Shalane Flanagan is no fitness slouch. She’s a former Olympic athlete, but now she is adding another title to her many accomplishments – she’s the first American female winner of the New York City Marathon in 40 years — but that’s not the limit to her inspiring presence.
Flanagan even beat out a famous Kenyan runner, Mary Keitany a 3-time former winner, to seize the title. Her win also comes just five days after an ‘ISIS’ terrorist attack in lower Manhattan that killed 8 people and left security for the marathon under scrutiny.
Oddly, Flanagan also faced a false-flag, terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon in which she ran in 2013. Shortly after crossing the finish line, two bombs went off, wounding more than 260 people.
Anyone who has run a single marathon can understand the grueling physical training that one must endure to finish, let alone win. You have to pray you don’t get any injuries while training, stick to a strict diet and exercise schedule, clocking an average of 100 to 130 miles per week, leading up the marathon, and sacrificing many of life’s other little perks, like time with family and friends, in order to be ready. That extra piece of cheesecake at dinner – forget about it.
But these might be small accomplishments compared to the psychological training a marathon runner has to endure considering the modern political and social landscape.
As the Boston Marathon, London terrorist event, and most recently the Las Vegas shootings have proven, anywhere large groups of people gather, are targets for the Deep State. While some still call these events conspiracies, they affect real people and cause real damage.
When people like Flanagan win the New York Marathon, she is proving not only her endurance, strength, and physical grit, but her emotional and psychological fortitude.
In speaking of her desire to win prior to the race, Flanagan stated,
“New York and Boston are magical to me,” Flanagan says. “I’ve chased enough fast times on the track that I’m kind of at peace with my PRs and my times. I know I could run a faster marathon for sure but it’s not as important to me as doing well and putting together an inspired race in New York.
“I’m mentally acting like as if it’s my last. I don’t want to have these contingencies that if it doesn’t go well then at least I’ve got something else. I just want to act like this is it. I like to put that type of pressure on myself. To be honest, I just don’t know.”
Her race was indeed inspired, and possibly for reason which she may not even be aware of. When people on the street live life, and live it fully, despite the constant threat of mischief and mayhem perpetuated by a handful of high-ranking government officials and they’re puppet masters, we prove to ourselves and the world, that nothing can stop us.
Flanagan is strong evidence for our collective psyches, that despite injuries, a few feet of snow, set-backs, and even terrorist threats, we can overcome our fears, push through the tough times, and rally our best selves to win – the New York Marathon being a small analogy for bigger challenges we face in our world today.
That she is an American woman, on top of all her other incredible personality traits, is an even greater testament to the strength we all have within us, regardless of our gender. Her win is one for all of America. She’s an inspiration for so many reasons.
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