I remember my first day of my very first Learn to Run Training and how scary it was. I remember how nothing in the world could be harder then running for a full 3mins and then repeating it 5 times. Then thinking "How the hell am I going to do a 4 whole mins next week???" The first 3km seemed like it was so far away, and the the first 5km I did seemed like it was never going to end, but it did. My first 8km was a race, and half way through I though "Oh crap what was I thinking when I signed up", I pushed through it, with the help of some friends, and I pushed myself so hard, I puked when I crossed the finish line. It was a crowning moment, and I was so proud have finished, puking at the end means I pushed myself as gross as it was. Then I remember taking years off and having to start from scratch again, knowing that I could do it but it was still hard. Then came the first 6km without doing 10's and 1's, wow that was hard!!! I remember the day 3km turned into an easy run, and then the day when I didn't warm up till 3km into the run. Then 7km went from a long run, to an easy weeknight run, now 10k is the same. Watching all the people I instructed learing to run, going through the same thing I went through when I started running, and realizing I'm not the only one that doubts what they are capable of. I know that 90% of a marathon is mental, and it's got to be the same in an ultra-marathon, you just have longer to think about it. I'm sure I will wonder at time if I can finish as I charter new distances, or struggle to push myself to go faster, but now I know I CAN . So for all the times some little voice inside said "I Can't" that little voice CAN shove it, because so many times I HAVE!!!
I know I'm not the only one that wonders if they can finish, but looking at how far we have come sure helps get through it.