Running a marathon is hard.

That’s why I want to do it.

My recent 5K times and half marathon time suggest I can run a faster marathon than I have.

Maybe I’m better at shorter races.

Maybe my body is built for shorter distances.

Maybe my legs have to get stronger.

Maybe I’m trying to find a way to explain it.

Maybe I’m trying justify my shortcomings.

Maybe I’m making excuses.

Maybe I’m being soft.

Maybe I’m being mentally weak.

I’ve underperformed and underachieved in the marathon.

I’ve yet to run to my potential.

The marathon is hard.

That’s why I’m doing it.

I’m going to prove to myself that I can.

I’m going to prove that I am hard and can do something hard.

I’m going to prove I’m mentally and physically tough.

And I’m not going to stop until I do it.