Get yourself ready for that golden moment when opportunity arrives– Olympic distance coach Joe Vigil
I went out and ran a 20 minute best in the marathon by forgetting what the mainstream like to think. You have run this time so running a time like this is simply out of your capability. A 2.40.02 marathoner did not belong running with 2.12-14 marathoners
I went for it at the 2007 California International Marathon. I hit the half in 1.07.09, only 3 seconds off my personal best of 1.07.06 for the half-distance. I felt the energy of the pack and was in control and finished in 2.19.35
Was I concerned? Sure. It was an incredible experience and I had two enormous failures at the distance before that performance. One race is not the end of the world. You can have the absolute worst race of your life and the next one completely change your perspective of what you are really capable of doing.
You just have to keep doing!
You are no different. You have to take risks. You may blow up but how the heck are you ever going to know what you can do unless you go for it. There may be some of you visiting who have never run a marathon but always wanted to try. Who is stopping you?
It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most time- and energy-consuming… The fishing is best where the fewest go, and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone else is aiming for base hits. There is just less competition for bigger goals –Tim Feriss
Don't let up. You don't need to permission. You are capable of achieving great things.