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I'm due to run my first marathon in April and since Christmas, have been following a schedule for 4.30/5 hours (to finish!). The weather has played havoc but I kept going (albeit abit behind schedule). However I went down with the dreaded flue bug and have had to miss 2 weeks of training. I've tried to get going again but I have lost all momentum and, obviously still not 100% well. I've got 8 weeks to go til my run but have lost all confidence as my performance even with slow jogs and 'gentle' gym sessions have been really hard work with poor results. I need advice - do I keep slogging out training under par or leave another week or so before I try again? Any advice or experienced similar situations. Do you try your first marathon when obviously your training hasn't gone to plan and you will suffer or leave it for another year?