Oh my goodness. It’s getting close. And the thing about tapering is that I can’t even run off my nervous energy. Hip circles and stretching may be important, but they leave a lot of time for anxious contemplation.

Can I do this? Yes.
Will I do this? If I don’t let my nerves get the best of me.
Will it hurt? Fuck yes.

Sorry about the swearing there folks, but there is going to be a lot of swearing come November 2. I’m going to hit mile 16, mile 18, mile 22 and question whether the pain is worth it. Whether I should slow down or stop like I have in every other marathon.

So I need your help. I’ve already enlisted a couple of you to record me a voice message that I’ll put on my phone and listen to when I feel like quitting. And I can do with as much encouragement as I possibly can.

What would you say to me late in the marathon to ensure I keep on going?

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