1010 WINS Sports Director Marc Ernay sits down with Desiree Linden, the winner of the 2018 Boston Marathon.

On The Marc With Desiree Linden

June 08, 2018 - 1:18 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- After running a marathon, a 10K might seem like no big deal. But Desiree Linden, the 2018 Boston Marathon winner, is still fired up for the New York Mini 10K this Saturday. 

"It's always tough getting back into things after a marathon," Linden says. "It's a little out of my wheelhouse. So it'll be fun to find out where I'm at and then know that I've got some work going forward.

Linden, a two-time Olympian, was the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. She says that she is excited to participate in this Saturday's competition, a women-only road race, even if it is a bit shorter than what she is used to. For her, the important part is that she gets to race with other women.

While there are some infamous rivalries in women's sports history, she says that she feels motivated by the successes of other marathoners. 

"There's just a lot of respect, because everyone knows how hard it is and how much time and effort you put in," Linden said. "If someone else gets it done, it's just a reminder that you can do it."

Linden didn't have a running start when it came to marathoning at first. She started as a soccer player and then moved on to track, where she reluctantly ran a 10K before getting sucked in.

"I was like, 'But im never going to marathon. That's way too long. Those people are crazy,'" she says. "And now I'm one of them."

Even though Linden calls marathon training a full-time job (an easy day is 12 to 14 miles in the morning), she still makes the time for other passions, from baseball to bourbon. She got so many bottles after winning Boston, she jokes that her collection might keep her from another win.

"If I never run a great marathon again, honestly I blame it on the fans," she says. "I got too much bourbon."

And for aspiring marathoners? She says that the only way to do it is to sign up.

"Once you've invested your several hundred dollars, you'll make sure you train," she says. "It'll change your life."