Forgetting That This is Supposed to Be Fun
This is sort of related to the last item: you have to remember that, while there are many reasons to run a marathon — your health, to fuel a competitive spirit — the primary one is because you enjoy it. To have fun. "I always hear people be like, Ugh, I've got six more long runs left before the marathon," says Honerkamp. "It sounds really cheesy, but you really have to enjoy the journey. The most growth you experience as an athlete, the most you learn about yourself is during the 18 weeks of training, not on race day."