Great thread! My first marathon and absolutely loved it despite the weather and all the other minor niggles. Would have loved someone to put the medal over my neck - and a foil blanket. I have never been so cold and wet in my life.
However, can someone confirm where the actual finish line was? I have assumed it was where the two red strips and the clock were?
Sally, as someone who is currently recovering from a foot injury, I can totally sympathise with you. However, I would strongly suggest you get to see your GP urgently so he can rule out anything sinister. Where exactly is the pain - top or underneath the foot? I assume you have tried R.I.C.E and anti-inflammatories?
Natalie - I would have to totally agree with Debra.
I am currently recovering from 'stressed tendons' in my right foot so haven't started training for my first marathon in Milton Keynes on 29th April but I am trying not to freak out about it too much. I will start back slowly (15 mins treadmill) last night and am also doing loads of cross training and even yoga as my problems seem to stem from flexibility and the usual stretches weren't having enough of an effect.
Debra - the ultras sound amazing. I have a couple of running group friends who are really into them. One is doing the TP100 which sounds insane! Good luck with yours.
Once you have been injured it makes you so nervous about every little twinge or ache which previously I would have shrugged off. But as my physio said to me 'you're not made of glass' I have to keep reminding myself of that because sometimes I think I am!
Am also in a similar situation. Currently recovering from stressed tendons in my right foot so haven't even started my marathon training and am feeling anxious. However, I keep getting reminded that it's more important to get to the starting line and finish the race whether that has to be through a combination of running and walking, rather than not make it at all through stubborness and ignoring niggles.
I have had to totally rethink my training schedule and be realistic that I won't be up to 18/20/22, more like 15 if I am really lucky. In the meantime, I am doing a lot of cross training (spin, xtrainer, rowing) and strength training - core work, glutes and calves. A lot of foot/achilles injuries seem to stem from tight calf muscles so I can't stress how important it is to stretch these. And not just the usual stretches - look online for extra stretches and strengthening exercises you can do.
This site is excellent as he is a runner: http://ncrunnerdude.blogspot.com/
It's not the most beautiful website you will ever see but there are lots of videos with step by step instructions on what to do. I have found it invaluable.