Reigning champ Des Linden shared some fitting lyrics ahead of the 2019 Boston Marathon

"There's something good waitin' down this road..."

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Elite runners at the starting line of the 2019 Boston Marathon. –David Ryan / The Boston Globe

Roughly two hours before elite women’s start time at the 2019 Boston Marathon, defending champion Des Linden shared some fitting lines from Tom Petty’s 1989 track, “Runnin’ Down a Dream.”

“I rolled on, the sky grew dark,” Linden tweeted Monday morning. “I put my pedal down to make some time / And there’s something good waitin’ down this road / And I’m picking up whatever is mine.”

Linden told Boston.com she doesn’t like to listen to music while running — she prefers to disconnect — but the 35-year-old always wears headphones on the bus to Hopkinton. She said she has an eclectic taste in music, though classic rock is a frequent pick.

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Sarah Sellers, who finished second in 2018, also shared a motivational message the morning of the race. The 27-year-old full-time nurse opted for an inspirational quote from the late Gordon B. Hinckley, who served as the 15th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Believe in yourself,” Sellers tweeted. “Believe in your capacity to do great and good things. Believe that no mountain is so high that you cannot climb it. Believe that no storm is so great that you cannot weather it… You are a child of God, of infinite capacity.”

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