Oh dear! So here's my sorry tail of woe! I have managed to run a sub 4 hour marathon twice in my life - a couple of years ago. Now I am 50, I decided to train hard again in an attempt to hit sub 4 - this time with a view to getting a GFA for London 2019. Training for this time is not easy for me and has meant running alone (club runs regroup a lot) in order to hit time targets in training. Everything was going well, and I had entered Manchester marathon as my qualifying race, hoping as it's flat I would have a chance. However, at mile 15 I started cramping in my calfs despite early ontake of electrolyte tabs and regular water sips. I still managed to keep going, but it was getting tight for time. I finished the race with a chip time of 4 hours and 20 seconds and was absolutely distraught. It meant so much to me and I had worked so hard for this. The most upsetting thing is that my pace was under the required overall pace to achieve the time - had the race been 26.2 miles. I needed to run 9:09 pace and I ended up running 9:06 pace. However, the race (or the lines I took in the race) amounted to 26.4 something, meaning that I lost out timewise. This is so hard to take. However, take it I must. I realise that all marathons need to make the race distance slightly over and it's impossible to totally follow the optimum route in a big race.
So...my question is this. Is it possible to recover enough in the next few weeks, to have another stab off the back of the same training? I'd like to - the thought of starting all over with training later in the year is not a nice one right now and I really want to tick this achievement off so I can get back into ultra running (not naturally fast, but can do long stuff) OR...do I not stand a hope, because by the time I'd recovered sufficiently to be able to attempt it again, my fitness will have dropped too low?
Has anyone been in the same situation and attempted it again after a short recovery?