These persistent fantasies are made for the funny pages. The comic books. Flanagan going at it alone enables the seven women (excluding Goucher) who've run faster lifetime bests great opportunity to draft. Gain aid. Finish ahead of and eventually run faster than Flanagan.
EPelle wrote:These persistent fantasies are made for the funny pages. The comic books. Flanagan going at it alone enables the seven women (excluding Goucher) who've run faster lifetime bests great opportunity to draft. Gain aid. Finish ahead of and eventually run faster than Flanagan.
Yes, some Boston entrants have run faster than Flanagan. But there's more than one prediction now that Flanagan can, and just might, hold her own with these women. She may have run "only" 2:25+ so far, but she has a sub-2:20 in her! Whether it is given birth on Monday.....or dies stillborn....is up to the Gods to decide (plus a bit of blood, sweat, and tears!).
I didn't say she'd go it alone....only alone (possibly!!) among the Americans! Though Goucher could surprise....and go sub-2:20 also......but I'd put her more in the 2:22 (at best!) category.
Will even a 2:19 be enough to win? The CR is just 2:20:43!! But Boston.....and marathons in general....are fickle souls!!
P.S. As for comic books and funny pages, I once had an idea for a daily comic. I would write the dialogue, and get someone to do the graphics. It was to be about 3 people sharing an apartment in a city.....one's a paraplegic, one's blind, and one has cerebral palsy. The C.P. person was to be a girl...the other 2 guys! It was going to be mostly a comedy....but with some dramatic themes entered into it. Alas, it was one of MANY ideas I had that I never developed!!
Monday weather forecast for Hopkinton & Boston -- most factors look good:
predicted high temps upper 50s, so probably in the 40s-50ish for most of the time the elites are running.
low humidity & zero/very low chance of precipitation.
However, both forecasts predict E winds: 5-10mph in Hopkinton, 10-15 in Boston.
So, as of today's forecast no W wind to facilitate super-fast running, but otherwise could be a good day for racing, depending on how calm the wind conditions turn out to be while they are actually on the course.
flanagan absolutely has a chance she has a bronze at world xc, bronze at 10000 in the olympics, she has by far the fastest 10000 in the field 30:22 #17 all time, she just ran a solo 10000 in 31:04 a couple of weeks ago, before her taper. flanagan is the best woman runner in the race, though others have so far run better marathons, flanagan has yet to get the marathon right, but if she does a victory is very possible 2:22-2:23 could be the winning time.
Yes, Mary Cain is the most talented women distance runner since that other ultra talented Mary...Decker-Slaney.
And Aaronk...you did steal my post..but I'lll gladly join this one: I do believe that Flanagan is a serious threat to win, but it would defintely be an upset as things stand. And no one would like to see that upset more than me.
The race is much more interesting to me with Kara and Shalane and Joan Samuelson (Shooting to run just 30 minutes slower than she did in her great race in 1983, 30 years ago).
Oh, Larry Rawson, I love you man! He's very consistently translating mile pace into kilo pace for American viewers (and that helps how???!??) and just mentioned a slightly increased pace that has been "engendered" into the race.