I think I have a couple of medals from sailing competitions when I was a kid, and possibly a couple from other sports I've played over the years. I'm proud of those small achievements. None though is as cherished as my 2010 NYC Marathon Finishers Medal. And though 4:39 is nothing to gloat about, just being able to finish is my most prized achievement.
I thought that after the marathon I'd be totally incapacitated for a couple of weeks, with sore muscles and badly worn joints. Turns out that my long days of training paid off and it only took about 2 days to recover. Just over a week later, I'm ready to get back out and start running again and doing all sorts of fun sports and training.
Once again I have to thank my wife, family and friends for being so supportive. I'm even more proud of my wife for finishing the marathon and battling through terrible leg cramps that hit her at the half-way mark. To run through that for 13 more miles is a true accomplishment, showing true grit, strength, will and dedication.
What's the next marathon to do? Is it off to Boston, London or elsewhere? Or perhaps it's New York again? To be continued...