Now that I'm getting some feeling back in my legs after Sunday's tough 30th L.A. Marathon, I thought it was the perfect time to share my official race day photos that tell the super hot story from Stadium to Sea.
I truly earned this finisher medal this year
Ready to run 26.2 miles at Dodger Stadium at early o'clocklast year's Hellfire marathon which was a similar scorcher.
Running past the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown L.A.
Later in the race as I got closer to the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica I could even feel a welcome breeze, although after the previous few days of hot weather you could really feel the asphalt itself radiating heat.
Running past Hollywood's famous Chinese Theatre
Turning off Hollywood Boulevard
Turning off West Hollywood's Sunset Strip
down the steep San Vicente Boulevard
Taking a walk break down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills
Running down Rodeo Drive at Mile 17
Walking through the VA at Mile 21
Racing to the Finish Line along Ocean Avenue
Last dash to the Finish LineNew York Marathon 2014 time by two minutes. There's no real comparison with the courses, but psychologically it helped to not have run my slowest marathon to date.
I made it to the Finish Line
My slowest L.A. Marathon - 4:20:09
That's my 10th marathon in the bag, now to recover and get ready for my first ever London Marathon this April. I'm hoping for a hometown advantage, some friendly support along the course and favourable weather (which in Britain is even more unpredictable than L.A., guaranteed).
I'll keep running as long as my body allows, as I know for a fact there's other people who are not able to run a mile for whatever reason, let alone a marathon...