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I'm a 39 (almost 40!) year old 15.5 stone (was 16.5 stone) 6'3" bloke running my first marathon (Snowdonia) in 9 days time and am worried about just about everything!
For the past 8 weeks or so I've had Achilles tendonitis in my left leg but managed to keep training without missing too many runs although I feel it has limited my pace. My longest run to date was a very hilly 17 mile road run around my area in the Brecon Beacons last week in 3hrs20min. Most of my long runs have been very hilly actually.
I began my taper a few days ago running 12 miles comfortably on Tuesday and my achilles feels fine! My lower right shin has decided to start being painful instead. It's slightly less painful today than yesterday but I've not run tonight because of it. I'm worried that I may only get a couple more runs in before the big day.
Although my longest was only 17 miles, I definitely had more miles in the tank that day. Heart & lungs are absolutely fine, just my legs are worrying me! My target is to get round in under 5 hours. Have I not done enough mileage/will my niggles be the end of me or should I just stop worrying, man up and get on with it?
Any words of reassurance will be much appreciated