I just finished my first marathon in Chicago. After running for about one year, I started training in March for the Indianapoplis Mini-Marathon (half). My 18-week marathon training went well and I seemed very capable of running between a 3:30 to 3:40 marathon (which was my training pace for my long run of 22 miles). However, cramps in my each of my quads and calves forced me to walk the final 5 to 6 miles (I only speculate that it was due to he cold weather and because I didnt ingest my typical amount of sodium and potassium). I hobbled over the finish line in a disappointing 4:20. I am tremendously disappointed because of all the time and effort I invested into my training (to prevent this type of collapse).
I thought running Columbus would boost my psychological well-being if I ran Columbus (14 days after Chicago) in a more respectable time. I have read many of the posts warning against such marathon spacing. My situation seems distinguished from the other questionsplanned or strategic gaps between marathonsin that I walked at least six miles of Chicago. A positive Columbus experience would go along way in justifying my sacrifices. I am more concerned with preventing injury than discomfort. I am 29 years old, 63, and about 180 to 185 pounds (not sprightly, or really old or young).
My questions are as follows: (1) Can my body recover quickly enough to run respectably in Columbus?
(2) If I run Columbus, how should I prepare?
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