My husband suffered a complete ACL tear a few years back and had the option of reconstruction surgery or strengthening the muscles around the knee to such an extent that they provided stability. He is a rower (not a runner) so has strong legs anyway, and he did find that he was able to stabilise the knee through exercise. However, he never entirely trusted it and it would occasionally 'collapse' which was agonising.
He opted for the surgical repair in the end but it hasn't been entirely successful. The knee doesn't feel as it did before or like the other one. I suspect much of this is to do with his refusal to rest as instructed post-surgery as we have a friend who underwent the same procedure with much better results.
Is there a reason why they did not reconstruct your ACL at the same time as your surgery for the cartilage? Seems odd to me.
Thanks for the thoughts so far. I don't want to defer London, because I've been given a guaranteed entry and it would be rude to do so. My original plan was to defer Brighton and run London, but I'm kind of fed up with marathon training through shitty winter weather and thought I might kill two birds with one stone. But my thoughts are kind of along the same lines as Grinch's - Brighton isn't quite as flat as London and if there's a strong headwind a PB may be off the cards, and then I'll wish I'd raced London. Not sure if it would be silly to use Brighton as a last long run pre-London (another thought I had) as I'd normally do a 3-week taper off a final long run of 20 miles.
The other mad plan is to defer Brighton, race London and then do a 50K ultra 9 weeks after London.
In terms of recovery I'm usually OK - generally take a full week off after a marathon and then get going again.
Failed to get into London, so entered Brighton, only to bag myself a guaranteed entry to London! Until this point I hadn't actually considered doing both but after a conversation with a friend last night I'm toying with the idea of "doing the double".
I've done London 5 times so know the course pretty well, but have never done Brighton. How does it compare with London in terms of being a fast course? As it's two weeks before London, my instinct would be to race Brighton then run London for the atmosphere and razzmatazz, which I haven't done since my very first one.
Very best of luck, CC - read the Spine Race website last night and you are one crazy chick! It looks gruelling to say the least. If anyone can survive it you can, but please take extra care given the extreme weather forecast. We don't want you getting blown away! I for one cannot wait for the race report!
Glad your first day went well JG. Can you mix it up? Leave early and get home early on some occasions and breakfast with the kids other days? How many days per week are you working? And the first day is always a bit of a damp squib!
Will try to do a proper post at some point soon but wanted to wish CC the best of luck before the madness commences!