How quickly can you train for a marathon?

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27/08/2010 at 18:07

How quickly can you prepare for a marathon - I don't mean an all out attempt at smashing PB marathon, but a get you round in one piece attempt.

Reason for the question is that I have been pretty much out of running action for almost 4 months due to Plantar Fasciitis and today I have had a cortisone injection in my heel, I have my leg in plaster for a week and I'm hoping that this resolves my problems.

I am entered in the New York Marathon in November and it is all paid for - flights/accomodation/race entry etc and as you can imagine this does not run cheap.

I have 99% resigned myself to having a hols and watching the race, but is there anyone out there that thinks there is still time to get ready to get round.

I have been cycling and swimming during the non-running period and my general fitness is ok.

 New York Marathon is7th November.

I ran this years VLM in 3:18 but would not even dream of anything within an hour of that time - in fact walk/run is certainly an option.

any comments welcome.

M...eldy    pirate
27/08/2010 at 18:13
Taking all things into consideration I think you stand a greater chance of a reoccurance of injury than not ...

Thats some PF if you have been in plaster and with cortisone,  rehab will have you starting on very short runs and a very gradual increase in time/distance

I would take the holiday 
27/08/2010 at 18:32

I can of course defer - but that would mean forking out about £800 for another holiday in New York next year and paying the entry fee again (which is over £200) - which I really don't want to do.

Cancelling the holiday this year is not really an option as stupidly I didn't take out holiday insurance at the time so I would lose all my money anyway.

I can delay the decision to run/not to run right up until race day I suppose.

 More than happy to walk / run - it is only about actually doing this event and seeing the city from places the usual tourist wouldn't - the race goes through Harlem, The Bronx, Queens etc all places I guess I wouldn't go whilst not running the marathon.

I have sort of resigned myself to not being able to do it - I was just hoping to hear of some miracle method.

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