The two-time U.S. Open finalist talks about finishing 26.2 miles and how her hobby has helped her tennis game
Running the New York City Marathon had always been on my bucket list. I come from a family where sports are a huge part of our daily lives, and we really value the importance of being active.
Crossing the finish line was an incredible feeling. I had so many different emotions running through me. Looking back now, I think that was one of my greatest achievements. I was so happy that Serena [Williams] was able to make it. There is nothing better than having your best friend there to support you. Seeing her right after I crossed the line was a great feeling, especially since at that point I felt like I was going to fall over!
Running has given me another option to unwind during my off-weeks. A good playlist is essential. Who doesn't love listening to Rihanna, Taylor Swift, or some Calvin Harris?
And after a good run? Ask anyone who knows me, and they will tell you I have a sweet tooth. I love chocolate. I will often treat myself to some Godiva truffles.
Running has helped my endurance and strengthened my mind and physical game. I now find myself a lot more relaxed and focused on the court. I definitely want to run another marathon and possibly a few triathlons. It is so important to keep setting goals throughout your life and keep challenging yourself to get better. Dream big!
Photos: John Angelillo/UPI/LANDOV (marathon), Al Tielemans (action)