Well, I certainly know how to to pick them. Yesterday I survived my 5th consecutive L.A. Marathon, and 10th overall, and it was another super-hot affair along the 26.2 mile Stadium to Sea course, with record temperatures which made for a sweltering and muggy race.
All the volunteers, handmade signs, cheers, bowls of bananas, sliced oranges, water, pretzels, salt packets and beer was a real tonic to the conditions and certainly kept my spirits alive.
I felt very drained early on in this race, my strength sapped by the heat, far earlier than any other marathon I've run and I think I walked more from Mile 20 than ever before. But I did keep some reserves for the final sprint down Ocean Avenue, as I remember last year having to walk the majority of that last stretch.
During the race I was taking whole cups of water and drenching my cap to keep my head and neck cool, plus the bags of ice along the course were a lifesaver too.
Now it's time to recover and get ready for my first ever London Marathon at the end of April, where I'm hoping the weather gods will be kind for once.
By the way, the stairs and sunshine are not my friends today...