Shalane Flanagan ‘leaning toward’ running the Boston Marathon again

"I feel like I would be pretty sad and it would not feel right if I was not on the starting line."

Shalane Flanagan
Shalane Flanagan after winning the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Seth Wenig / AP

Marblehead native and recent New York City Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan might not be done with the Boston Marathon. While the 36-year-old is still basking in the glow of her New York win, she’s leaving the door more than a little ajar for another shot at victory in Boston.

In a recent interview for Runner’s World, Flanagan was asked a final question: Was New York her last competitive race, or will she run the Boston Marathon again?

I’m still figuring that out. But if I’m being honest with you and with myself, I started to just visualize myself in the stands watching the marathon and imagining how I’d feel there, versus how I’d feel standing at the starting line in Hopkinton. And I’m starting to sway one way over the other. I feel like I would be pretty sad and it would not feel right if I was not on the starting line. If anything, I’m leaning toward that. But it’s one thing to sit on my couch with a glass of wine and talk about it and another thing to actually start training again.

For sure it seems like my heart is starting to lean toward getting on the start line again, but I still need to dial in the details and make sure my team and family are on board.

Flanagan was the first American woman to win in New York in 40 years. Clearly, she would take particular joy from achieving victory in Boston, given her ties to the area. The last U.S. woman to win in Boston was Lisa Rainsberger in 1985.