BOSTON — This is it. The final time.
Shalane Flanagan made that clear Friday morning at the Fairmont Copley Hotel, stating that Monday’s 122nd running of the Boston Marathon would be the last time she competes to win on her hometown course.
“I don’t know if this will be my last marathon, but I think this will probably be my last Boston as an elite runner,” said Flanagan, a four-time Olympian and Marblehead native. “I just feel like it’s the time, an instinctual, intuitive moment for me. I feel like putting that pressure on myself, that it’s my last, is kind of a good mentality for me.”
Wanting to finally win what she refers to as “her” race — having grown up about 16½ miles from the finish line on Bolyston Street — the 36-year-old Flanagan said she’s well prepared, focused and ready to do whatever it takes.
“I want this race so badly that I almost have to pretend