While I am not a marathon runner, some of my friends do challenge themselves in that way.
One thing they have shared with me is the need to pace yourself during a race in order to make it to the finish line. I became acutely aware of this advice last week while I was taking the SNAP challenge.
Every day I was faced with the decision, eat more today to alleviate that hungry feeling or save the food for tomorrow so you will have enough to not feel even hungrier.
Once or twice I surrendered to the former and regretted it later. I could make that decision because I was responsible for myself. What if my child came to me and asked for more food? What would be the responsible parental response?
These are the things I continue to think about and learn from even though my challenging week is over.