But if you never race before the marathon - how will you know what time you are capable of?
It doesn't take long to recover from a half.
That's right. Smash out a HM and get a time and you will now know what time you werecapable of, because you sure won't be capable of it now. The HM will have seen to that.
Its total lack of confidence in one's training that has runners pulling the marathon cake out of the oven before its cooked.
As for recovering from a HM. It might take a few days for the pain to subside. However the deep down damage will take a couple of weeks to resolve; and only if not added to. So that's two weeks wasted before putting in another two weeks of training simply to get back to the condition you were in before the HM race itself.
So that's four weeks wasted for a 'look see'. Is it worth it?
Don't race before marathons. It's all wasted effort.
I would head this advice. Its not so much a case of it getting worse rather than it leading to other injuries do to with instability in the knee.
I would also not be running a 10k if I am new to running and am missing a bit of my knee. I would be spending time building up a good base of 30 miles a week. If you can hold that for months and also do some stamina and speed work you can run a 10k.
I find there is too much talk of racing on these pages, not enough talk about how to maintain a consistent training regime. Its boring and not nearly as exciting as running twice round the earth but it can mean that you never have to say, "oh i use to run but then i injured...(insert bodily part here)"
I think Stephen you may find yourself isolated as I have with this common sense advice.