I am just the guy you are looking for. If you can't relax after hearing this short story (it was actually a long one but I will save you the drama) than you have bigger problems than pre-marathon jitters, lol.
I had a friend die recently, and the LA Marathon was pumping commercials out here in LA. My 13 year old daughter is a track star, middle distance specialist. She challenged me to run the Marathon for Bobby, she said she would do it with me (13!!!).
I am 39, a smoker, and hadn't ever run in my life. The good news is I am 5'8" 142 pounds, and in top shape.
We completed the marathon, even though if you can believe the temp out here on March 7th crossed 90 degrees. We ran the first 18 and walked in because ambulances were everywhere and people were dropping like flies, the time is obviously a mute point (6.07) because of the walking, we had planned a 5.30.
My daughter tripped on a sidewalk (unreal since your other poster stated the same) at mile 14 in a residential neighborhood, hit the ground HARD but she is nails, got up and shook herself off, declined kindness from strangers and we plowed on. She YELLED at me the last 8 walking miles (um, thats 2 hours of a hormonal freak yelling at ol Dad, haha) but we did it.
I have NEVER felt so rewarded in my life. I have a LA Marathon Gold medal baby, I DID IT !!. Next year will train different and I know as a fact I can bust 4.30, watch and see. My daughter told me the good news is she will re-run it with a faster buddy of mine, that the bad news is she is leaving Dad behind.
No worry, be happy. Just go do it baby.
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