When one isn't totally prepared for a race, a marathon in particular, then one could be setting oneself up for failure which is different to being totally prepared and thus setting oneself up for a challenge. The 2 are very different.
The lack of appropriate training could mean not finishing the race, an injury or not being in a position to win.
I hope you are right and that Mo will be the winner, but there is a but, it does take experience to win a marathon and as yet he doesn't have that. I am sure that he will go on to win a marathon but maybe not his first. But he has guts as you pointed out so who knows. But guts can't always see you through 26 miles.
I am a HUGE fan of Mo. I was in the stadium when he won his Olympic 5000. No one could have been screaming louder than I was. I had near hysterics!!
Fog here this morning, but I think the sun will appear soonish.
2c+ gosh that's warm for you. I guess the raise in temp is the indication that the snow is on its way. You did well to hold your HR solid, that is what counts just as much as the pace. I am not looking for any singing comps! I just want to learn how to do it properly. So much to think about. Shape of mouth, where one's tongue is etcetera
You did well to race your 20 miles. I guess it would have been a bit warm! Not sure that anybody else would have noticed your post which you slipped in just before Chris's interesting post following yours.
I put my hand up, I was the one guilty of guessing your profession! You have been running for a long time. I didn't start until I was 61 yrs. I wish you well with your goals especially the one where you want to stay uninjured. It sounds as if you have found somebody who understands your body and that will be a great help. Especially if you visit him regularly.