Just so not fair!!
Hey, hey, hey. Don't beat yourself up. Think about it. You got a cold now which is better thena week before the marathon. But if you followed your training, done the long runs thenyour fitness will be at a good level. Get yourself better. Rest, take the medication, Takevitamin C and zinc. Drink plenty of fluids. I think a cold will not destroy your hopes.Once you recover, resume training. If you run the half, maybe just run it for experience andsee how it goes.
Get yourself better and don't feel sorry.
Pull yourself together and stop this self pity.
No reason why you can't go out and run a sub 3:30 marathon if you've done the training. 4hrs is a massive difference and probably not credible. OK - so don't put the pressure on yourself, but you'll still run closer to 3:30 than 4.
You can still do long runs with the runs, I should know, just carry some wetones with you. But if you have a chest infection still then stay home till your over it.
I can understand your doubts as I feel them for myself and was worse on my first marathon. I had 5 weeks off running and only did 2 long runs prior to the marathon. Just take it one day at a time. Don't do anything silly. You will enjoy yourself. The buzz you get when you finish is great.
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