She only took part because her younger brother Ryan was running. Shalane Flanagan-the Marblehead, Mass., native who won the 2017 New York City Marathon- entered the race looking to win Boston and possibly retire. "So I said well it's slowing up, but if not I'll try to tuck in and bring you back to the group".
Canada's Krista Duchene was third, with a total of seven Americans in the women's top 10 and - for the second straight year - six in the men's. She said didn't believe it when she was told she had finished second, or that she earned $75,000.
But she won her first major marathon in 2:39:53, with compatriot Sarah Sellers, who works as a nurse, coming in second in 2:44:04.
"I could start to feel my arms getting heavy just from all the rain soaking in", she said.
She has a golden retriever named Boston, and had another named Miles who died previous year.
Toshihiko Seko, the Japanese runner who won the race in 1987 and 1981, told national broadcaster NHK: "In the awful conditions that everyone hates, Kawauchi managed to maintain the toughest spirit, more than anyone else".
Earlier on in the race, Linden said she told Flanagan she wasn't feeling well and could help block the wind for her or pace her. "You've done all the hard work and just enjoy the moment.' She's one that lets her running do the talking". She was a nine-time Big Sky champion during her career at Weber State from 2009-13. Her Olympic debut at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio was marked by her seventh-place finish, the Detroit Free Press reported. "I'm going to wake up and this will be a dream".
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"I was completely shocked, I am still shocked", she said. She's smarter than I am in those things.
For elite runners and weekend warriors alike, the race distance can be a awful barometer.
Like the weather in Boston, it was not the usual for Linden on Monday. It was the first time two Americans have finished first and second in Boston since 1979. Because she never looked back, she never saw the carnage unfold as Daska and Chesir dropped out of the race.
Many of those who watched the Boston Marathon - even the ones who follow the sport of running - had the same question Monday: Who in the world is Sarah Sellers?
So when fellow American Shalane Flanagan, the 2017 New York City Marathon victor and a favorite to win in Boston, had to pull off to use the porta-potty mid-race, Linden slowed her pace to help Flanagan return to the pack when she was finished.
"The last couple steps it was like 'Oh this is for real.'" Linden says. "It was nice to get it right down Boylston this time, that's for sure".