that's a good question...the only way to get an answer is to try it for yourself. If it was me, I'd do at least an 18 this weekend, and be sure to refuel & rehydrate really well after the effort. That still give you two weeks to recover. I would also be sure to start REALLY easy and even consider walking through all the aid stations, both to break up the race and to be sure to fuel & hydrate properly.
I can say from having done something like it myself that it can be done. In 2002 I finished the DC marathon (noticed I didn't say 'ran') coming off an injury with only a 10 mile long run. I ran the first 10 miles then ran/walked the rest and made it my mission to talk to people who were having a bad day. It made me realize that I was doing fine. Out of my 26 completed marathons it still in my personal worst. But I'm glad I did it so I know how NOT to train.
The real question is why are you going to do this? Are you working towards '50 states'? The money you've already spent is gone, don't chase an injury to add to that. Be careful.
on the other hand it might be fun...but I have a weird sense of humour. -Rita
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