I finished week 4 of my 26 week training schedule with a total of 22 miles this week including the 9.5 mile long run. I did have some dark moments in the middle of my long run when I was doubting myself and my ability to be able to really do this. I kept thinking to myself “how can I hope to complete a marathon if running 9 miles is this hard”. But after the fact, and with some perspective I realize that was just fatigue talking. The fact is 4 weeks ago a 5 mile run was out of my reach and now I run that twice a week without even thinking about it. This brings the total to 73 miles run since I started training 4 weeks ago. By my estimate I will run 630 miles before the marathon in April, so I have barely just begin!