You need that minimum of physical preparation in order to have you mind fight for something that is not a lost and vain attempt that will ultimately finish in an orgy of injuries.
Maybe ignoring them is just what they need. Dismissal, pure and simple. Or perhaps the real benefit of running isn’t physical, but spiritual
A few weeks ago I had to abandon a race because of iliotibial band pain. It sucked a million times !
I already had caught this 3 years ago and I knew it was damn difficult to get rid of it permanently. It is also a super frustrating because the pain will quickly disappear and you will want to run but as soon as you do it, the pain will come back instantly.