The Olympic Trials? Or the Boston Marathon? Des Linden is Doing the Double – Women’s Running
During the previous 12 months the hypothesis has been standard. Will Desiree Linden race the Olympic Marathon Trials on February 29? Or will she go back to the 2020 Boston Marathon on April 20 as a substitute?
Linden in any case has a solution—and it’s no longer what many had predicted: she’ll race them each.
“Running the Boston Marathon seven weeks after the U.S. Olympic Trials is a plan that has been in the works for kind of a 12 months,” Linden stated in a written commentary launched by means of John Hancock, which organizes the Boston Marathon elite box. “I crossed the finish line in 2019 and knew if my body was capable, I wanted to return to Boston in 2020.”
Linden, 36, completed the 2019 Boston Marathon in 5th position and extra not too long ago positioned 6th at the 2019 New York City Marathon. She was once 2d at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and went on to position 7th at the Rio Games. Linden’s most famed consequence, after all, is successful the 2018 Boston Marathon, when she was the first American lady to most sensible the podium in 33 years.
Since that ancient end in 2018, beneath torrential rain and freezing temperatures, Linden has attempted to take a special solution to her profession, leaving her long-time crew, the Hansons-Brooks Project, to coach most commonly on her personal in Charlevoix, Michigan, beneath the path of Walt Drenth, who coached her at Arizona State University.
“My coach and I had some long conversations on doing the double, how we would tailor the training, and if it was reasonable to expect to run well in both races,” Linden stated. “We were both excited about the challenge.”
Although racing two marathons in fast succession is no longer totally remarkable—Roberta Groner, as an example, raced the 2019 global championships and the New York City marathons inside 5 weeks throughout the fall—it is atypical in an Olympic 12 months. Should Linden position in the most sensible 3 at the Trials to make the group for the 2020 Tokyo Games, she’d race a 3rd marathon 16 weeks after Boston, at the Olympics.
“No matter the outcome of the Olympic Trials, I’ll stand in Hopkinton looking to challenge for a top spot in Boston and excited to put on a show for the best fans in the world,” she stated.
Linden may well be taking monetary issues into consideration as smartly. Although the Olympic Trials provides prize cash ($80,000 for first position, $65,000 for 2d, $55,000 for 3rd) and athletes usually earn efficiency bonuses for making the U.S. group, runners—particularly former champions—stand to make extra at primary marathons, the place they negotiate look charges, in addition to get efficiency bonuses and prize cash ($150,000 for first, $75,000 for 2d, $40,000 for 3rd).
She additionally has a protracted historical past in Boston. Linden has raced it seven instances, it’s the place she debuted at the 26.2-mile distance in 2007, and the place she set her non-public perfect in 2011 (2:22:38), when she positioned 2d by means of simply two seconds in a fight down Boylston Street with Caroline Kilel.
Whatever the case, Linden has stated that on this level in her profession, she’s apt to take extra possibilities. In New York, the place she uncharacteristically led the race for a portion of the first part, she stated it was once time to take a “big swing.”
“It’s about trying something new,” she stated, after the race in New York. “You don’t have a breakthrough doing the same thing over and over again, being really conservative and really cautious.”
Boston Marathon officers additionally introduced that protecting champions Lawrence Cherono and Worknesh Degefa are returning in 2020, at the side of former winners Yuki Kawauchi, Edna Kiplagat, Geoffrey Kirui, Lelisa Desisa, and Caroline Rotich. The remainder of the box can be introduced early subsequent 12 months.