Here I am at Mile 8 of the New York City Marathon at the corner of Flatbush and LaFayette Avenues in Brooklyn on my 50th birthday. I hit my wall at Mile 23 at 105th and 5th Avenue and had to walk for a little bit. But I still managed to finish in a respectable 4:53.59, in 32,899th place overall, 22, 991 in men, and 2,531 in my new age bracket (50-54). Happy birthday to me! Thanks to my family and friends for all their love and support during my arduous five months of training. Photograph © Susanne B. Dietzel

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