American marathoner Desiree Linden spent six weeks in Iten, Kenya, training for this year’s Boston Marathon, a race she returns to for the first time since finishing second in 2011. Competitor senior video producer Steve Godwin and photo editor Scott Draper spent Linden’s last week in Iten with her, documenting her preparation for the April 21 race and highlighting the culture of the Kenyan running community. Stay tuned to Competitor.com over the next few weeks as we share footage, imagery and insight in a four-part video series we’re calling The Kenya Project.
In Episode 2 of The Kenya Project, Linden discusses the Kenyan running culture and talks about what’s she’s learned training in Iten, Kenya for the 2014 Boston Marathon.
“I think the most I learned out here was about myself,” she says. “And it’s kind of taking back that mentality of just get in a little over your head. You can take these big chances and even if they don’t go perfectly to plan, then you just take a moment to just figure it out, relax and solve it—and then get yourself right back in it.”