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I'm currently in training for London Marathon and i'm feeling utterly miserable as i've just seen my physio about my aching knees and he's told me that i shouldn't do my long run this weekend and generally need to lay off the running for the time being. The thing is, i'm supposed to be doing the first of my three biggest runs before my taper this weekend- 19 miles and i'm terrified that if i miss this run then it's going to ruin all the hard work i've put in to date.
I've had achey knees (right knee especially) with pain that began around the inside of the knee since i started going over the 13 mile point and now the pain seems to be more in the middle of the kneecap. As my mileage has been increasing so had the pain. Physio seems to think it's due to an imbalance in my muscles- basically the muscles at the top of my right leg/hip aren't working as they shoud, putting pressure on my knees.
I need to listen to the physio right and not do a long run this weekend? Has anyone been in a similar situation? Does anyone have any advice in terms of cross training or just generally keeping my fitness up so that i don't lose it whilst i'm laying off the running? And can someone please say nice things like it's going to be ok and i will be able to run the marathon! One of my friends has just had to pull out because of a knee injury and i'm terrified!