Many athletes worry about what’s on the other side of pro sports, but the 2017 New York City Marathon champion has found new purpose in coaching, cooking, and commentating.
The year before her retirement from professional running, Shalane Flanagan felt like she was living in purgatory. After knee surgery, rehab replaced training. For the first time in 15 years, one of the most decorated distance runners in the country had no races on the calendar, no plans to compete-and a waning desire to ever log 130-mile weeks again.
But she hadn’t yet retired, either, so she struggled to figure out what each day should look like. At 38 years old, the rhythm of her adult life was in upheaval, unanchored by the rigors of marathon mileage, fueling, and recovery.
“I felt very relieved and better about where I was headed in life after I finally announced my retirement,” Flanagan says….