If one has never qualified for the Boston Marathon, there will always be doubts before you finally do it. I know I had serious doubts. When I finally qualified for the Boston Marathon for the first time in 2001, I needed 3:25. I trusted my training, but knew intuitively in the end I would have to be tough in the final mile to make it. I ended up needing a 7:30 final mile to make it. I ran 3:24:54 that Memorial Day in the Buffalo Marathon. From that day on I had more confidence in myself and my ability to hit the challenging standard. Having a sound plan and trusting the training is the key. Hard and smart work pays off.