OK the nerves are setting in it's a month until my first marathon. i'm in the 5 hour plus bracket to me that's running it. I know to some of you that's a slow walk
Anyway, I'm thinking either high five isogel plus or Jelly Babies.
Reading up it seems that i should be taking possibly 2 or even 3 gels an hour, 2 seems possible i guess but just want to check. Am I being daft or is that right and if i'm going to take 5 hours plus, around 5.30 i should be basically taking them every half hour after i start running, which is around 52g of carbohydrates an hour, so about the same as 60odd grammes of jelly babies per hour. So again if 5plus hour is that 300+g of jelly babies so a bag n a half that i should be taking with me?
Whatever you feel most comfortable with. Though the amount does seem somewhat excessive. Be sure that you are not taking on more calories than you are burning and that you are not giving your body too much work to do in digesting what you are putting in.
I guess that it doesn't really matter that much both are instant energy. I'm slightly worried that jelly babies will give you a sugar spike and crash. 5:30 is a long time, enough time to crash, which I guess is why you need to keep feeding yourself.
What have you been training with? Can you take both and just see what you feel like eating when you're out there?
I have strange food cravings when I run, wonder if a bag of chips counts?
not a lot on my 28k run i tried a dozen jelly babies, and in just over a week doing a 32km so was thinking about it now for then.
So the 28k according to nice garmin watch and HRM i burnt off 1900ish calories the isogel thingies are 92 calories so 2 x an hour is 184 and around the same for jelly babies. So that will be along the lines of 900 calories intake over the marathon.
Which I agree seems a lot, but I will be burning off probably about 3000 i guess? so that would leave me still with a 2k defecit :0 so not exactly going to pile on the lbs whilst doing it.
You need to test this on the long runs you're doing.
For me I have an energy gel every 5 miles on a marathon. Have done so for years.
If I was having jelly babies I'd probably go with one every mile or two ? Seems about ballpark. Gel manufacturers seem to give very high 'dosages' - Theres really not many people who would take 3 gels an hour ! How would you carry them all ?
Booktrunk - like cougie I go for a gel every 5 miles which is 4 for a marathon - by 25 miles it probably isn't worth it. Definitely get some practise in. I find they become less easy to take as time goes on and I can get quite queasy so couldn't do more.
I have never successfully managed jelly babies while running - I can't do the breathing and chewing thing. It'a a pity as they do taste lovely.
I have a gel belt which I use when racing to carry them and for training I tend to use less so just stuff in pocket or use camelbak.
Look on you tube there are lots of marathon tips
No more blogs for me.
Stick to friends and fellow runners
I tried York Fruits instead on Jelly Babies. They're much bigger and you can tuck them in the side of your mouth and let them dissolve (which takes about 10 mins) so you don't have to chew them. Not so good for your teeth though...
I'd worry about doing something daft and ending up choking on them. I do silly things like fall over
booktrunk wrote (see)
Hi. OK the nerves are setting in it's a month until my first marathon. i'm in the 5 hour plus bracket to me that's running it. I know to some of you that's a slow walk
Don't worry, thats still running it if you are Seren Nos ;)
Just to point out this thread is quite old I did manage it, 5:30:22 but hey I got around, am training for my second, but have had a week and a bit off with a knee injury hope to be back running next week.
If you are curious I went the Jelly babies route, flagged a bit around 33-40km but got through it. I really wanted to beat 5:30 but it just makes me keener having not done it. Would love sub 5:00 next time.
Paul Garvey 2 wrote (see)
Look on you tube there are lots of marathon tips
Booktrunk - go to a library and look at running books. Hope this specific advise also helps with last years marathon
Ohhh... Got myself some Vibram five fingers yesterday. I assume that you break them in gently with a 50m ultra for the first run. But I might go to the library and check first, just to be on the safe side.
Steph - this has tickled me that the guy posts 6 months after you done it then takes offence you are a ickle bit sarcastic with your reply
I may consider doing a marathon in the coming years can anyone help..........lmao
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