Monday Matters — A note to Lauren Fleshman

Dear Lauren Fleshman,

It sounds like it’s been a whirlwind (or perhaps a tornado) of crazy amounts of training and injury-scares and blogging and interviews and Picky Bar-making for you — ever since you announced your intention to debut at the 26.2 distance in the Big Apple.

That was less than 3 months ago — August 10th, to be exact. You were in London at the time, fresh off that exhilarating 5k win at Crystal Palace, when you kicked it home to the second fastest time of your life. That was a great race! And so was your seventh-place finish a month later at the World Championships in Korea.

On Sunday we got to watch you become an official marathoner at the prestigious ING New York Marathon. From what you said in post-race interviews, it sounds like you may have hit the wall really hard in those last miles, but you ran 2:37 on your first go-round and were the second American female. That’s insane!

It’s about 36 hours since you finished, and we just got done reading a great article in none other than the New York Times. Wow! What can we say, Lauren? We’re proud.

So we decided to dedicate our weekly Monday Matters’ blog is to you, Lauren Fleshman. You’re a 5k runner who made a huge leap up to the marathon and survived it in impressive fashion. And more than that, you’re a great person who makes our community a better place to be (and a better place to run). We hope your husband is feeding you grapes and expensive cheese right now.

The focus and determination you’ve shown this season has been inspiring, and we can’t wait to see you race back at Hayward Field during the 2012 Olympic Trials. We’ll definitely be tuning in to your always-entertaining blog as you prepare for this next adventure.

Sincerely,

Track Town USA

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