CL - its almost too late to get any training benefit from a 20m run now. If you are slightly underpar you risk losing more than you will gain and just exhausting yourself.
My advice would be to run no more than 17m now and on soft ground e.g a tow path or similar to minimise the impact. Another idea might be to run a medium easy parkrun on Saturday followed by say 2 hrs easy on Sunday. That way you will simulate a long run on tired legs.
Bottom line: you have been ill and by your own admission "struggle to run 18+ on consecutive w/e"
Use your brain; respect what your body is telling you - the rest is ego!
If you still feel rough then dont run. It is tough but you need to concentrate on getting better, rather than ticking a training box. Maybe try a little run on Sunday and see how you feel after. If you are ok then do a long run on Monday. From the sounds of it, I wouldn't run today though.
Are you still gunky? Anything on the chest? If you have a chest infection, I would rest up because you risk doing yourself more damage. If it's cleared up and you're just feeling a little run down or snivvly you could go for a short run now to see how it feels and build from there. But really, most of the work is done now so best to err on the side of caution.
Celtic Lady, I ran the Abingdon Marathon last October, my first marathon since 1998. My training was going fine until the last three weeks, when I contracted not one but two viruses in consecutive weeks. I was on the verge of pulling out, but felt ok in the last two days before the event and, because the effect was for me to have a very long taper. I revised my expectations down (they were low anyway - this was the first time I'd run so far since being diagnosed as diabetic in 2007, but that's another story), ran simply as I felt and came in at just over 3hrs46 minutes. Play this by ear. Rest up if you feel ill. If you feel better, just test the water with your running - you might make things worse by doing too much. You will get round, but perhaps not as fast as you once thought you would.
Celtic Lady wrote (see)
Little bit gunky and a dry cough!
Think I might skip the rest of my dinner now ......
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