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!
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)