But yeah... I was incredibly nervous when setting out on the run since it was THE run that marked the end of my training last year. I even told myself that I wasn't allowed to sign up for another marathon until I was able to complete an 18 miler successfully. Well, I didn't stick to that, but even if I had, I would now officially be able to sign up for another marathon!
It does seem I have a wall though, at mile 16. This happened last year too. My group leader saw me kind of shut down mentally at mile 16 yesterday and told me to cover my watch with my sleeve so I wouldn't be able to see it anymore. That really helped. Something about KNOWING I'm past 16 miles screws with my head apparently. But physically, things were fine :). I'm pretty happy.
So, in summary, I'm really happy :) This whole marathon thing might work out after all. T minus 12 weeks at this point... I have a 20 miler, 22 miler, and another 18 miler and then a 2 week taper between me and this race :D.
Me in my ice bath afterward!!