Boston Marathon champion Des Linden is the first American woman to win the event since 1985.
Linden shared some tips on how to run a marathon successfully with Business Insider.
The marathon is a grueling event, but Linden’s advice can help you make the most of your training — not to mention succeed on the day of the big race.
Boston Marathon champion Des Linden made history. The professional runner is the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985.
She also previously represented the US at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics.
During an interview with Business Insider last year, Linden said that she thought the event was “insane” when she first became involved in the world of running. But, since joining the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project, she’s established herself as a dominant figure in marathon running.
The event is no walk in the park. It’s ancient origin story involves a soldier named Pheidippides dropping dead after running 26.2 miles in order to report news of the Greeks’ victory in the Battle of Marathon.
But Linden has some tips on how to set yourself up for success in the big race.
Here’s Linden’s advice on how to run a marathon:
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Make sure you’ve decided to run a marathon for the right reasons
“A lot of first-time runners think, ‘Oh, the marathon is sexy,'” Linden said. “It’s what you want to put on your bucket list.”
She said it’s better to test yourself with shorter 5K and 10K races, rather than just throwing yourself into a marathon.
“If you’re not really ready for it, you’re probably not going to love it,” she said. “Give yourself a chance to fall in love with it, and you get that by being patient and slowly building towards it. If you can create a love of the process, then you can run for your entire life, which is pretty incredible.”
Take the plunge and sign up
For runners who’ve yet to conquer the marathon, Linden said that just signing up can be a huge motivator.
Signing up — and putting your money down for a race — will establish your commitment and heighten your resolve.
Get the right shoes
Linden said you should never “just pick a shoe because it looks cool or because the price is right or it’s what’s there in front of you.”
Instead, she recommended heading to a store that specializes in running shoes, especially if you need help picking one that’s right for you.
As a member of the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project, Linden said she wears Hansons-Brooks shoes.
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Source:: Business Insider