for runners. He finished today's NYC Marathon in 2:59:35. An admirable effort, though he had hoped for a faster time. But he was humbled by both the physical and mental rigors of running 26.2 miles. This, from today's New York Times (bold italics mine):
Earlier, Armstrong had said that he could possibly have run a sub-2:30 if he had trained, but now he was quite sure that another marathon was out of the question. Nothing in cycling ever came close to three hours of activity at this level, he said.
“I wasn’t kidding when I said that I’ve never felt this bad, ever,” he said. “My legs are killing me. My back doesn’t feel that great ... I’m really suffering.”
Olympian runners such as Joan Benoit Samuelson and Alberto Salazar paced him. Don't you wish you had that kind of help?!
Congrats: Go to my friend, P., who paced me in last week's MCM, and who finished NYC in 3:52:34. A PR!