the atmosphere of the Olympic Trials. But I don’t want to be lapped [laughs]. I don’t think that will happen. I know I can hang in there pretty tough. Will my kick be there? I have no idea.”

Flanagan won the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in January with a 2:25:38. She is coached by Jerry Schumacher.

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