Taking on a marathon is a big deal for anyone but an even bigger one when you have a health condition so I fully understand any concerns you may have.
personally, I don't think that it played any part in my relapse and neither does my neurologist. But even if it did, I'm convinced that my level of fitness and strength played a big part in my recovery. some of my distant relatives think I should take it easy (that's why I keep them distant!). As for my GP, I last saw him 3 years ago while I was waiting for my scan results and he told me I couldn't possibly have MS because people with MS cannot run marathons!!
Hi Zouse, that's ok - your plan sounds good to me!
MS wasn't factored into my marathon training as I didn't know I had MS until afterwards! I ran VLM in the April and then had a massive relapse in June which led to diagnosis. Previous relapses were few and far between so it took while to figure out what was wrong with me. Like you, I always made a full recovery afterwards.
I've not done marathon distance since but set a half marathon pb last year on just 3 training runs a week. There's no way of telling what brings on a relapse and your approach sounds very sensible to me - use it or lose it I say!
Hi Zouse. I was diagnosed 3 months after running London in 2012 but looking back its evident I've had MS for many years, and during that time I've run 3 marathons and many half marathons and 10ks too.
I'm still running but not as often and not as far, purely because I'm enjoying other stuff - I joined a surf lifesaving club so most of my spare time is spent on or in the pool or sea.
in 2012 when I last did London I was training 3 times a week and that was enough to get me round. It's tough - you have to listen to your body, ms fatigue feels a lot like mile 20 of a marathon. Also if you're on a treatment plan you might want to plan training around that depending on you're feeling.
Thanks T.mouse. I've yet to manage 3 runs a week but might try 3 shorter runs and build up from there. 45-50 miles a week - that's impressive! I'll be happy to get to 20 I think, haven't worked out the maths but I've got plenty of time to build up slowly for a spring half.