How marathon runner Des Linden ventured into the 'unknown' to break the 50km record
May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Des Linden knows how to celebrate -- whether that's slurping champagne out of a running shoe or sipping a glass of well-aged bourbon.
A seasoned marathon runner who had never previously raced beyond 26. 2 miles, Linden clocked an average pace of five minutes, 47 seconds per mile over 31 miles to dip under the three-hour mark and take the record from Britain's Alyson Dixon.
The 37-year-old Linden decided to take on the 50km record to fill a hole in her racing calendar that would usually have been occupied by a spring marathon.
The training was designed to prepare Linden for racing beyond the distance of a marathon.
"I was going through 25, 26 miles and you start feeling that marathon fatigue where your feet are kind of sticking to the ground, your energy levels are low and you still have a long way to go," she says, reflecting on last month's event.
An alternate for this year's Olympics if a member of the team has to withdraw, Linden is also setting her sights on the Boston Marathon in October.
And when it comes to ultra-running -- defined as any race further than a marathon -- the 50km record might just have been the start for Linden.