As skd says, the yellow gels are thicker, the blue ones thinner in consistency but bulkier to carry. Both contain 23g of carbs. Think it's just down to personal preference.
NSGNR. The tip with bladders are once you have filled them up squeeze the remaining air out and hey presto no sloshing about.
I normally use SIS gels but at weekend I used Clif gels, they are much thicker but bloody hell they don't half hit the spot
Ive gone for the thinner high5 isogels. Box of 20 is £14.95 on amazon at the moment so you cant sniff at that. Its the thicker gloopier gels that kill my stomach, so hopefully these should fare better with my pipes. ha ha.
Thanks for clarification on gels, Born again and skd. I think I will stay with the isogel's, as I tolerated it well the other day.
Tried my new camelbak on a 10mile run this morning. We got off to a difficult start (the bladder fell out because I hadn't put it together properly and various straps/ tube were in the way!) but once I figured out where everything should go it was super. I hardly noticed I was wearing it and I loved the drinking tube, which is much easier to use than a bottle. I'm a definite convert - I only wish that I had bought a 2l version rather than the 1 1/2 l one. Jonah - thanks for the tip. No sploshing at all!
Hi all. Well done on all the miles and achievements. I'm very impressed. I have just finished my first full week without running for....hmmm can't remember! I hate it! Doctors tomorrow and hopefully a slow return and mileage ramp up. With £600 on my Macmillan mydonate page I really want to make sure I both start and finish this...just to chip in, on my long runs I was using 500ml of water or lucozade lite plus one Hi5 very 6 miles. M
Good morning everyone. A very busy couple of weeks for me where I've had to squeeze my runs in between parenting and DIY!
I did a slow 5 mile and a steady 8 miles last week before a 15 mile LSR on Monday (it was a DIY Sunday!). I really felt my legs towards the end of the 15 but looking back at my exersions over the weekend, I'm not suprised.
I've started to introduce the High 5 gels into my runs and so far, there haven't been any problems. So far, so good.
I'm on target to get a 20 mile LSR under my belt before the event.
On another note, I've just been looking at the route the marathon takes and it looks as though the last half a mile or so is on Green Dykes Lane which is a very steep hill. If this is the case, it'll be an extremely tough finish to the run.
Yep Liam, Green Dykes Lane is steeeep. (Well, a steep hill by York standards) Really mean of the route planners, I'm not looking forward to that bit. Having said that, once I'm at that hill, I'll know the end is just round the corner, and hopefully I'll be on a high.
Might head out to the country section this weekend and do a bit of a recce run.
how are things Muckles? Hope improving. Hi Liam, training seems to be going well. Hill at the end? Can't believe it!
Confusing e-mail about booking p and r tickets, priority to runners, then spectators after 8.30?! I rely on my team to keep me calm and hold my stuff, don't want to be separated from them but understand runners must go first....I went on the website and saw the scary countdown of something crazy like 38 days to go.....
Good running peeps!.
Green dykes lane at 26ml is steep I've been doin hill repeats on it, it was closed a while back & i found running up the middle, it's the easiest way, 90 secs max & ur done. Don't forget the little bugger hill around 12ml.
Lil - ridiculous that there isnt Parking at start/finish & to charge for the bus! Cheeky!. Another suggestion wud be to park around the area on a street & either walk or catch a taxi to the start. I could suggest some streets nearby if u went with that idea.
19ml for me tomoz running on the Route. :0) happy running!
Hi everyone, been lurking around and thought I would make an appearance. Looking forward to York (even though the parking arrangements are more complicated than usual as I usually have a wife and two kids in tow). On the gel front I have ordered a box of the Lucozade gels to see how they go down/get used to them before the day.
Hey everyone - Would anyone have any recommendations on places to stay? I've been offered an ntry at short notice but obviously I'm assuming all rooms will mostly be fully booked.
Any help would be great
Hello all, I just stumbled across this thread looking for advice about gels. Looks like High 5 are the preferred option, I'll try them out at the weekend. Getting very excited about my first marathon in my home city.
Simon - if you are prepared to stay two nights you should be OK. You could try http://www.yorkrooms.com/ which is the accommodation site for the University. Needless to say they are fully booked for the Saturday night, but they have recommendations for places nearby as long as you stay two nights. Could be tricky if you can only stay one...
There are quite a few guest houses around Helington Lane, Fulford Road & Broadway also some hotels on Piccadilly, all these areas are fairly close to the start.
Morning! Talking of parking logistics - Skiprat where would you suggest parking nearby? I think £5 for each person is a bit steep for the park & ride option! I had thought we would park at Grimston Bar Park & Ride and walk to start but is that a bit of a trek?
Also any recommendations for somewhere in the vicinity for a late Sunday lunch? Going to be a few friends running too so thought a get together after to congratulate / commiserate would be fun! (and it's my birthday!) Thanks!
Skiprat, how was your 19 miles? Thank you, I would really appreciate advice re parking. I live north of York so will be coming in on A19 to Rawcliffe. I ideally would like to keep my family with me! Don't mind a few minutes walk to the start.
Hi Yorkshire Plodder, hope training going well.
Welcome Simon and CosmicGaz
"Rest" day for me today then plan 21 miles tomorrow. Really want to do 20 so am thinking of walking the last mile. Would that be a good idea do you think? Would it be a recovery? It is just how long my gmaps plan has worked out! Thanks.
Hells bells - grimston bar park & ride is a fair trek from the start & not sure if the buses will run so early & they usually close the park & ride with a barrier if not open. To celebrate ur achivement :0) there isnt really any places to eat nr the finish but Loads of restaurants/bars in the city centre but most do pub grub rather than Sunday lunch. Meltons too on walmgate do a fab Sunday lunch but def book it. Oscars, stone gate yard, lamb & lion all are nice places to eat. Hope that helps.
Hells bells & Lily - i would try & come into york on the monks cross/malton road area & head towards a road called melrosegate, there are streets off there millfield lane, Alcuin ave which shouldn't be effected by road clousure, no double yellows or permit parking, & pretty safe leaving cars & 10mins max to the start. I hope this is good advice as not sure how much traffic etc will be about so earlier parking wud be better.
Lily- just finished 19ml, felt good thank you, bang on 3hr, ran most of the marathon route. Good luck with ur 21ml tomoz, maybe just see how u feel at 20ml & if u have some energy left keep running that last mile. :0)
Brilliant Bornagain and Skiprat! Nothing like a confidence boosting long run.
10 miles today while waiting for my oldest son to do his 11+, very hilly Chilterns route, but it took my mind off worrying about him. I'm doing the Crewe 20 miler on Sunday, so I won't do much now until then. I've splashed out on a Camelbak, quite excited to try it
Simon, I'm staying two nights in Harrogate (Saturday and Sunday), haven't planned my travel yet beyond that so any tips welcome.
Skriprat - Cheers for the heads up, i'll have a look online tomorrow in those areas.
I'm travelling up from London, so ideally accomodation will be within a walk or easy public transport to the start at least. If anyone else is travelling up on the Saturday from South Engalnd/London area of the country let me know and we can trade war stories over a long commute up.
If anyone wants to have a quiet beer/coffee Saturday afternoon/eve to calm the nerves also drop me a message!
thanks Skiprat, that is really helpful may take a drive and check out the roads, combining it with driving the marathon route. Congrats on LSR, do you think it is a good marathon route? Lots of places for spectators? Getting nervous now!
Brilliant Bornagain! Loved reading your LSR report.
Susan, hope your son got on ok. Great to do a hilly route.
Off for my LSR shortly. Have had a headache for a couple of days. Hopefully this will blow it away!
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