1stly I'm aiming to get to the start line! (which will be quite good going given the last 2 times I tried marathons) Assuming I get that far if I finish in under 5 hours I'll be laughing all the way to a cold bath. Speedy Gonzales I'm not.
I have no shame - I'll be walking up the hill at mile 24 (Probbaly will walk faster than running at that stage anyway) Walking breaks are part of my strategy ... 16 miles due on Sunday - that's seriously unknown territory!
Respect at having gone from 5 miles to 17 miles in 7 weeks, but even if you are naturally gifted that still sounds a bit quick (not to say demoralising for us tortoises at the back) Slow up a bit and enjoy!