"It's storybook. I'm thrilled to be here and to get it done", Linden said.
Soon she did turn it around, as although she was not running that fast, she was running faster than everyone else and leading the Boston Marathon.
"I felt very bad and I was thinking, 'This is going to be embarrassing, '" said Linden. "It's supposed to be hard", she told reporters after the race.
"I just feel like it's the time", the Bostonian said days before the race.
Fear took over for Linden, as she still didn't expect to win.
"It was nice to get it right down Boylston this time for sure", she said. "And these are the people that I want to make the most proud", Flanagan added.
If you asked Linden herself what was going to happen early on in the race, she would have told you she was going to drop out as that's what she told fellow American Shalane Flanagan. The U.S. elite runner finished the marathon in 2:46:31, the Washington Post reports.
Despite the pit stop, Linden was still able to finish the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon first in 2 hours 39 minutes 54 seconds.
Linden saw Flanagan making an emergency break (the athlete darted into a portable toilet) and chose to slow down and make sure her friend and competitor was alright.
It was the culmination of a statement Flanagan made in the aftermath of her own major marathon win the previous fall.
The 34-year-old runner not only stopped to wait for her friend but also helped Flanagan catch the lead pack, states USA Today.
For her part, Flanagan finished in seventh, 6:37 down on her pacesetting pal.
Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years Monday, ending a long USA drought on a rain-soaked day.
On the fifth anniversary of the explosions near the finish line that killed three people and wounded hundreds more, Linden became the first US woman to win since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach did so in 1985 - before the race began offering prize money that lured the top worldwide competitors to town.
"I love this city, this race, this course", Linden said in a TV interview.
On being the first Japanese victor in 31 years: Kawuachi noted that Toshihiko Seko last won Boston in 1987 which was the year he was born.
Making, the selfless act even more impressive, Linden had lost the 2011 race by just two seconds. That was more than four minutes better than second-place finisher Sarah Sellers but the slowest time for a womens victor in Boston since 1978. Canadian athlete Krista Duchene finished third, at 2:44:20.
At the end of the day, American men managed to snatch six of the Top 10 positions, with Andrew Bumbalough (2:19:52) coming in fifth, Scott Smith (2:21:47) finishing sixth, Elkanah Kibet (2:23:37) ranking eighth, and Daniel Vassallo (2:27:50) finishing last in the Top 10.