I have just had my place confirmed for VLM next year, deferred from last year as I suffer from plantar fasciitis. Although my condition is much improved it would be against the advice of my doctor and podiatrist to do any form of running ever again. Instead I've taken up cycling. However....
I used to be a keen runner, clocking up a couple of half marathons every year and after 5 years applying through the ballot for the London Marathon and not getting picked I was granted a marathon place in 2005. I finished in just over 5 hours, and enjoyed it, but (daft as it may sound) I don't really remember much of the actual run/sights etc. So I'd always hoped to do it again, to take it all in.
So I applied again, 5 years in a row through the ballot, and didn't get picked, therefore had a guaranteed place for 2011. I started training very gently and in good time (as I knew I would get a place and had had a break from running after having 2 kids) and within a couple of months could hardly walk because of plantar fasciitis. Therefore I deferred my entry but I now know that I can't run again.
I accept what my doctor says but now the acceptance magazine has dropped through
my door I can't help thinking that after 10 years of rejections I'm so lucky to have a place that I just can't turn it down. So I wondered if I could walk it? I feel it would be my last chance and I'd really be able to savour the atmosphere. Also I could wear a daft costume and try to raise as much money for charity as I could which i feel is a lost of what the London Marathon is all about.
Does anyone have any experience in walking a marathon? Or any thoughts generally on the idea? I appreciate I will need to train for it and my feet may not let me finish, but I want to try.