I was on mandatory exercise free rest for 3weeks befroe the race for a stress fracture and pulled muscle in my left foot. I ran short distances last week and my foot felt fine.
Today, I was nervous but my running buddy and I headed to our Marathon/Half Marathon race. We opted for an early start and headed out in the dark. The trail is dimly lit so you really dont need headlamps. I felt good and at the 13 mile mark, still feeling ok and no foot troubles kept going. At mile 17, my foot had a slight soreness. I stretched it and it felt ok until mile 19 when it came back with a vengeance. The last 7 miles or so were some running and a heck of a lot of walking. At first it hurt only when I walked but then it hurt whether I walked or run. I am a slow runner but I was on track to finish within 6 hours (aiming for 5:45) but with the pain my time just got slower and slower.
I drizzled while I ran but it rained and poured after we started. It missed us almost entirely. The course support was great with water stop ever 3 miles or so and a porta-potty at each one along with gatorade, power gel, swedish fish, pretzels and sweet oranges.
Now I am back on rest hoping to be healed by cherry blossom 10 miler on apr 3rd.
I did my first marathon! I don't know if I want to do that again but I think I have to do another one to prove that injury free, I can do it in a decent time (for me at least).