I agree with Ollie on this topic. There is not enough recovery time between the two marathons to expect your body to perform at the level desired. Physiologicaly speaking, the inflamatory process of muscle repair takes about two weeks to completely resolve minor injuries, such as DOMS. TO ask your body to not only repair the damage done at CHicago, but also start replenishing the expended glygogen is going beyond what the normal, beginning marathoner can expect.
It sounds like you went into Chicago with a very specific idea of how fast you "should" be able to run. I've found that's always dangerous, especially with the marathon. PAce conversion charts are only a guide-line.You should be proud of the time you ran, take the next few weeks off from running and focus on recovery. After the recovery phase is over, there are plenty of late spring marathons that would be ideal. YOu will have the benefit of knowing the distance and the addition time running.
From my own experince, I found that a month is the closest I can stack my marathons. I did three this spring, one in march, april and in may. The one in April was the only one I really ran, and even that time (3:57) was slow for me, as Ollie can attest to. Running a slow time is disapointing, but it gives you something to focus on for the next phase of your development as a runner.
te amo, RNR girl
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