Congratulations on running your first marathon! I admire your tenacity. Thank you for taking the time to detail your thoughts during the run, and what you did to plow through. One day, I plan to run one myself. I have done 3 halfs…and go verrry slow. But I love the clarity that running provides so I’m not in it to win it, just to feel and look good. :)
Anyway, continue being courageous and brave. None of us are perfect, but you are exemplifying that life is about the journey…and the learning along the way…and accepting yourself for all the good and the bad that you are. Thanks for putting yourself out there for all of us to learn from, and see how we too might challenge ourselves to grow.