Sporting Life: Finding inspiration from a sporting stranger

Shalane Flanagan is 40, a mother, and is trying to run six marathons.PHOTO: SHALANEFLANAGAN/INSTAGRAM

You can't do it alone in sport, you need something or someone to lean on, learn from, listen to. Something to lift you - pro or amateur - out of declining form or from the grim grip of injury. A coach, maybe, or a tennis pal. A book, a quote or a psychologist.

Or a runner you've never met.

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