What Is This Thing They Call Running?

I have been taking a lot of time off these past few weeks trying to get this thigh back to where it should be.  I am going to keep this post upbeat because I have already had the depressing one earlier in the week, and I don't want to go there again.  I know what I am going to have to do to get this thigh back to normal but I don't want to do it.  I am babying it along and it is not getting any worse so I think that is the option I am going to take till after the Publix Georgia Marathon in just three weeks.

I would normally be talking about getting ready to taper at this point, but I have been tapering for the past couple months so I am going to train right through it.  I am not doing any speed work or anything else that would remotely be considered a workout and I plan to continue that until 26.2 day.  My longest run for this marathon training will end up being last weeks 16.5 mile run and I am OK with that.

At times I feel like I should be running more, but then I remind myself I want to be running after the marathon and would prefer not to have to take a month or two off for a pulled muscle.  For that reason I am OK with continuing my 3ish days off a week to keep this injury at bay.

I have been running my long run on Sunday and feeling good.  My thigh doesn't hurt during the run and feels fine following it as well.  I start to feel it the next morning so I have been opting to take Mondays off.  I have also been taking many Tuesdays off as well because that is what it has seemed to take to get it back to where it was before the long run.  I then have been running Wednesday, either Thursday or Friday, then Saturday leading into my next long run on Sunday.  I have been averaging the high 20's for weekly mileage.

I know this is not marathon training, but it is what I can do right now to avoid furthering this injury.  I will be running this marathon, but not racing it.  I am going to go, run, and enjoy this 26.2, the event at the end of one of the most challenging marathon trainings that I have had, strictly from a mental standpoint.

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Have you ever undertrained for a marathon?  What was the least weekly mileage you have ever run leading up to a marathon?  The shortest long run?