Any runner will tell you how frustrating it is not being able to run when you're recovering from an injury, but on a marathon day it's even more annoying. For the second year in a row I had to cheer from the sidelines rather than join my friends and charity teammates on L.A.'s Stadium to Sea course because I'm still recovering from a bad back.
My last two L.A. Marathons in 2014 and 2015 were real scorchers, so it was nice to see the day started with some cooling mist, but the sun soon burned through and you could see even at this stage in the race it was having an effect on some of the runners.
We came prepared for our friends and had bags of ice to hand out to keep them cool and water to top up their running bottles, as others have done in the past for us when we've participated.
In hindsight I realise now I should have stopped running when I first experienced the nerve pain symptoms in my leg, and not continued to run another three marathons or so.
I've been working for months on trying to strengthen my core to compensate for two bulging discs in my back, it's been slow and painful work, often two steps forward and one step back. I've even started to try and run a mile at a time again, then walk another four or five miles of my old training route.
I ran the 26.2 mile course from 2011 to 2015, plus also ran Honolulu, San Francisco, New York (twice), Vancouver (twice) and the London Marathon, so here's hoping I'll one day be able to lace up my shoes again and run another L.A. Marathon...