Let me say at the outset, nothing in this discussion should be construed as a way of ignoring your doctor. What I’m going to suggest are some tools that you might use in handling the conversation with you doctor and how to deal with the situation.
Let’s assume that you’ve come back for a return visit and the doctor says “no, you should not run the marathon.” These are the follow-up questions that I would ask:
First, “what are the risks to me of running the marathon?” Your doctor should be able to tell you what they think the dangers are if you attempt the marathon. They more than likely will have concerns about you doing further damage to whatever structure is already injured. Or perhaps they fear that by compensating for your injury, you may do some other damage. In either case, it is important to know why they feel you shouldn’t run. The truth is that sometimes doctors just feel you aren’t ready and there are other times when they feel you will harm yourself by taking part in the marathon. It’s important for you to understand this to make a decision for yourself.
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