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Hi - I'm training for my second marathon (London). It's been going really well and then last week everything changed, when I could only manage 11 miles of an 18-mile long run. Had to run/walk the rest because of pain on the inside of my ankle and my arch. I am not sure what the problem is - I had felt little niggles a month ago but managed to keep plodding on, with only very minor pain and only after about 16 miles or so. But now it has got worse.
It is not desperately sore to walk on, apart from first thing in the morning. But I can feel a dull, faint ache in the background all the time and if I flex my foot. I am not running at all this week (will swim instead and hope for the best) but was hoping to do 18 or 20 miles on Friday. If I don't manage this run, what effect will it have on my marathon, and can I still run it?
It is so frustrating as, energy and stamina wise, I was still feeling great after the last long run, but towards the end I could not run for much more than a minute at a time.
I can't defer because I have deferred once already....any advice would be much appreciated! Not sure whether to go all out to try to do this last long run or just forget it and hope for the best come April 13th.