Chrissy- my first marathon was one that I was not even planning to do. I promised a friend to pace him through the first 10 miles of one of his first marathons. I was not in good training at all. Nevertheless, I kept my promise. After ten miles, I was feeling good, so I asked my friend if he minded if I ran a little bit farther, but at a harder pace. I managed to wind up 5th in 2:36!
If you have been training for a year and a half, you will be ready by next April. Don't place great expectations on yourself, have fun - set an easy early pace and go from there (with or wi8th out walk breaks). It might help if the marathon that you are running in has pace groups - no sense in blazing the trail all by yourself.
As Hopkinton implied, your first marathon is for learning. Then apply what you learned to your second marathon. By the way - my second marathon was a 2:21 win at the San Francisco Marathon in 1978.
Don't worry, you're going to do fine - HAVE FUN!
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