American Des Linden finished her 19th marathon on Sunday morning in New York, running the race in 2:26:49 to finish sixth overall and as the first American woman. The marathoner is one of the all-time greats in both running accomplishments and running commentary.
After her sixth-place finish, the runner schooled a reporter on all things alcohol. The reporter asked Linden if her post-race celebrations would involve bourbon or whiskey, and she responded: “Bourbon is whiskey, Larry.”
She continued to say, “I’ve got to put a base layer down. So some kind of food. I should have a big pancake or something. Just stuff the stomach up and then there will be some kind of bourbon.” The full interview is below.
Here’s the video: https://t.co/KdCtYGi4fY
— Rachel Bachman (@Bachscore) November 3, 2019
Linden said post-race on Twitter yesterday that her motto for the race was, “swing away.” She jokes that she came up a little short and died in the race (but didn’t actually die, so the runner counted that as a win.)
Mantra for today’s #TCSNYCMarathon: Swing away.
Mission accomplished. I died … but also I didn’t actually die and that’s valuable.
— des_linden (@des_linden) November 3, 2019
It’s unknown whether Linden will compete in the upcoming US Olympic Trials. The race is happening this February in Atlanta, but Linden hasn’t confirmed her presence. Linden told Team USA ahead of her race in New York, “I think usually what you would do is circle the trials [for the next Olympics] and work four years back and look at every single race and how it would play into you making the team,” Linden went on. “[But] after [the Rio Olympics], I didn’t know how much longer I was going to [run marathons] or how my body was going to hold up. I went the opposite way: The focus is on the next race, and then what comes next. How does my body feel? It’s not out of the cards.”