Flanagan wants to break the mark in Berlin next weekend.
The 33-year-old has her eyes on Deena Kastor's 2:19:36 mark.
The British runner wants to break his marathon personal best of 2:10 he ran three years ago.
Scenes from the Berlin Marathon, which saw Wilson Kipsang break the men's marathon world record.
It might happen, but it won't happen anytime soon.
The 30-year-old American had a memorable race in the German capital in 2009.
The world record holder has a knee injury.
Two of the top Kenyans square off Sept. 29 in the German capital.
Despite how close runners are to the magic mark, it doesn't seem possible right now.
The 29-year-old has not run a full marathon since the Olympic Trials last year.