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Experienced marathoners know, and beginning runners learn, that mental toughness and confidence are as important to a marathon training plan as logging the miles.
Doing your long run even though it's raining, or staying in to finish the race even though you aren't going to make your goal time, are examples of mental toughness that will give you the confidence in your ability to see something through. This confidence and mental toughness will help you achieve marathon goals, and goals in other areas of your life.
So when a run or a race doesn't go your way, feel good about the fact that you finished. And remember the old(?) saying, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."