Loads of people seem to be injured at the moment which sucks. I myself gave up on my 2014 London Marathon dream some months ago (I just wish that race transfers were allowed).
I’ve already completed (?) the London Marathon (with various injuries) twice; once in 2006 and in 2008.
In 2006 I had completed 90% of the training for the marathon when I picked up a groin injury. I thought that I was fit enough to get around the course, I was wrong. You have to respect the distance, I didn’t.
Finished (the smile was hiding the pain).
In 2008 my right foot started causing me a *large* number of problems to the extent that before the marathon the furthest distance that I had run was 6 miles. I was given a cortisone injection before the marathon. This masked the pain but also meant that I did even more damage to my foot.
I think that the photos from 2008 tell a story:
Not enjoying the marathon experience
By this point I could barely put any weight on my right foot…
After the marathon I discovered out that I had completed the distance with a stress fracture in my right foot. Really stupid. Since the 2008 marathon I have struggled with various injuries, and 6 years later my right foot is still not 100% and probably never will be.
So what is the point of this blog?
With hindsight I wish that I hadn’t attempted to complete my second marathon in 2008. I wish that I had pulled out at the 20-mile mark (the point at which I knew my foot injury was serious). Believe me walking in a crowed running event is not an enjoyable experience. I must have been overtaken by thousands of runners.
My coach said that I was in too much of a rush to take part in the London Marathon. I was lucky and was accepted into the ballot first time. With yet more hindsight I would have spent a couple of years running half marathons, building a decent mileage base before tackling 26.4 miles.
To this day I will not call myself a marathon runner. Until I have run the complete distance of 26.4 miles I will not feel like a marathon runner. This is my personal opinion.
So please don’t feel that you have to take part with an injury. There are plenty of other marathons.