I had no idea about what kind of time I should aim for in New York. I’d talked a little with my orienteering friends and asked them what they thought I could run a marathon in. After some guesswork, I decided that I’d give 2:40 a go. When I started the race, I didn’t have a big master plan, I just thought I’d run at a pace that felt pleasant. The kilometres rolled along really nicely and when I got close to the 30km mark, I was waiting to ‘hit the wall.’ Everybody had talked about the last ten kilometres being really tough, but I discovered that I could just continue running at the same speed as earlier and I started passing loads of other runners. I made it to Central Park and the finish in 2:36. Running that first marathon in New York was absolutely fantastic — so much so, that I ran two more times there.