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I'm due to do a marathon on Sunday 10 April. I trained hard from January, did the necessary long runs but got injured just over 3 weeks ago doing a 20 mile run. I have a pain in my hip flexor which makes me run and until recently walk with a limp. I've had several sports massages, crossed trained and swimmed. I felt it was getting better but tried to run on it tonight and was still limping. I'm totally devastated and feel that unless there is a miracle between now an Sunday I won't be running.
I feel like it's a shame to waste all the training. I'm tempted to find another marathon in a few months time. Will all the training I've done count and will i still need to do long runs? Another part of me thinks perhaps I should just forget about doing a marathon until I'm properly healed and try again next year.
At the moment I'm upset and don't know what to do. Anyone been in a similar situation and can offer any advice or words of inspiration?