AND SO...... the result – well not earth-shattering, but 5:11:16 will have to do. What would I do differently? Well, firstly, at about 8 miles, I decided to make a quick loo stop, and picked a short queue – of three people – except that they all spent at least 3 or 4 minutes in there! I was so frustrated, but decided to wait. However, without that, I would have gone under 5 hours! Secondly, I should have done much less walking and standing around on Friday and Saturday, but that’s hard to do when you’ve only got 6 days in New York and finally, I didn’t really carb load as well as I would have done at home. But in the end, my time also reflects the speed I have to run at nowadays and while I look back with wistfulness at the paces I once trained at. I mustn’t let this bother me as I’m really lucky to be able to run at all.
All in all, the NYC Marathon is the best ever. The city turns out to greet you and shops have signs in wishing all the runners good luck. The pilot on the plane over wished us luck as did the guy who was telling us about NY on out boat trip. On marathon night, we went to a restaurant and were given a bottle of prosecco on the house, because I’d run the marathon.
On the day after, Marathon Monday, I went back to near the finish line to get my medal engraved and buy (yes I know, I’d already spent a lot!) some official finisher gear. Loads of people around the city were wearing their medals for the next couple of days. Mine is in my bag now, so that I can produce it at a moment’s notice and bend the ears of anyone who’s polite enough to listen to my story.
Thank you to all of you who have supported me with great comments. I still can’t quite believe that it’s done. I'm not really sure what do do next to be honest. Carry on running, obviously - I think I'll do my challenge of 3 miles every day in December - but beyond that, who knows. In many ways, the marathon distance suits me and the pace I run at, but I'm not keen on all the long training runs. Beforehand, I'd said that this marathon would be my last, and I might stick to that. However, I also have to say, that if the opportunity presented itself to run NY again, I would, in a heartbeat.
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