Beginners and Beyond


Was it the Hills or too Much Salt Loss? Question for the Marathoners. (Read 128 times)

    So was it the loss of salt or the hills that caused her calves to give way?


    Probably neither.


    Typical probable cause for nOOb marathoner:

    Too few overall training miles

    Over aggressive goal

    Over aggressive pace

    Trying to bank time

    Battling injuries and not adjusting goal

    Starting too fast

    Not training in a way that adequately mimics course conditions (weather, terrain, hills, etc.)


    Agreed.  The only thing I would add is if the weather was significantly warmer on race day.  At my last marathon, it was 61 degrees at the gun which isn't too bad but the humidity was literally 100%.  A lot of people tried to run their goal pace on that day and I can guarantee that none succeeded.  Looking at the splits, there were a lot of people crashing and burning.


    Here's a nice article from Matt Fitzgerald.


    How Much Salt Do You Need?

    Short term goal: 17:59 5K

    Mid term goal:  2:54:59 marathon

    Long term goal: To say I've been a runner half my life.  (I started running at age 45).