Thanks for the advice guys. Its really reassuring to know that there is so much support and experience on this forum.
Its not the end of running for me. It will just be the start of running with a bit more care and consideration for my own health. Especially as the same doctor diagnosed a murmur in my husband which result in him having a valve replaced just before Christmas last year. So although I known it can be harmless I am also fully aware of the other routes this could take.
I was surprised she signed the form after finding it. I think she is hoping running a marathon will either "cure" it or make it get to a point she can justify a referral, (which is incredibly had to get at my surgery.)
Having been inspired/ kicked into action by previous forum post I sorted out my training plan last week and have got my medical form signed and stamped ( only cost £15, which I thought wasn't to bad).
Anyway the reason for my post is that when I went to the docs for the medical including ECG and BP. She listed to my chest and told me I had a heart murmur, "probably a bit of a leaky valve but as you have no symptoms you can run we will listen to your heart again afterwards". This has come as a bit of a shock, its obviously quite mild but has developed in the last two years. Has anyone else had this experience?
As the doctors seems ok for me to run I am going to continue training but no go for a PB.
Thank you for all the great advice on here it much appreciated . I intend to slowly read through it over the next couple of weeks as I suspect it will answer most of the questions I have.
I see a lot of people are staying in hotels, has anyone any camping recommendations?
We are coming over in the camper van and will probably use a site near Versailles before going on to Disney, but I would prefer something a bit closer if possible as I am concerned about getting in on time using public transport on marathon day.
I'm going to book an appointment and take my form into the doctor after payday. They would not tell me a cost for completing it until they have seen it but knowing my surgery it wont be cheap.