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Hi everybody!

I was an occasional lurker for a while before making a pledge

that I ended up backing out on. It took me a while to get back into things, but now, two years later, I'm making good on that pledge -- I'm registered to run Seattle in two weeks.

So my question is this:

As a first-time marathon runner, how should I feel about the upcoming race right now?

Training has gone reasonably well -- my training mostly involved one long run a week, with two or three short runs of 4-8 miles interspersed with cross-training (mostly elliptical machine) on the off-running days. I got pretty comfortable with the longer runs.

Yesterday, for my final long run, I decided to run the entire length back and forth of the linear park/trail I've been using to train on. That made for about a 22 mile run. Conditions were different from what I've run in previously -- temperature was about 25 F when I started, so I had two layers of long sleeves and tights instead of t-shirt and shorts. Even so, I was pretty cold -- it was brisk and windy the whole time.

It was a strange run. Throughout training, I've been doing pretty consistent 10 minute miles. Yesterday, I lost 20 minutes somewhere. I did finish, but while the week before I felt comfortable after a 20-miler that I could do another 6 miles, yesterday I didn't feel nearly as comfortable that I could run another 4.

Part of me just wants to write it off as an anomaly. But my confidence is a little bit shaken.

So I don't know if this is just pre-race jitters, my first glance at how difficult those last few miles are going to be, or just a bad day. Any thoughts from all of you who've been in my shoes before? Thanks for your support!

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