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Behind The Scenes: Shalane Flanagan Cover

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Shalane Flanagan's Women's Running magazine cover shoot!


Following her victory at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Shalane Flanagan was ready for her close up. Women’s Running met up with Shalane at the Nike Campus where the elite runner trains. Shalane showed up solo to the shoot aside from one special companion – her Olympic bronze medal.

RACE FACE

Makeup artist Lindsay Hale (lindsayhale.com) helped brighten Shalane’s lips and cheeks. Fun fact: The Olympic runner tints her eyelashes so she doesn’t have to worry about mascara running down her face during a race.

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STRIKE A POSE

Tunes from Kanye West and Maroon 5 blared in the background as Shalane posed with her medal, ran toward the camera and gave us her best game-day glare.

ELITE EATS

Sandwiches and cookies were on hand for the afternoon shoot. Shalane tucked into a turkey sub to help fuel her twice-daily workouts and 100-plus miles she runs each week in marathon training.

SNAP HAPPY

New-York based photographer James Weber (jamesweberstudio.com) shot the athlete’s natural stride at the Jerry Rice building in Beaverton, Ore.

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SHINE ON

In the 2008 Olympics in Bejing, Shalane captured the bronze medal in the women’s 10,000 meters with a blazing time of 30 minutes, 22 seconds. Women’s Running art director Melissa Mellert made sure the medal was camera-ready with a last-minute polish.

COVER STYLE

Shalane channeled the colors of Team USA, sporting a Nike Pro Victory Compression Sports Bra ($30) and Nike Women’s Running Boy Shorts ($35) in blue and red. Her kicks were a matching pair of Nike Free Run+ 3 ($100); nike.com.