I'm due to do a marathon on Sunday 10 April. I trained hard from January, did the necessary long runs but got injured just over 3 weeks ago doing a 20 mile run. I have a pain in my hip flexor which makes me run and until recently walk with a limp. I've had several sports massages, crossed trained and swimmed. I felt it was getting better but tried to run on it tonight and was still limping. I'm totally devastated and feel that unless there is a miracle between now an Sunday I won't be running.
I feel like it's a shame to waste all the training. I'm tempted to find another marathon in a few months time. Will all the training I've done count and will i still need to do long runs? Another part of me thinks perhaps I should just forget about doing a marathon until I'm properly healed and try again next year.
At the moment I'm upset and don't know what to do. Anyone been in a similar situation and can offer any advice or words of inspiration?
Loads of us have been in the same situation and to be honest you have one of the best attitudes to it..you know your injured and don't feel you could run on sunday, so as you say your options are to pull out....rest up and look to run another marathon later in the year...only you will know how long it will take you to get better....you may need to go back and run some 16,18 or 20 milers but should not be an issue.
Best of luck
Firstly admiration for training to do a marathon i have yet to do one because im chicken plain and simple!
Like FF said you trained got injured so rest get some physio help and built up your legs again.
You dont say what other distances you do. I personally would never make a marathon my first proper race.
5k lots of, lots of 10k and a few 1/2 marathons get use to mixing up speed stamina and endurance...when I have got injured its always been when I got the training mix wrong.
Sorry to hear you are missing your race after all the training. You mention sports massge, but it might be worth seeing a sports physio to find out what has caused the problem. As well as treatment they should be able to advise on exercises to get you better and prevent it happening again.
Good idea to aim for a race later on to take advantage of the training you have already done - that's all in the bank, you will just need to do a few long runs nearer the next race to prepare.
Careful.............You know if you start getting careless with your punctuation Kwilter, you will be putting !!!!! and:::::: or ***** everywhere
I have a ballot place in the London Marathon but I have to defer to next year due to injury. Doing a marathon injured is not fun, I did one injured as it was a Golden Bond place and I felt I couldn't back down. This year at least I can defer it, heal properly and train for the next one.
I am considering doing a marathon in late October or in November somewhere warm so I have something to spur me on training during the summer but if injuries heal up too slowly I will happily settle for next VLM only.
If you are injured don't do it, it is not worth it. You will aggravate the injury, you will not enjoy the days before the marathon and you will certainly not enjoy the marathon itself.
Thanks for the comments everyone. When I think about it today with a clear head I know I've made the best decision. I'm going to get a physio to take a look at it next week.
I have lots of races lined up over the summer, everything from 10k to a half marathon. In the meantime I'm going to focus on getting my leg sorted and not even put myself under the pressure of getting fit for another marathon within a time frame.
Cycling, swimming and yoga are back on the agenda for the next few months! Thanks everyone.
I know exactly how you feel!
its took me 5 years to get a place in london marathon, been really looking forward to it , followed a training plan all going really well then couple of days ago got pain in shin, now i cant walk without pain, just over one week to go! its sooooo frustrating. I'm icing, resting, anti inflammatories etc etc hoping that it'll be ok next week, if i'm not pain free i'll defer to next year. dont want to cause a bigger problem and end up missing on all my events planned over the year.
has anyone defered a london marathon number so late on, according to web site you can still defer on the day of the race, how does that work? I'd like to leave it last minute...just in case I'm fit for it.
DON'T DO IT.
If it's a hip injury, be careful. You say it's hip flexor - but it may be stress reaction which could lead to stress fracture since the symptoms are similar (I've had both so I would know)
I ran a spring Mara last year after taking 4/5 weeks off through injury and then deciding the night before that I would run it - BIG MISTAKE. I collapsed at mile 18 - had to take 30 minutes out on the sideline and that crawl to the finish line was NOT one I'd like to repeat in my life!!
You are very wise to pull out and find another one when you are fit and ready. You will enjoy it more and won't have that doubt in the back of your mind the whole way round.
I speak from experience - please don't even attempt it.
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one in a quandry. Aside from the Fleet 1/2, after which my left knee swelled to twice its normal size I've not run since my longest run on 05/03/2011. I had to stop 19 miles into a 20 miler with severe left knee pain (patello-femoral chondromalacia). Since then I've been confined to swimming.
I've been seeing a physio who's been v helpful and got me to a state where the knee's still stiff, with a bit of an effusion, but no pain this week doing short (3&4 mile slow runs 10 min miles) for the 1st time since Fleet, just a bit of grinding and clicking of the kneecap. Went out again today and got right calf pain (I fear I've turned into a bit of a biomechanical disaster!).
I would be interested to know what peoples thoughts are in this sort of situation. Should I crack on? I was going to see how it felt this week with a bit more gentle running,
I'd been put off deferring in my own mind by the fact that I've got a golden bond place. I will call them tomorrow to see about deferring.Is this usually possible?
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