Re: Re: Marathoning

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– At 23 you are on your own.  Your probably shot, but if you ran right your still plowing by people.  This is a very positive experience.  One has not reached this level of fatigue in training.  This is why it is a race.  You could be experiencing a number of obstacles.  Blisters, dehydration, cramping, side ache, wind, heat, another runner, time, etc.  The list goes on and on.  I've said this before and I don't know if I can quite explain it, but you have to crawl inside your brain and manage all the working parts from there.  There isn't any pain in your brain, it is all the other parts which suffer.  Your will to manage this is what makes you a successful marathoner.   

this is great… my mantra for the last bit seems to have become “hang tough because tomorrow you'll wonder why you didn't finish 'just a little faster' “… I also like the t-shirt that says “running won't kill you, you'll pass out first”…