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Just wondering if I could get some reassurance from experienced runners! My training was 100% on target and 3 weeks ago I peeked my first marathon training at 21 miles. Since then things have gone down hill - it's almost like my legs have gone "OK, that's it, I don't want to run any more!"
Legs feel like jelly when I walk and when I run, like iron weights. So much so, that I can barely run a mile without stopping. So in the last few weeks I've done a meer 3 runs with just a few miles each time at that.
A few people mentioned my iron/ feretin levels may be low, but I've been to the doctors and had it tested - it came back normal! I'm taking iron tablets regardless, along with all the other bundles of vitamins I can get in! I'm obviously eating and hydrating well... well, up until Tuesday when I contracted a tummy bug and have only just gone back to work today (although in hindsite, perhaps the well earned rest was needed and will have done me good!).
My question is this - I aint no quitter, so no matter the pain/ discomfort, I will be running the marathon. However, do you think having done little training in the last few weeks is going to impair how I go on the day? I'm so worried that after having dedicated (literally) my life to training over the last 6 months its all going to be thrown away.
I've done ice baths, stretches, foam rollers and sports massages but nothing seems to be mending them. Will mind over matter get me through?
Any reassurance or advice would be really appreciated for a first time marathon runner who just wants to see the benefits of months (and years if I think back to all the 10Ks and Halfs I've done) of training.