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Sept. 7, 2022

Des Linden | Sports Psychology, Running Commentary, Trail and Ultrarunning Interests

Des Linden | Sports Psychology, Running Commentary, Trail and Ultrarunning Interests

Des Linden is a professional runner for Brooks Running. She joins the Singletrack Podcast to talk about a range of topics including her interests in sports psychology, her nascent career as a commentator for NBC in their running broadcasts, and perhaps most notably to this audience - her intentions to transition more significantly from road marathons to trail and ultra running as early as next year.


Timestamps:

  • (0:37) - running background, accolades
  • (2:01) - interests in sports psychology
  • (5:00) - how she thinks about and handles pressure
  • (7:31) - broadcasting, running commentary career
  • (17:38) - reflections on the current stage of her marathoning career
  • (19:28) - 50K world record, interests in ultras after that experience
  • (22:14) - how she thinks about career transitions
  • (24:39) - talks with sponsors about switching to/trying trails and ultras
  • (25:39) - memorable moments visiting Chamonix this year, spectating UTMB
  • (28:57) - strengths and weaknesses on trails
  • (30:49) - other trails and ultra races she's interested in
  • (31:50) - inspirations in our sport
  • (32:43) - whether she will go "all-in" on trail and ultra running
  • (34:08) - how her training and lifestyle would change switching to ultras
  • (35:21) - miscellaneous questions 


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