Wow, has it really been only a week since I ran my second New York Marathon? It feels like a lifetime ago.
I ran the 2015 New York Marathon in 4:40:32
Too hot for a hat later in the racefreezing 2014 New York Marathon), and all my injuries which really made me doubt my ability to complete the race.
Feeling queasy from all the Gatorade, gels and salt pills
It's not like I'd not done any hill training this year, especially after my experience in 2014, but I think the low energy and lack of sleep really kicked in from that point.
Just when you think you'll never see a bridge again, along comes the Wallis Avenue Bridge into The Bronx. At that stage I got a little creative and a little crazy, and danced my way up the incline to Taylor Swift's 'Shake it off' track.
One last dash to the Finish Line
The one thing I am grateful for, is saving some energy for one last push in the last mile and a vindicating sprint to the Finish Line. Never has passing people in the final stretch to cheering spectators felt so amazing.
I'm not sure what my running future holds. The L.A. Marathon in February 2016 seems like a stretch at the moment, but I'm off to see a doctor about my leg this week, so maybe I'll be able to make a more informed decision after that.
I've had a good run (pardon the pun) and raced 26.2 miles (42.2 KM) through the streets of L.A., New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Honolulu and London, so I'm hoping that I've not run my last marathon, but only time and my legs will tell...