Can you get it deferred? I'd do that. You'll be super next year and there's no rush. Give your body a chance to get better. It'll seem better in a little while. And there's no reason you can't do a different marathon in the mean time, before next year's VLM. There's plenty of them. Where you can also get sponsorship. Chin up young Bean! You'll get there. X
Three years ago, I did London 2010 off 5 weeks build up, including taper (LOL). Prior to this I had been running 2 or 3 times a week for 5-6 miles, not serious training though. Work and personal reasons meant up until 5 weeks prior, I was not going to run, but the thought of seeing it on the tele knowing I could have been there, made me go for it. Put in a few LSR`s or 12-14 miles and off I went to London. I knew I could not go for a time, so just set off at an easy pace. Couple of 1 min walk breaks around 18 and 20 miles, but finished like a train. 34 mins outside my PB, but it was the best marathon experience of my 7 marathons. No pressure or expectations. It was a great run.
So I would say, keep options open. Train on the bike, run what the ankle allows and be patient. If 7 days before race day it`s still no good, then defer. If ok, do it. No garantees you`ll be flying in 13 months time. Sometimes, it`s not about the result, but more the journey/experience on the way. London is one hell of a day (done 5), shame to miss the party.
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