Training when you feel like that will do nothing to enhance your marathon chances and potentially more to harm them. I guess what you decide to do depends on your goal and what your base level of fitness is like. What was your weekly mileage before getting sick? If you could easily bash out 10 miles and you start from mid Jan training consistently then you'll probably get round ok. If you are less fit and/or you want to do more than getting round you might want to think about deferring and give yourself time to recover and train properly.
Thank you so much for the lengthy reply. Despite what I typed, I think I've been maybe a "typcial runner" and ignored all sensible advice (which is v bad) and still try and run. Since I last posted I've managed a 6 and a 4 mile run and kept them v slow and v flat & walked up any hills. I have then pretty much rested the rest of the day and made sure I've had an early night. So far, all is okay...I've finished my antibiotics now and am taking lots of stuff to boost my immunity - stuff from the homeopathic and elderberry tablets.
I think your advice about maybe only doing one 20m run is sensible....my aim is really to get round and say that I've done one. But I need to continue to listen to my body and if I need to defer, I should do that. I certainly don't want to end up like your friend with a year of feeling unwell. Last time I had pleurisy, I certainly felt much iller and still ended up taking 4 mths off.
I'll keep you posted. Thanks again.
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Thank you for your reply, v much appreciated. I think you're right in that I need to be sensible and rest for a bit more. I'm doing strength/core stuff at the gym but minimal CV. I'll take another week off and reassess after more early nights. I was running ~30 miles/week before so I'll see how I feel next week and see if I could do 10 miles or whether more rest is needed. Perhaps I need to be sensible and face facts....perhaps this isn't the marathon for me and deferring would be better.
You're on antibiotics, have been told you have pleurisy, are complaining of feeling tired and yet you are going to the gym and planning a 10 mile run to gauge how you are recovering... Seriously? What part of that possibly sounds like a good idea?
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