Let three of the world’s top marathoners motivate you to get running

Shalane Flanagan, Deena Kastor, and Steph Bruce connect online for an exclusive conversation focused on running. Check out their exclusive two-part video for some top-level training tips, race strategies, and a chance to win entry into the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon*.

New York Road Runners

Tap into the wisdom of some of the world’s top marathoners during an exclusive conversation with Shalane Flanagan, Deena Kastor, and Steph Bruce. The three elite athletes got together virtually to share tips that recreational runners of all ages and abilities can use to take their training to the next level.


Flanagan—who won the TCS New York City Marathon women’s open division in 2017—serves as both host and subject in the two-part video, sharing her own experiences while asking her guests questions.


Part one highlights ways to get started on a running program, along with tips on safely participating in a virtual race. Part two focuses on goalsetting and incorporates more demonstrations from the athletes, including the use of basic equipment to help stretch and train more effectively.




Here, the three set the scene with a few thoughts on their own goals, what running means to them, and how they stay motivated through the pandemic.


“One major goal of mine is to help get as many of my athletes on as many professional teams as possible,” says Flanagan, who coaches an elite track club in Portland, Oregon. “I also want to run an adventure/trail marathon for my 40th birthday, finish writing our third cookbook, and add another baby to our family.”


Fellow distance-running legend Deena Kastor holds nine U.S. road running records and is the only American woman ever to break a 2:20:00 marathon. She believes a serious training program requires serious focus.


“Quarantine has required me to be creative and flexible,” Kastor says. “In training, without races on the schedule, I want to show discipline.” As demanding as marathons are, Kastor always makes sure to enjoy the experience, from the butterflies of the starting line to the euphoria of the finish.


“The start is full of energy and anticipation and the finish is overflowing with accomplishment and celebration,” she explains. “Both resonate joyfully as, together, they embody race day.”


Outside of running, Kastor is a big fan of cooking and entertaining, though social distancing restrictions have kept the latter in check for now.


“The entertainer in me is still suppressed, but I am pumping out some seriously good food from my kitchen,” she explains. “It’s been fun, after creating more than 700 meals in our kitchen, enhancing our eating experience by following themes and introducing new foods.”


One of America’s most popular female distance runners, Steph Bruce has finished in the top 15 in four major marathon events. She’s also become a role model and inspiration to runners everywhere due to her open approach on social media. Bruce believes that motivation is something you just have to find within yourself.


“I have always felt motivation comes from within, and as a professional runner who is also juggling being a mom, trying to homeschool my kids during virtual school, that has never been more apparent,” Bruce says. “I feel more balanced and centered once I've gotten my training in, so I know that to be a better mom at home I need to hold myself accountable to my training.”


While she loves all the races she participates in, there’s a special place in her heart for the TCS New York City Marathon.


“I was born at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan so I'm a New Yorker at heart, and every time I race in NYC a special piece of me is on those streets,” she continues. “I love running through all the five boroughs, but especially miles 16-18 when you cross back over into Manhattan and the crowds on First Avenue are electrifying and willing you to keep pushing.”


A proponent of intense training with plenty of lofty goals for 2021 and beyond, she also believes in the power of rest to restore both body and mind.


“Usually after all of my major marathons I try to plan a vacation that we can all go on as a reward for the hard months of training,” she explains. “I take my breaks very seriously and I believe that has contributed to my longevity in the sport, because I take a break both physically and mentally from the demands of rigorous and routine training.”


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