The good news is that, if you are so minded, then you can make a full recovery and get back to where you were. the bad news is that it will take time.
While you are in the recovery phase, which you are now, the most important thing is to be patient and not to make matters worse.
Be careful when doing any physical activity involving your legs as the injury will alter the movement pattern and hence loadings on your body, if you are not carefull you may find aches and strains in places that you are not used to.
There will also be a tendancy to use your non-injured side more, to protect your injured side, this can lead to a loss of muscle on the injured side.
My advice would be to take things slowly and concentrate on good form, as has been said maybe work on your core and/or your upper body.
Consider concentrating on your non-load bearing activities, that is your cycling and swimming and make sure that you are getting equal output from each side of your body.
When you get back to running avoid running when in a fatigued state as this will impact on your form.
Moof: That's a shame, but it's good that you have a wise head on your shoulders and taken the sensible option. The stupid option is to have started the race, thrown the kitchen sink into it and "heroically" battled out a disappointing result and then discovering that it takes you six weeks to recover.
Bottle the disppointment and feelings of frustration, recover fully and then unleash it all in an A race of your choosing.
Jools: Congrats on the decision to run and the target, now do the hard bit and go get it.
Good luck to all the VLMers, awaiting the reports already.
Best wishes to those lucky enough to be able to make the start line of VLM, remember to give it your best, dig deep when needed. But, especially, remember to enjoy the day and saviour the atmosphere.
Carbloader (and any others) if you are aiming to run to HR then be prepared for the first miles to record silly figures, the anticipation and adrenaline from the start will throw any HR reading way out, it will take a few miles to settle down into "normal" territory. You may have to run to time/pace until then.
Any one doing any other races this weekend?
Hope to do a parkrun on Saturday, anticipated 9:30mm pace accompanying my daughter who doesn't like to run, wants to walk always then does sub 6:00mm pace for the final 200 metres.
Jools: So is sub 3 at VLM on? Didn't realise you were going to be at Lochaber, may have seen you without realising. There was good support out on the course especially from a group of four shouting like eejits. How did your friend do?
Speedy: Have patience, your fitness will return within a week or two and there is five weeks to Edinburgh, you'll probably only need a very short taper as well, poss 10 ten days or so.
Notice that the taper is causing the usual madness and worrying to many, not long now.
Seem to have recovered fairly quickly this time and am about to head out on a short recovery run. The on the day problems with my stomach and hamstrings/glutes were gone by Monday AM. Sense has also deserted me as I'm already contemplating running it again next year.