Posted: 22/04/2014 at 10:35
Well done Superman!!! I totally agree with DS2, on the waiting until next spring. Almost everyone I know who did well on their spring marathons last year, didn't get what they wanted out of the autumn ones, either because of injury, or illness during training, or indeed on the day and it is my strong belief that more than 1 raced in a year is too much - not just for the body, but for the mind too (I know I'm doing more than 2 this year, but the rest are mainly off road, and will be done at easy pace). Look at the elites- they rarely do more than 2 in a year and its their full time job.
I started my build up for Manchester last September, having spent the summer working on 10k and then half marathon speed, but I kept long runs in the mix, enjoying an accidental 20 mile run, that should have been 18 from Dedham to Harwich to get fish and chips . My 28 week buildup meant that if I had a niggle, or got sick and had to miss up to a week, (which i never missed that much), I would only be sacrificing 1/28th of my build up, rather than 1/16th. I have a book on how to qualify for boston marathon, and he advocates a 29 week build up, so I used training sessions from that book for the first few weeks before switching to the more traditional 16 week programme.
If I were you, I would set a goal for later this year when you are going to be fully fit again- ie, totally injury free and ready to run the sort of weekly mileage you need for a marathon build up; get the treatment and management plan for your calf, and stick to it!! Good Luck