Thank you so much for the lengthy reply. Despite what I typed, I think I've been maybe a "typcial runner" and ignored all sensible advice (which is v bad) and still try and run. Since I last posted I've managed a 6 and a 4 mile run and kept them v slow and v flat & walked up any hills. I have then pretty much rested the rest of the day and made sure I've had an early night. So far, all is okay...I've finished my antibiotics now and am taking lots of stuff to boost my immunity - stuff from the homeopathic and elderberry tablets.
I think your advice about maybe only doing one 20m run is sensible....my aim is really to get round and say that I've done one. But I need to continue to listen to my body and if I need to defer, I should do that. I certainly don't want to end up like your friend with a year of feeling unwell. Last time I had pleurisy, I certainly felt much iller and still ended up taking 4 mths off.
Thank you for your reply, v much appreciated.
I think you're right in that I need to be sensible and rest for a bit more. I'm doing strength/core stuff at the gym but minimal CV. I'll take another week off and reassess after more early nights.
I was running ~30 miles/week before so I'll see how I feel next week and see if I could do 10 miles or whether more rest is needed.
Perhaps I need to be sensible and face facts....perhaps this isn't the marathon for me and deferring would be better.
After getting the horrible cold bug before Christmas, doctor has diagnosed pleurisy. I'm on antibiotics and no longer coughing/aching but just feeling v tired. Haven't run now for 3 wks and am feeling that I'm massively behind into marathon plans for Brighton. It's my first marathon and my aim was to get round.... So question is if I rest for another week, will I have enough time to fit in my training? Training pal is up to 14miles... What do you think?? Last time I had pleurisy I think I was really run down and was on ABs/steroids and off running for 4 mths. This time I no longer feel ill, just sooo tired....but really want to do Brighton