Gold,I hate to be depressing but I am a runner of 35 years and have experienced my share of injuries. A bad AT injury, no correct that, any AT irritation is serious. The inflamation can linger for long after the AT has healed.
I am currently struggling with an AT injury and have been for the last 5 months. The original sharper pains that affected me walking and in the morning going down stairs took a few weeks to subside but I have been left with a residue soreness that just doesn't want to go away. I am getting lots of physio but it still lingers. I can run but the heel feels sore. It responds to icing afterwards but it is still there.
Unless your AT quickly clears up COMPLETELY I would say it is very risky to consider a marathon.
As to your question, probably not a lot, speed is the first to go but your endurance will be intact.
I too have suffered with achilles injuries.
I have had all the classic symptoms, stiff in the mornings, especially down the stairs. Sore heel etc.
I have no advice but I would like to say a few things that I have learned from my and others experiences.
Good luck with your running and don't let it get you down, even if it persists.
In terms of icing it buy a 50L plastic bin from tescos(for about 6 or 7 quid). Fill it full of cold water and then get a bag of ice from tesco's (~a quid) and dump it in. Stand with one leg a time in it for ~3 or 4 minutes at a time.
Eccentic stretching the way forward as well. Heel drops.
If it's very stuff in the morning look at a "night splint".
Also get physio.
The above should give you a quick enough fix.
All injuries have a root cause so best to get to the bottom of that too otherwise it will just recur.
In my view, you have made the correct decision.
I ran the Edinburgh Marathon in 1983 with Tendons which were already causing me trouble in training. After completing the Marathon, I was unable to run or play rugby without major pain for the next 7 years until I had surgery on both my tendons, one of which was permanently fixed. The surgeon did say it had a 50% chance of working! Five years ago, I went to a new surgeon in the US to ask if he could fix the other and he said that the tendons were paper thin because of the previous scarring and my age and would not do it.
Why did it happen? I had proper new Balance shoes, I ramped up my training gradually, I was already a very fit rugby player in my early 20s. Two reasons given to me - it was the shock of the road running and recently I was told my a surgeon that I had somewhat flat feet.
My advice would be to rest for a long time and of course, you know what I'm going to say as you have probably already been told it - swim instead! If you're going to start running again - run on grass.
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