It all starts with belief. You have to believe. I believe. In my training plan. I have run farther. I have run faster. I believe. In my race approach. I can be patient. I can be calculated. I believe. In myself. I have run this race. I have raced this strategy. I believe.
In the course of running a marathon, you have to believe. You have to believe, and you can't stop believing. Because there will be heart swells and heart aches, exhilaration and pain. But you can't stop. It goes on and on and on and on.
During the second half of my last 20-miler, the familiar thumping piano chords of an appropriate theme song floated into my mind's ear ...
Don't stop believin'
Hold on to the feelin'