Yeah, I am one of those mediocre runners "mediocre: of medium quality, neither good or bad" (Oxford American Dictonary). So, by my finishing times and places, I am a mediocre marathon runner.
So, what I strive for is to run a good race. It might not always be reflected by the clock; some courses are much tougher than others, and IMHO, my 3:40 at Lake Geneva was a better run than my 3:38 in Indy.
It really is a personal battle, though I do take on other runners that run my pace, regardless of whether they are male, female, older, younger, etc.
However, I don't consider a "finish" to be a win. To me, victory is not possible unless defeat is also possible.
I know that I can finish; finishing is not a big deal for me. The deal for me is whether I'll back down late in the race when the going is getting tough.
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