On Tuesday, April 13, Des Linden set a new world best at the Brooks Running 50K in Eugene, Oregon. It was her first time racing farther than a marathon, and she became the first woman to break three hours at the 50K distance, finishing in 2:59:54.
Linden is known to many in the running world for her uncanny steadiness—a human metronome, if you will. She told reporters ahead of the race that she would be targeting an average pace of about 5:47 per mile. And wouldn’t you know it, she ended the race with an overall average of 5:47 per-mile.
Given the secluded race location and small crowd on site (not to mention spotty cell service), fans on social media were left to do a lot of their own math to figure out Linden’s splits throughout the race.
But now we have a bit more context for the Linden’s impressive race results. From mile splits to cadence and even running power, we got a peek at Linden’s results from her first (and world’s fastest) 50K.
Des Linden’s Race: By The Numbers
Take a peek at all of the amazing data from her record-setting run, shared by her watch sponsor Coros.
After she crossed the finish line, Strava users were quick to spot her workout on the app. Here’s what the breakdown looked like from her Coros data.
Linden covered the 50K yesterday in 2:59:54 (understandably, she was a little too excited to stop her watch at the exact finish). That’s an average pace per mile of 5:47 with a fastest mile of 5:33.
Cadence and Stride Length
Her cadence was very stable with an average of 194 per minute. The average stride length was 4.72 feet.
Running Power and Elevation
Linden had an average power output of 216 watts with her max power at 249 watts. This course was not flat—636 feet of elevation gain mostly from two big climbs is pretty challenging. For comparison, Boston Marathon has 891 feet of total elevation gain and New York City Marathon has around 853 feet of total gain, according to MapMyRun stats.
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