Well even though I was unable to run (and unlikely to run under 3h), I have been keeping and eye on this thread. It has been interesting reading, the highs and lows. I was in London at the weekend watching, it was great to watch but I wanted to be out there running. Anyway, I will try again next year, see how it goes and see if i can get my HM time down first. Well done to all of you for making it to the end whatever your time.
To some extent I guess it depends on the amount of long runs you've already done. Also, if you do decide to try a long run, do laps so that there is an option to quit if the pain persists. But with 3 weeks to go the taper can start gradually anyway. So I am sure maintaining fitness by other methods is a good option whilst reducing the risk of aggravating the running injury. good luck. I am in a similar situation myself, but my injury was 7 weeks out, so not really easy to regain full fitness for me. When a niggle becomes a more serious problem it cannot be ignored anymore, so best take care and avoid injury. What about other cross training options? cycling, elliptcal trainer etc.?
I would have expected a big improvement after this duration. but if and when you get back to running, maybe think about using an eliptical trainer? this way you are using the same muscles as running but without any significant impact. So you can maintain fitness and reduce the problem of shin splints. I found that running on softer surfaces was better for me, so loads of off road running instead of pounding the pavements. But whilst it is painful a rest from running is the onle way to get rid of the problem in the long run. Also, good trainers will help. Good luck, hope it clears up. But after 5 weeks i'd go and get a 2nd opinion.
Must appoligise for the typo's above, early morning and work piling up!
for the record this was my biggest run to date (20.6m), but I had done ca. 16, 18, 16, 19 miles the weeks before with loads of 13 mile plus runs, so stamina should be OK, but having missed a few scheduled 20 mile runs I will not be as fast as hoped.
It was diagnosed as a partial rupture by a doctor with a sports / physio background. I had completed the 20.6 mile run and was feeling pain near the end of the run. But the minute I stopped running I couldn't walk, which was quite a shock. I did try and run after 2 weeks of the injury but pulled up immediately. But 3 weeks on it feels a lot better but not perfect. As for advice on when to return to running, well it was a bit vague and depended on how I felt about it. I have always managed to do some cycling throughout this period with very little pain, but walking has been more uncomfortable. I was thinking of seeing a physio, but now it seems to be getting better I will just keep running, but not big distances require for the marathon. I will defer and try again next year. I felt a little over confident having donw 2 runs at the weekend, but I know higher mileage is a risk.
Also, it is not just the pain in the hamstring that was the problem, becuase I foolishly kept running with some pain I think it may have causde a few other issues which have now settled down. I had a lot of pain in my hip and buttocks too.
I am just pleased to be running again, I really feared the worst. But trying to get my mileage back up at a time I should start thinking of tapering is not so wise. So I am pretty sure i'll be watching the marathon this year. Although I will wait a little longer to defer - just in case a miracle occurs!