Hi all, hope everyone is getting on well. I would be very grateful for advice from you lot on my situation: I have the Edinburgh Marathon in two weeks. Up untill 4 weeks ago my training went well, however my knee was starting to get 'loose'. 4 weeks ago I ran a HM during which my knee was quite painful, but I pushed through it (1:27:24, yay!). Since then I have barely been able to run due to pain under my and to right of my kneecap (classic runner's knee I think) - today was the first day since that I have run even 4 miles, and even then I could feel my knee. I think my options are either continue my gentle rehab and then try and run a very slow marathon, or give it up and focus on next year. Thanks for any thoughts.
Woohoo just signed up. Thanks Khanivore, I actually learnt that registration was open from seeing this thread. Like Khanivore I'm yet to do my first ( Edinburgh in May) but just whupped my HM pb and am feeling in a 'enter on sight' kind of mood. Not sure what my target'll be yet, I'm hoping it might be sub 3...
Chris I was in a similarish position to you (without the fags though) last August. I did 4 or 5 runs a week for 5 weeks, with one sort of fartlek (5 or 6 km to begin with), one longer one on Sunday (started with slow 10 km and built up to 18) and filled in the rest with whatever I could manage. Ended up running the IoW half in 1:40 dead. So you don't have to resign yourself to walking.
I had a reasonable level of fitness from cycling and whatnot, and I am built well for running, and had run a bit in the past, but I would say you can certainly knock yourself into 2 hour half shape if you put your mind to it. It will hurt though.