Marathon training has a certain routine about it. The ideal 'buildup' includes many miles of running most days of the week. Braving all kinds of weather and conditions, we clock up the kilometres one foot after the other, while keeping a record of pace, time, distance. We keep a conscious note: how comfortable a session was, or how we're feeling in order to make minor adjustments. To the serious marathoner there is no satisfactory alternative. We refer to it as 'miles in the bank' and do it so that, when we're somewhere between 32 and 38km into the marathon, our legs 'remember' that we can push through the pain and tiredness. Ideally build up will be uninterrupted for six to twelve months prior to the big day, which requires focus, determination and persistence. Runners know this and feel that each day missed can never be regained.
Well, injuries have a way of thwarting or changing plans. Treatment and rest are required to ensure recovery, while we quickly calculate the maximum 'allowable' rest days, being one of those athletes who would run 7 days a week if the body allowed. However, the importance of rest is one of life's lesson. Therefore I encourage others to, 'listen to your body' as it will tell you when and how long to rest. To those who know me well this may seem like a case of 'do as I say but not as I do'. Nevertheless, rest applies to all of us, whether an elite athlete or a casual fun runner. Future plans are only be realised and enjoyed when we're healthy enough to be there:)
See you out there - Keep the faith!