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I'm looking for advice please on whether it is worth defering my place for the VLM this year, following an injury that is, after 4 weeks, still disrupting my training.
To give you some background.....this will be my 3rd marathon, and the last one I did was in October 2012 which I completed in 4.17. Between October and January I was consistently running 25 miles per week, and I started a sub 4hour 16 week programme in January.
Three weeks into the plan I injured my hip and since then, training has been sketchy. Shorter runs have generally been ok, but anything over 5-6 miles has caused me enough pain to stop. I'm now managing to run about 25 miles per week,4 times a week, plus 1 swim/bike session, but this hasn't included a long run of over 11 miles since the middle of January.
My hip seems to be improving, and my physio has oked an 8 miler for this weekend. If this goes ok (6 miles has been fine for weeks), then I am hoping to gradually increase my long runs to 10, 13, 15, 18, 20.
So my question is; Can I possibly recoup the mileage somehow with only 8 weeks left? I realise that I won't be going for a PB, but not sure if I'd be happy to run/walk. Is this my only option? Do I need to go to 20 or is this unnecessary given that I'm now only doing it for 'fun'?
I've got a ballot place so I've not got the pressure of fundraising on my shoulders. However, I did (rather arrogantly) book a non-refundable and rather swanky hotel for two nights which is setting me back £300.
I'm losing sleep trying to work out if it's possible or not, so any help or advice would be MASSIVELY appreciated.