As mentioned previously, the two things that might keep me out of the marathon are injury or illness. I've no control over the latter, but the former is a concern. Specifically, my left leg hurts. I have weird pain in the back of the leg and the ankle and nothing I'm reading quite describes it. I don't want to try and "run through the pain" as this could lead to the injury I fear. However, I have to run to get into shape for the training. To that end, I've decided to skip my next two scheduled runs. Instead, I'll do some upper body work, but for the most part, I will be using RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Today I worked from bed, with my leg up and ice packs on. I've been taking ibuprofen for the inflammation. The leg doesn't feel too bad, but I want to give it plenty of time to heal.
Too much time and my training schedule slips. Too little time and I injure myself and can't train at all.