I had PF in the run up to my first marathon too. I picked mine up from training in the same gutties I had for ages before I took up running and I had never heard of PF until 4 weeks before my marathon. I think I maybe did two runs in that 4weeks but no more than 10km and regreted it each time.
Good news was that I got round but was in pain from mile two! Bad news was, it took six months to clear up after the pounding I gave it during the marathon. Knowing what I know now, I probably would still have gone for it (particularly if I had paid for a trip to Paris!).
Don't do any more running and just concentrate on stabilising and treating it before the marathon. The old frozen water bottle proved helpful for me when I have a re-occurence a couple of years ago. That bout lasted for about four weeks rather than six months.
I did Paris in 2012 and it felt it really cold at the start. However I had a full set of 'throw away' kit; (hat, gloves, t-shirt et al) so actual conditions when running were fantastic. I thought it was quite an iconic course since you take in all parts of central Paris. Support is ok in comparison to other European city marathons but very nice finish into the Champs Elysees. EVERY time I have been in Milan it has been raining! I have no desire to run a marathon there!
Would appreciate any advice on the trail type shoes for best grip on smooth rock surfaces (cobbles spring to mind). Looking at Salamons and Innov8s but they seem to be geared towards trails, mud and fell running. I'm running on a lot of rocky surfaces which have a venier of humidity. My current road shoes and trail shoes seem to slightly slip on each stride, particularly on the flat or downhill. Any advice would be appreciated.
Went to see Haggis this evening. He is in good hands and is a wee fighter. They are treating the massive infection first. If the infection gets under control then they will attempt to reset his leg but it may take quite a while. He won't be running anytime soon! He is still in a bad place but the vet was impressed that he ate from my hand without the need of gauntlets. Both he and me have had the best sleep in a week over the last 24 hours!
I however have the alarm clocks set again for 5 tomorrow. 10k required me thinks.
Good news story for this morning. Went out at 5am (dawn for me) looking for a friendly stray dog who I have been trying to 'help' for over a week. I fed him scraps most days but for the last week when I have seen him he obviously has a broken leg but I have only been able to find him when I can't get a vet or animal rescue to come out. Came back to my apartment at 7am to find him outside! Anyway, after 5 hours of knashing and sedation (both for me), Haggis is now with a nice vet who is trying to save him and his leg. I will sleep tonight, enjoy a beer and I'm NOT running tomorrow morning!!