Honestly, I just want to get this next marathon done. I want to do well. And by well, I mean PR (PR means to get a personal record, or beat my previous best time). The competitive side of me really, REALLY wants to get a 4:03:00. The realist in me knows that I haven't trained to get that kind of time.
The mental game for me is this: pull back, stay healthy and get to the finish line. That is a big challenge. I like to go hard, push harder and knock all my paces out of the ballpark.
I am sitting here reviewing the course and wondering if I can do it. I've done it before. I ran 20 miles just 2 weeks ago. But that is never the same. I won't really believe I can do it until about mile 21.
With the crazy training of this particular marathon, one of my favorite quotes has taken on new meaning:
90% of running is mental.
The other 10% is in your head.