Be positive young man. You are really well prepared. Go for it!
hey Paul, below you will find an edited version of your thoughts. You might find that focusing on the positives will help!!! Stick to your plan and all will go well.
"I ran the 1:22 half in Kingston.
I’ve been very lucky with illness/injury overall during the build-up and barely missed a planned session – maybe just 4 or 5 days out in total with a minor injury at Christmas and the illness recently.
Following the Pfitzinger plan has gone really well
As a result, my total training mileage in the build-up to this marathon has been 20% greater than last time. That really ought to be a huge advantage.
This time the tempos have all been great, and I’ve set a half marathon PB.
I know the Manchester marathon course now, which should really help, I feel if I can get through that section still on track I’ll be in a good place.
I’m amazed how I’ve managed to progress back to this level of fitness
In general I don’t think I could have prepared any better than I have done, I’ve really given it my best shot throughout the whole training block and focused as much as I can on maximising my performance on race-day."
Thanks Paul, I like that summary better - like you (or I) say, there are loads of positive things to take into this race and I'm starting to believe again - positive thoughts only now!