I was looking for Swissalpine marathon report on their facebook page and I came across a report in German by Sven Bladt. Surprisingly I spotted myself in one of his photos.
And the caption was "Excited, Nervous?"
This is taken in the first few minutes of the race. I remember being really excited at that point, but looking at this photo it seems that I was also concerned about something. This is pretty much what happens during a marathon (Well, at least it did happen during my first marathon). Distance running is a physical activity that is often driven by mind. You need to be focused to be able to carry on.
Jacqueline Gareau once said "The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy...It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed."