It Takes Two: Desiree Linden and Brooks Glycerin

It Takes Two: Desiree Linden and Brooks Glycerin

Last year Desiree Linden won the Boston Marathon, becoming the first American woman to win the iconic race in over thirty years. Despite the disastrous weather leaving her soaked from the top of her head to the bottom of her Glycerins, Linden still managed to smile as she crossed the finish line. Training for hours and running hundreds of miles to prepare is one thing, but to be like Linden and still smile at the end of the day requires relentless optimism and dependable running shoes. Luckily, as a professional athlete for Brooks, Linden has plenty of both.

Desiree Linden

The Spirit

Linden’s life motto is “keep showing up.” It’s this persistence that allows her to keep going race after race, year after year. Of course she needs to be physically fit to run marathons (that’s a given), but it takes just as much mental preparation to be able to push herself at that caliber.

Before winning in 2018, Linden ran the Boston Marathon six times, and she’ll compete again on April 15. And even if the results don’t pan out as she’d like, there’s a 99% chance that she’ll keep showing up to marathons across the country because that’s just who she is.

Brooks Glycerin 17

The Shoes

This “keep showing up” mentality is why the dependability of the Brooks brand (who have sponsored her since 2006) is so important to her. Linden knows that year-round she can trust Brooks Glycerin shoes to support her and give her comfort during her runs.

“I’ve never had a Glycerin that I felt uncomfortable putting on and logging a long run in, right out of the box,” Linden said. “Trends will come and go, but the Glycerin is going to outlast all of them.”

She’s been running since high school and wearing Glycerins since college, so when it comes to shoes, the 35-year-old knows what’s best.

“The DNA LOFT is a stellar cushion, and there’s just the right amount,” Linden said. “In the Glycerin 17, the upper fits like a glove, and the material is very breathable and well ventilated.”

Linden points out that though the shoe is an important part of her success, it doesn’t possess magical powers.

“You do the running,” Linden said. “It doesn’t bring anything fancy to the table because that’s your job, but it’s never going to take away from your run.”

In less than a week Linden will show up to compete in this year’s Boston Marathon with hopes to defend her title, no doubt sporting a pair of her favorite shoes.

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The ASICS City Icons Pack: 26.2 Miles Of History

The ASICS City Icons Pack: 26.2 Miles Of History

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the following cities: Boston, Paris, Barcelona, Tokyo, London, and Stockholm? Is it their rich history? Or their gorgeous scenery? There are many things that tie these amazing cities together and one of these connections is that they all play host to some of the world’s greatest marathons.

ASICS City Icons Pack Featured

ASICS designed six special colorways of their famous GEL-Nimbus 20 that pay homage to both these incredible locales and the thousands upon thousands of runners who accept the challenge of running in these historic marathons.

We got a chance to sit down with ASICS Marketplace Merchandiser Paul Lang to chat about the inspiration behind the ASICS City Icons Pack and why the GEL-Nimbus 20 is the perfect shoe for every aspiring long-distance runner.

Let’s talk about the cities that were chosen for this pack— what went in to the selection process?

“For this collection, we chose global cities that have a deep marathon tradition; locations where runners find themselves surrounded by beautiful architecture, gorgeous parks, and passionate athletes all chasing big goals. The history of Boston, the beauty of Paris, the energy of Barcelona, Tokyo’s electric nights, London’s majesty, and Stockholm’s grace are all captured in unique ways, while the shoes share a design DNA that brings the collection together wonderfully.”

I’ve heard that the shoe colors are based on the official race colors of that city’s marathon. Do the colors take inspiration from the city itself? How so?

Each model uses a base inspired from a major running moment in its respective city. The name of each city is boldly splashed across the side of each shoe to tie the collection together, but with color unique to that city’s story. ASICS is the official footwear sponsor of the Paris, Barcelona, and Stockholm Marathons, so those shoes actually feature the official race colors of those cities. As an added bonus for those three models, each features a lace loop of the official race logo.”

It looks like each sockliner has callouts of city icons. Can you tell us what is featured for each city?

Each of the models actually has two city icon discoverables:”

Ready For The Boston Marathon: Hear How Top Runners Are Preparing

Ready For The Boston Marathon: Hear How Top Runners Are Preparing

The Boston Marathon is one of the world’s largest races and, every year, many of the best runners test their mettle along the grueling course. We got a chance to talk to two of this year’s biggest names, Desiree Linden and Shadrack Biwott, about what they’re looking forward to, how they’ve prepared, and which Brooks Running shoes they’ve been rocking to train for the event.

 

Desiree Linden