A look inside Boston Marathon champion Des Linden's daily routine, which features 12-mile morning runs and two breakfasts
- Boston Marathon champion Des Linden is the first American woman to win the event since 1985.
- Linden told Business Insider about the daily routine she sticks to when she's training for a race.
- The marathoner's average day revolves around long runs, but she leaves plenty of time for recovery, too.
Boston Marathon champion Des Linden wasn't always drawn to her signature event.
"Actually, when I first started watching marathons, I was like, 'That's insane. Crazy. I would never do that,'" Linden told Business Insider. "So it wasn't love at first sight by any means."But when the professional runner joined the Hanson-Brooks Original Distance Project, she saw the transformative effect that training for the marathon had on her team mates.
"They just came out the other side as different people," she said.
Linden was sold. Since then, she's represented the US at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Linden made history in April by becoming the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985.
She told Business Insider that running marathons has taught her that she's capable of handling adversity.
"When we think we're down and out, there's still a little bit more," the long-distance runner said. "It's figuring out where the very bottom of your well is. And every time you're like, 'Wow, that was a little more than I thought.' You can keep pushing that threshold. It's kind of the same lesson over and over, but it's just going a little further each time."
Here's a look at Linden's daily routine when she's training for a marathon: