Back on things to think about when running, when I first started doing 10Ks my running buddy and I would play a game of coming up with the best random fact at each Km marker... whiled away the time, and normally had us giggling - not sure I've got 42 random facts though, let alone 26!
I've played this game too! We also did the "what we're going to eat after this" game. The eye spy game, simon says, the best chat up lines we've ever heard.
In Milton Keynes last year - we played the chat up line game and every km we had to go up to a fellow runner and say the line. Suffice to say - i started a marathon "train" for the 5.30 club and there were 6 guys and 2 girls. So.... did it hurt when you fell from heaven?
It's certainly do-able. Although I must admit the hardest part for me to adjust to was the thought of running another marathon so soon after finishing one. That certainly screwed up my head for the two weeks between the events.
That's not good. Though, that being said, last year I had that after I finished for the first time, for a month I didn't even want to run for the bus. This year, two days later, I recovered so much better, I was back out later in the week. Still not as high in energy levels, but happily plodding along. I'll do a long hard one this weekend and see where that gets me, what mindset I'm in.
Its 95% mental I think. If I look back on how I was I used to make such a big deal out of it but if you take each race as it is, prepare and recover well - anything is possible mentally.