With two more days to go, Marathon Monday is coming up pretty quick. As more and more people began to filter into Beantown on Friday, the city seems to have doubled overnight. The air is thick with excitement for the marathon next week and everyone is talking about the American team and their chances of some big wins this year. Before heading into the big race, we caught up with two-time Olympic marathoner, Hansons-Brooks ODP athlete and five-time Boston Marathon competitor Desiree Linden to learn a little bit more about her.
Competitor Running: What’s one of your most memorable races?
Desiree Linden: Boston 2011 is the easy answer because I was competing for a win, but I would say the first time I was on a world championship team. You put on the USA uniform, and you’re running for something bigger than yourself. That feeling kind of kept me in the sport and thinking, “Yeah, this is worth chasing as a goal.”
CR: What time of day do you prefer to run?
DL: Mid-morning. I’m old now, so I get up and I get coffee, walk around, work out the kinks in my legs and the creaks in my bones. Once I get all that stuff out of the way then I’m like, “alright, let’s go running.”
CR: When you’re not training, how do you spend your time?
DL: With my husband [Ryan Linden], we’re usually getting up to something that we found in the paper, like an event or movie, or maybe just starting a coffee company. We started a coffee company with [Ben and Sarah True], so that’s been a big time sucker lately.
CR: What’s your splurge meal after a race?
DL: Burger and a beer. Burger loaded up, put jalapenos on there, put cheese on there, put everything you can after the race.
CR: What keeps you running…other than titles?
DL: I run to find out how good I can be, that’s why I compete. That keeps me motivated, that keeps me doing the mileage and all the hard stuff. I think there’s a little bit more to get out and I am trying to find that boundary. When that’s done, I’ve definitely learned to love the process of running. I love going out the door, I like moving forward, I like sweating and that stuff is all just as important.
CR: Who’s going to be there at the finish line cheering you on this Marathon Monday?
DL: I know the [Hanson] brothers will be out on the course, so I don’t expect them to get to the finish line. I’ve heard stories about that before. My husband will be there hopefully, you know, he might be watching TV or something. No, he plans to be there along with my agent Josh [Cox].
CR: What makes you “run happy”?
DL: I think it’s finding out how good I can be. I like going out and testing myself, seeing what I can do. It’s one of those things where, you think you’re right at the edge and you say, “hey, try it one more time. Keep showing up, try one more time. I always have a little more in me and I love that part, and it keeps me running happy.”