You’ve bitten the bullet and started training for your first marathon, half-marathon, or other epic run, and so far things are going well. You bought the perfect shoes, you may have a running coach, and you’re getting out to log more and more miles each day.

Still, as that once far-off race day starts to become real, more worries might crop up in your mind: "Can I really run that far? Will I reach the finish line injury-free? And what if I have to pee during the race?"

You’re not alone. Most runners have at least one if not all of the following concerns—from the totally legit to the irrational to the just plain paranoid—at some point leading up to a big race. But there's a way to overcome them and hit the starting line assured that you’ll make through all 26.2 miles.

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