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Shalane ran an incredible race this morning. There’s been a lot of build up to Boston for her — she announced very publicly that she wasn’t just after a great performance. She wanted a win.

She came away with 6th place. But she set one of the fastest Boston paces in history, creating a record-breaking race, and gaining a PR in the process.

Finally, after crossing the finish line in the fastest time ever run by an American woman at Boston, Shalane followed it all up with an amazingly gracious post-race interview.

She just showed us all that there’s no shame in being loud and proud about your goals, working for what you want, and falling short. That, in and of itself, is incredibly inspirational.