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Here's one from my trip to the New York Marathon last November. This one was taken in the evening before the marathon, from the 30th floor, the roof of my hotel. It shows Broadway as it intersects with what I think is the Amsterdam Avenue around 70th street. I remember the nerves I had that evening as I was thinking of the event I was going to take part in the next day. Millions of spectators was going to cheer me through all the five boroughs of New York. I don't know how many high fives I did, but that was a lot. A fantastic once in a lifetime experience! Brooklyn itself was worth the entry!

Through Brooklyn I almost forgot that I was running. I was just looking for Norwegian flags in the crowd, listening to people cheering for me and doing high fives. About halfway I realized I was running a race and I started to feel the pace. But with Manhattan in sight, I got new energy. Then on the 7 km straight stretch at First Avenue I was just thinking "Ok, I will at least manage to reach Bronx without walking". Then in Bronx: "Right, I can make it back to Manhattan". Then back in Manhattan the miles were getting longer and longer. I knew I was going to make it in around 4 hours and that everyone under 4 hours would get their names in the New York Times, so I pulled myself together for the last 4 km and managed to make it in 3:56.07. I got my name in the newspaper and most importantly I beat my brother with half an hour. What I remember the most though, is the crowd in Brooklyn and the expectations at the start line while listening to Frank Sinatra's classic New York, New York.

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