5 Inspiring Moments From Des Linden Winning The Boston 2018 Marathon
“At mile 2, 3, 4, 5 I wasn’t even sure I was going to make it to the finish line. So I asked Shalene ‘what can I do to help you?’ and helping her helped me find my legs again.”
Desiree Linden is the 1st American woman to win Boston since 1985, let that sink in for a minute. No American woman has won the Boston Marathon since she was *a one year old*. She did, and she did it in a BIG way. She did it unselfishly, smart, and with a ton of grace. Here are my 5 favorite inspiring moments From Des Linden Winning The Boston Marathon.
- She put in the work: Des had been placing in marathons for the past few years, 7th in the Olympics, and top ten in most major races, 10th in 2014 and 4th in 2016 for the Boston Marathon.
- She ran a super smart race: She wasn’t pushing early. She stayed with the pack and even fell behind early. Somehow she found it within herself to push, push and get back with the lead pack. It was a super decisive move that led to victory! She stayed mentally IN the race at the right time, when things started to look a little dim.
- She pushed at the exact right time: She saw Gesir and Daska take the lead and she didn’t panic at ALL. She made the decision to go for it at the right time, she knew that heartbreak hill was approaching, she knew the toughest part of the race was in front of her, and she laid back and waited for the perfect time to pull ahead and never look back.
- She ran strong until the end: She never looked tired, her stride was beautiful, her face was full of determination once she took the lead.
- She did it all through some of the worse running conditions: The rain NEVER let up! It was raining extremely hard, the wind was blowing SO crazy, by the last few steps you could barely see the runners in the cameras through the bands of rain. It wasn’t close to a PR or a WR but it didn’t matter. The finish was hers!
Actions and behaviors show people who you are. Much respect for @des_linden in waiting and helping Shalane get back up to the pack. To me, this shows that they are in it to get an American to win, regardless of which on it is.
— Steve Magness (@stevemagness) April 16, 2018
She opened the door for a new generation. Her win and the Shalene’s win have brought American women runners back to the forefront and it’s SO exciting to watch. Des Linden was born the same year as me–she put in the WORK, she is a fantastic and incredible inspiration. A fantastic teammate and a smart runner. Thank you Desiree Linden for your incredible race. This mediocre runner will never forget it.
5 Inspiring Moments From @Des_Linden Winning The 2018 #BostonMarathon #Boston2018 #BostonStrong
6th time’s a charm. Keep showing up! pic.twitter.com/TCJrG4Ee7A
— des_linden (@des_linden) April 16, 2018