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The Fight to Finish

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#1 I knew it would be like this.
#2 I just didn't know it would be like this.

The Fight to Finish

I knew that it was going to be a long four months. IV had already been gone for eight, and I knew the last four were going to be the hardest of them all.

I ran a marathon last November, and I was already comparing these four months to the last 10 kilometers of that race.  It's all a mind game at that point. 

For me (and for many like me) when you hit 20 miles your body starts rebelling.  It screams, "You can't do it!  It's too hard!  It's not worth it!  You can't win this fight!"  Of course, this is (mostly) false. Since this was my second marathon I was prepared for this...I had my arsenal of mind games to get me to the finish line.  "Stronger, faster, better" is one thing I said to myself, and then I said it again, and then I said it again, and again, and again, and again, until I had the finish line in view. 

I was preparing for this last …