Thanks everyone for your advice. I ended up going for a 15minute jog end of last week,followed by a steady 4miler yesterday having felt far better than last week. 4miler felt bit tired but rested today and will extend a little tomorrow if it feels ok.
I think my legs were just itching to get out there and my nervous mind needed to be out at ease! Thanks again
Thank you both for your replies. Frustrating to be twiddling my thumbs! I know I need to listen to my body and get better, but needed to hear it from someone more experienced that this was a better option than running through it!
Just after any advice from fellow athletes! Training going to plan for VLM, ran 20miler 2.5 weeks ago,followed by a 14m 1.5 weeks ago ( I struggle to run 18+ on consecutive weekends). Picked up a really nasty cold/infection last week so have not run for a week. Still rough now but itching to get back put there. Thought of short run today to get legs going, run of about an hour on Saturday and if all feels ok, to go for my planned 20m on Monday. Too much too soon? Because they 20m feels a long time ago now I'm anxious to get another long one in asap but don't want to set myself back further healthwise! First time marathon so any advice appreciated!
As a teenager, I was consistently the best in my age group within Wales at middle distane and cross country. Due to illness, I gave up when I was 17. A few years ago, I started running again, and rediscovered the enjoyment of the sport, without the pressures of having to perform. I entered and completed the Cardiff Half Marathon and gained a place in the 2004 FLM. Training went really well until I sustained a stress fracture and had to give up my place. I was gutted.
The years following this were particularly difficult personally, culminating in the death of my father, who was my coach and mentor all those years before. I have just re-started running for enjoyment, but have found that I need a personal goal. I can't think of a better goal than the FLM. Once I have committed to something, I give it my all and I'd love to gain the advice and support of the RW team whilst at it.
I completed that half-marathon a few years ago in 1.50, so think that a sub 4.30 time is definitely within my reach with the right training and advice. I would love to complete this personal goal for myself and more importantly for my father., in his memory, to thank him for everything he ever did for me and my running.
I am 30 in a few weeks time, and feel that I could provide inspiration for others, as others have done for me when I have read their stories and followed their progress.