Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years in 2018.
She ran the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 39 minutes, and 54 seconds.
She’s competing again this year, fueled by pasta, peanut butter, and lots of coffee.
Desiree Linden drank champagne from her running shoe after she won the Boston Marathon in 2018.
That victory broke a 33-year losing streak for the US — Linden was the first American woman to win that race since 1985.
“It’s a lot of years of really hard work paying off,” Linden told Business Insider.
She’s at it again this Marathon Monday in Boston, where racers have kicked off the 55-degree Fahrenheit Boston course amid drizzly rain and light wind. It’s already a little warmer and less windy than last year’s blisteringly cold, wind-whipped race, which was one of the coldest that city had weathered in decades, but the grey sky conditions have some wondering if Linden might pull off another marathon win today.
Whatever the conditions when she’s running, Linden said her simple mantra is “calm, calm, calm,” since she believes you can’t force your way into a successful run.
“You have to let the fast come out of you,” she said.
Linden said her success last year was the result of years of hard work and dedication.
“It’s a good sort of lesson that it takes 10 years to become an overnight success.”
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Linden drinks a lot of coffee and uses caffeine during the race
Linden’s 26.2 mile races are fueled by lots of caffeine, carbohydrates, and a strict sleep routine. To train for last year’s New York Marathon in November, Linden said she supplemented her runs with more strength training. She ramped up cross-training and added more planks and push-ups into her routine than she did when she was younger.
“I’m 35 so maybe less miles is better,” she said. She also tries to protect her body from injury when she runs, though she admits she doesn’t have any special secrets for avoiding crossing over the “red line” and overtraining.
“Marathon training is all about learning how to run well when you’re really tired,” she said.
Linden is not snobby about her pre-race diet. She relies on toast with peanut butter …read more
Source:: Business Insider