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Hi there, I'm running this year's VLM (first time) and, having had a really good 3 months training at the beginning of the year, it's all gone a bit pear shaped since the end of March. I was up to 16 miles but got shin splints and was out for 3 weeks (albeit doing some spinning, cross training and swimming).
I finally got the all clear to run on Thursday and was aiming to do a 20 miler today (which in retrospect was probably a bit ambitious). I managed a VERY slow 17 miles (3 hrs 20 - when I would normally run a sub-2hr half) but it was ag3ony (just in terms of how much everything hurt) and I ended up getting on a bus at 17 miles rather than doing the final 3 miles. I'm now absolutely terrified about the marathon and considering deferring - if I can't do 17 miles at a slow pace then how am I going to do 26.2????
Do you think I should defer or stick with it and just run/walk/crawl on the day?