After finishing the marathon, I met up with Paul on 75th and Columbus. Here is my bling:
We had over 20 blocks to walk back to our hotel, but I wanted to walk instead of taking a cab because I've found it really helps to prevent soreness. After a marathon, you'll be sore regardless, but I'm the least sore if I walk a lot afterwards.
I was starving, having just run 26.2 and not having had lunch, so we stopped off at a McDonald's. I ordered a #2. I saw it flash across the register as a two cheeseburger meal. I was like huh? Then I looked at the board. My beloved quarterpounder w/ cheese meal is a #3 in NYC. Strange, I thought #2 was universal! ;-)
When we got back to the hotel I grabbed a shower and only got to sit for a bit before it was time to head out again. Even though it had only been a couple of hours, I was starving again! We went to a Cafe Europa, where they had the most gorgeous cupcakes:
I was craving veggies, though, so I opted for an avocado tomato sandwich and some pineapple juice instead. Pineapple juice actually helps alleviate inflammation. And it tasted soooo good.
Then finally it was time for the Blues Traveler concert. It was at the Hammerstein Ballroom, about an 11 block walk from our hotel. It was a private concert and party, just for marathoners. They showed a neat video of the race before the concert. There were maybe 500 people who came out.
See, I clean up after a race ;-)
Paul is a huge fan of Blues Traveler, so he was thrilled to get to see them live.
I was pretty tired and wanted to get off my feet, so I sat down on the floor propped up by a wall (they didn't have seats). Although I couldn't see much from where I was, I enjoyed just listening. Meanwhile, Paul went right up front and got this close up:
I finished off the day with yet more food (oink, oink), a slice of NY cheesecake:
What an absolutely perfect day.