Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Olympic Hopeful: Shalane Flanagan (Tuesday Tune vol 105)


Today's Tuesday Tunes are Shalane Flanagan's.  Now get a load of how today's post unraveled: As is the case with all Tuesday Tunes, I let them just fly at me.  I don't ever sit down, with applied pressure and tension headache, to say, "It's Tuesday and I need some Tunes."  No siree, for Tuesday Tunes cannot be forced.  I just go about my day, and if a Tuesday Tune inspiration comes my way, then so be it.  If not, then so not be it.

Well, today, I was thinking about Shalane Flanagan.  Mostly about how fast she is and whatnot.  But also about how spectacularly adorable she is, and how she should be one of Rabidrunner's Olympic Hopefuls.  Then it hit me.  She prolly has some tunes on the internet somewhere!  After a quick google, my hunch proved true.  Runner's World published a Playlist of hers not too long ago.

The funny thing about this list, however, is that some ugly Joe in a basement somewhere left a comment and declared her playlist "crap." I was all sorts of disgusted with this Joe.  For one thing, any true music aficionado knows and testifies, that when it comes to music, there is one rule: to each their own.  There's no such thing as the end-all, be-all in music.  True music-lovers respect others' taste in music.  So while Joe is holed-down in a basement in his ugly unders, listening to Blink 182 and all the bands that sound like Blink 182 (or whatever), and wallowing in his musical superiority, others of us are looking at one another's lists and showing some respect.  'Cause we all know that we're about to discover something we like, right?

Truthfully, I've never met a playlist I didn't like.

So with that, here are some go-get-'em tunes a la Shalane Flanagan:

Saul Williams – List of Demands
Fergie – Glamorous
Mary J. Blige – Just Fine
Kevin Rudolf & Little Wayne – Let It Rock
Coldplay – Viva la Vida
Kid Cudi – Day 'n' Nite
Lady GaGa – Poker Face (Watch this one for the rad black 'n white Great Danes!)
Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
Maroon 5 – Harder to Breath
Metro Station – Shake It
Lupe Fiasco ft. Matthew Santos – Superstar
T.I. ft Rihanna – Live Your Life
Christina Aguilera – Fighter
Bruce Springsteen – Working On a Dream

Now that we've covered Flanagan's musical taste, let's move on to her Olympic Hopeful featurette. Massachusettes-raised Shalane Flanagan is 30 years of age, and the current American record holder for the 3k, 5k, and 10k.  She owns (and fondles daily, I'm sure) a Bronze from the Bejing Olympics in the 10k.  Running is in her genes, I suppose, as she was born to runners Cheryl Bridges (former world champion marathoner) and Steve Flanagan (a 2:18 marathoner.)  Shalane attended and ran for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and is married to Steven Ashley Edwards.

Here are the Shalane Flanagan Personal Greats:

1500 m – 4:05.86 (Eugene, Oregon 10 June 2007)
3000 m – 8:33.25 (Boston, Massachusetts 27 January 2007)
5000 m – 14:44.80 (Walnut, California 13 April 2007)
10,000 m – 30:22.22 (NR Beijing, China 15 August 2008)
Half marathon – 1:08:36 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19 September 2010)
Marathon – 2:28:40 (New York City, New York 7 November 2010)

Right here and now, I predict that Shalane will be on the U.S. Olympic marathon team.  Let's see if I'm right!  Three days and counting...

1 comment:

whitneyingram said...

Excellent! I was just about to post on the FB that I need ideas for a better work out playlist! This will do it! Thanks! I think it is good karma if one uses a marathon champs playlist.