I was wondering if any of our more experienced runners out there have good cramp prevention advice. I have a sub 3.25 marathoner and not really siffered too much with cramp in the past but on Sunday up to 23 miles I was on comfortably to run 3.15. Then I got severe cramp in my hamstrings and calves. I limped home in 3.27 in the end after stopping a few times to stretch the cramps out.
I am reasonably experienced and not a novice so was well trained. I took SiS go gels every 30 mins. I am not the sort of runner who wil carry a water bottle with me on a race so cant really take an electrolyte drink halfway round.
I know salt tablets aren't the answer but wondered if thre's any vitamin supplements that might help, or is an eletrolye drink BEFORE the race going to be enough? Or is it a case of getting on the weights to build some more power in the legs? any thoughts gratefully accepted, next marathon is Septemeber...
I have done a few marathons now and always throw in a few races on the run up despite what the plan says. It is important to keep your long runs up ot get the stamina and mileage in your legs but a race is definitely worth doing, dont worry about replacing one long run. Your increased pace in a race environment will compensate for any loss of mileage and it's just great to experience a race atmosphere and some accurate pacing.
We all slavishly follow training plans but it's good to break out every now and again and do something a bit different. As Ross says you will also get an accurate reflection of your current fitness. Ultimately race days are (usually) enjoyable experiences and if you are enjoying it you will run well. it's nice break from the mundane long run Sunday!