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“It’s kind of comical,” she says, chuckling again at the absurdity of the day, how the race unfolded. That did not happen; this is not real.’” It a bizarre race.
In a deluge of rain, with temperatures in the high 30s and 25-mph headwinds, Linden didn’t even bother to warm up.
A long dirt driveway leads from the door of Desiree Linden’s Lake Michigan home out to the road and the miles of rolling hills that wind past dairy farms and fruit stands.
It’s mid-July, a.m., and the temperature has already climbed into the 80s with the humidity hanging like a sweater.
The race she had worked toward for more than a decade—the Boston Marathon.
That marathon win, three months earlier, was the first of her career and came after a string of second-place finishes had her wondering if she’d ever break the tape.
She thought to herself, “I’m actually, probably, the strongest person here right now.” Linden took the lead around mile 23 and pressed all the way to the finish.
She was 20 paces from the tape before she finally let herself celebrate with a double-armed flex. In a Tweet that spoke for Linden’s legions of followers, Flanagan wrote: “My legs have never been more sore. But Des Linden won the Boston Marathon so life is good.”Boston gave the 35-year-old levity she hasn’t felt in years—if ever—but it did not make her complacent.
“I felt like I was pretty good for not being a full-time runner,” Linden says.She and her older sister, Natalie, were always athletic.