Each autumn since she became a professional marathoner, Desiree Linden has raced on the flat surfaces of Chicago or Berlin, or started her way back after the World Championships in late summer, or, after the 2012 Olympics, coped with the one serious injury of her life.

The one thing she hasn’t done is the New York City Marathon.

“I didn’t necessarily feel I was ready for it,” she told Runner’s World Newswire this week.

Linden, formerly Davila, is best known for her second-place 2:22:38, two seconds behind the winner, at the 2011 Boston Marathon, and for another second at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. After her 2:23:54 in Boston this past April – good for just tenth place in the deepest women’s finish in the race’s history – she’s a solid favorite to be the first American woman finisher in New York on November 2.

Linden, 31, has eagerly anticipated taking on New York’s challenging course, and the hills of its second half, for a long time.

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