I am not sure where you are based, Kathy, but they have pacers at the Reading Half Marathon. I know they have a 2.10 pacer and one (maybe two) for slower times, so they probably don't have a 2.15 pacer. But I'm not sure.
It did help, thanks, SideBurn. And yes, I have got some stretches to do. Now having troubles as early as 9 miles and I am sure it is because the second physio I saw taped it in a totally different way. Luckily the tape from the first physio came off in one piece and for some reason I didn't chuck it, so will take it to next physio appointment this Friday.
Don't think I will run for the next week. I am a member of a gym - what is the best way to keep up fitness during the taper? Cross-trainer, bikes, swimming (I hope nobody will say swimming as that's a it of a faff )? They also have a different sort of cross trainer at my gym where you start off doing steps an then extend your stride. It is...odd.
I managed to do 18 miles. Was really impressed with the physio. Then I found out I could get physio for free on my husband's work insurance, so this week someone else has taped it up so I can do 9 miles on Sunday. Only this time the tape's already falling off! I wasn't that impressed with the physio either. Hmm
Nayan, good luck. I am sure that now you are in the taper you will be OK. I am also going to be really careful these next 2 weeks.
Just wanted to thank you for your replies again. I saw a physio today (don't know if it would have occurred to me so close to the race...doh). Debra, you were right - it is a tibialis posterior tendon strain. The physio was a runner herself and said she thought the marathon would be OK. She has taped me up to try a long run in a couple of days. I will try the cold can too! Tape feels weird, like someone is gripping my foot! But I think she knew her stuff. Interestingly she thinks it is because I am (a) hypermobile (runs in my family) and (b) extra hypermobile as I am breastfeeding and this releases a hormone that relaxes your joints etc. Very interesting! Fingers crossed my last long run goes OK; she said even if it doesn't that doesn't mean the marathon is off. Had a sports massage too and she discovered lots of knots in my leg!
Thank you again for the replies. I will see if I can get to a physio - that sounds like a really sensible suggestion. I've waited 5 years to do this marathon, for various reasons!
I always thought you had to do a 3-week taper but could you get away with 2 weeks, then? Was thinking I could see if I could perhaps wait til next week to do the run. I feel I would like to do it for confidence reasons. Things were going quite well too - I am a slow runner but was doing so much better than last time I trained for a marathon! May well try a long cycle and shorter run too, thanks Debra. Feel I need to do something that will test my endurance!