Posting as part of Admin’s ‘Dare To Be Different Day’! I have not been out on the bike this year (apart from one 10 miler a few weeks ago, just to make sure the bike still worked) because I have been training for my first marathon (Belfast Marathon). The race is on Monday 5 May (i.e. 8 days from today) and I am not ready. I have had loads of niggly injuries throughout the training period which have prevented me from training properly for weeks at a time. I have been able to maintain my cardio training in the gym but I have not managed to run more than 15 miles yet (at 10 minute mile pace). I started out with the hope of completing the race under 4 hours, then moved my goal to under 5 hours. Now, I would be happy to complete before the course is closed (after 9 hours). I am prepared to walk the last 10 miles to the finish, if necessary. Now, the question – how much pain will I be in during and after the race. I realise I will not be able to train for a week or two, but will I be able to stand or to walk?