Hey, interested in your thoughts guys.
I ran the Brizzy marathon last Sunday, prob shouldn't have because a persistent 2 month hamstring injury really disrupted my training. I only averaged about 35k a week for the last 3 months and in that time only had a few long runs, 1 x 30k and 3 x 21K. I was happy with a 4.35 finish though considering my poor preparation, being 55 years old, and also it was my 1st marathon since 1990.
I sat on 6.15 to 6.25 pace the whole way and consumed about 6 snakes, 3 gels, water and some Endura along the course, plus I had about 250mm of flat Pepsi (memories of Forester IM 1990) in the last 10k. However with 3k to go my legs suddenly had nothing left, even getting over speed bumps was taking it out of me. My calves and quads started to cramp and I slowed to 7.30k's from the 40k mark on and couldn't do a thing about it. I was lucid, I wasn't tied, I wasn't puffing, but my legs had nothing. In my finish video I look like a Thunderbird marionette puppet as I crossed the line. Today (Tue) my legs are still shot.
Anyway my question..... did I run out of fuel?... wrong type of fuel? .... or just not enough training miles in my legs?
Thanks for any advice, hoping to avoid a repeat at the HBay 100