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An American woman won the New York City marathon for the first time in 40 years

Shalane Flanagan just proved that females are totally awesome.

Yesterday, the Nike runner and Olympic athlete came in first place in the New York City Marathon, making her the first American woman in 40 years to do so. Talk about awesome!

The marathon, which is 26.2 miles, takes place throughout various Manhattan boroughs and ends in Central Park. Shalane crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 26 minutes and 53 seconds (all race times are unofficial and won't be verified until later this month, according to CNN). The athlete has four Olympic medals under her belt, too, so we're pretty sure it's safe to compare her to Wonder Woman, right?

"I've dreamed of a moment like this since I was a little girl," Shalane said in a post-win press conference. "I hope this inspires the next generation of American women to just be patient. It took me seven years to do this."

If you need a little more inspo to get through the week, check out these quotes from the all-star runner.

When you're procrastinating...

“No excuses. Just do the work.”

When you're feeling down on yourself, think of these words to pick yourself back up...

"You never know who you might inspire."

When you know you're not giving it your all...

"I'm not a wishy-washy, on the fence type of person. You've gotta give it everything you've got."

When you're afraid to ask for help or lean on others...

"In those final miles, I was absolutely thinking of who have helped me be in this position."

What inspires you? Are you a runner? Share in the comments!

Photo Credit: Instagram/Shalane Flanagan


by Sydney Adamson | 11/6/2017
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