NoDoubt.com — What a day at the New York Marathon! I had a head cold for 6 days but that was the least of my problems. For the first 8 miles, I was kicking butt, even though it was 40 degrees. Around mile 9, my right knee, which is not my problem knee, started to breakdown and become painful in a sharp way. I had to pull over and stretch it out many times. I almost pulled out of the race, but after observing a blind runner, a runner with prosthetics on each leg, and other physically challenged people including participants in wheelchairs, I thought that I could at least try to finish. At mile 19, the knee that I have received much treatment on became compromised and painful. What was a 3:40 finish pace became a shuffle with my feet and I could no longer take a full stride. I am disappointed that my finish time was 4:05 but I’m so pleased that I found a place deep inside to finish. For all that enter and finish Marathons, I hold much respect. Thank you all for your support and encouragement in the days leading up to and on the day of the race.