Well after Belin being my first DNS, I have just had a bit of good news.
I emailed them last week saying that I was withdrawing due to injury but at the same time knowing it was probably my last chance as from next year it's a ballot and I have never got a place through any ballot. Anyway, they replied this morning and if I fill in a form, I get guaranteed entry into next years
So I should have plenty of time to get my ITB back in shape without rushing before I get back in training around May next year.
I haven't been here for a few months so thought I would give an update.
After about three runs (10k was the longest) after the Brighton Marathon I started to get a pain in the outside of my left knee. The first run that I noticed it, I had to stop at 6k because I started to feel sick and then when I tried to start again, the pain was so bad I had to walk the last 4k in the rain to get home.
I rested it for 2 weeks and tried again but the pain was still there. Another 3 weeks rest and I just about managed 5k. Then I thought "Sod it, I'm getting a bike".
I went to see a Physio in June and she said I had ITBS, to rest for another 2 weeks and then do some exercises.
When I did start running again it was 1min walk followed by 1 min run for 2k. The distance built up and then I moved to 30s walk followed by 1 min walk. The first time I did that (late July, early August), I started to go again almost straight away but I walked a bit more before running and that seemed to help. A couple of weeks ago I got up to 6k but have since been busy and I've had a cold for the last week.
To top it off, I have that place in the Berlin Marathon.
I thought I had resigned myself that I wouldn't be doing it but then I got the registration email. Now 99% of me says I shouldn't do it but there's that 1% that wants to.
I've been cycling so haven't lost all my fitness but it's not the same. My goal was one marathon and Berlin was because I didn't get into London and to try and go from walk/running 6k to 42.2k after having a cold, I know will just be stupid. I've done what I set out to do and risking my leg just isn't worth it.
It was also going to be a sightseeing trip as well so I may go in May next year and slowley build the leg up to where I was before.
During the tail end of a 10k run on Sunday I started to get a pain on the outside of my left knee but as it was near the end, I carried on. It got better during the week and so I went out again last night. After a while I was getting a dull ache but then around 6k I had to walk. About 500 meters later I managed to run for about 5 meters, walked again for about 10, run for about 50 meters and then just gave up. I was 3k from home so just stopped my watch and walked home in the rain .
I can also feel it when straighting my leg and also when going up stairs. I did put a frozen packet of chips (all I had) on it last night.
I've been Googling it, but could probably self diagnose myself with several different things. Therefore are there any suggestions here? Would it be worth going to see a physio?
Also, I am going to make sure I rest it because I have a place in Berlin and I would much rather rest it now, than rsik it.