Don't worry Pip. Still time. Off to Cyprus today, so will try and touch base over there if poss. Depends on the internet connection. Back next Wednesday anyway, so will see how you are progressing. Speak soon.
Hi again Pip, and hello Nemo 96. Don't panic. What is the worst case scenario. Walk/run strategy which is absolutely fine. You will both find that you will most certainly not be the only ones doing that. There will be 10s of 1000s of others using the same strategy. Honestly Pip. You can afford to keep off it this week. Don;t run on it until you have had it looked at. It is easy to panic, but don't. We will keep in touch and will take stock of the situation after you have had it seen. As I say, don't feel compelled to run on it yet. A few days off may really help. You may not get to beat your previous time. But does that really matter. Just being at London is a great thing in itself anyway. There is no pressure on you to have to run it fast. Just to enjoy it.
Nemo76 , do you think you can get your mileage up to 10 miles this weekend ?
Hi Pip. I know Wells. They have a very strong running club.
How are you anyway ? Please don't worry about losing a week. You already have a 17 miler on board and that is a biggie. That is really good mileage in terms of a long run in the bank. You still have plenty of time !! That 17 you did is a massive step in the right direction. You only need that one 20 miler 3 weeks before, or even 4 weeks before, but 3 is good !! ( another run or two of 17-19 miles would be good too ! You will not lose much at all over a week and in some funny ways that time off ( even being ill) can actually work in your favour.
I have a running colleague and friend who ran for GB and has also managed the marathon team to Canada. A few years ago he was training for the Toronto marathon and became very ill near the end of his training schedule. He lost a week. He still ran the marathon and did it in a PB of 2.18. He never ran another one faster. So don't worry. The worst thing you can do is get hung up about it and worry. Just a waste of energy. You are better concentrating on channeling your thoughts on getting better ( listen to coach Kiwi !! LOL !!!!). Let me know how you are anyway and where you are now ?? Speak soon PIP.And don't worry !!! There is no harm done here !!!