I've just decided that I'll run after having seen a physio yesterday who thinks I just have soft tissue pain rather than a stress fracture.
I save my music/audiobook til after mile 21 when the going gets tough. It gives me a real boost. Nobody has ever told me off for it and I think in a lot of marathons the field is more sparse by that point or rather spread out and I don't think it is so much of a problem. I have in honesty encountered problems with runners who have earphones in weaving right into me and seen chaos caused by them, but as people say so many runners use them during races that I think the proportion of inconsiderate users must be less than 1% and it is a shame that using music has such a bad rep. Maybe it's a volume thing? All I know is it really bloody helps in those grim last miles. Having said that I ran Manchester last month and the last 5 miles were a joy. Who knew?!
Blakester, running with watered down cold coke has revolutionised my long runs. Seriously, the difference has been amazing. I've had consistent energy levels, no hunger or cramp issues and it has made it just that more bearable taking on lots of fluid. I only started on this training cycle and wish I had started years ago.
Ben, unfortunately (for me anyway) Edinburgh is an exercise in marathon tedium as it doesn't take in any of the city at all, you head out of it sytraight from the off. I'm hoping that this one will exorcise some of my Edinburgh demons. The last time was mentally a very tough one (the weather didn't help).
I had a great appointment with another physio this afternoon, who said that she's fairly certain that I just have soft tissue issues rather than it being a fracture. She also said I had great legs...but poor glutes. Oh well. I now have information to work with. She didn't recommend doing the marathon, but said it wouldn't be the end of me either. Hurrah.
I think they will make for a great, savoury run alternative.
I am thinking of taking some of Scott Jurek's lentil burgers. They are a bit of a faff to make btu can be cooked off and easily carried. If you haven't ever made them, they can be quite crumbly. If you don't have the recipe I can try and replicate it here or find it online (it's in his book Eat and Run) if you fancy it.