I read it's 6 jelly babies, so it'll be the equivalent to a gel pack every 50 minutes + they taste nicer and easire to eat.
Can popping extra gels with water at aid stations make up for not carbo loading and not carrying the extra few pounds from carbo load?
There is around 100 calories per gel barely enough to fuel 1 mile. How is taking 4 or 5+ gels during the marathon going to make any difference?
Can a carbo load make up for not taking gels during the marathon?
In my last three marathons I crashed and burned during the last 10 miles and my pace went down from 7 minute miles to barely 8 minute miles. I only took 3 energy gels in those three marathons with 2 in the first halves and only 1 in the second halves.
To the people who eat jelly babies, how many do you have and how often?
I'm sure I worked out once that 3 JBs is equivalent to typical gel. How many an hour depends on you really. I was tested last year by our local uni and they worked out I needed 1.2g/kg bodyweight/hour. In reality (having tried that on a x-country marathon) it was too much and at the 3 hour point I was sick to the back teeth of carbs and did the rest of the race on water and finished fine!
It was all done properly, but I just couldn't take the carbs on board. I don't train with carbs if I'm out for less than 2 hours so now I tend to start eating about 90 mins in to a longer run and that seems to work better. In truth I'm not the best person to give anyone advice on nutrition. I've done a full mara distance on no extra grub.... just isotonic drink. I think at my pace I can comfortably burn fat all day long. Carbs are over rated!!
Carbo loading requirements are insane anywhere from 7 to 10g in carbs for every kg you weigh. If you weigh 70kg you are looking at 490g to 700g in carbs per day over the two or three days leading up to your marathon. That is carbo overload.
No wonder marathon runners who undergo carbo load have bloated bellies.
yes eating to many carbs prior to racing...can make you bloated and uncomfortable..and often binds you up...I just add my gels into my water.bottle andsip this during my long runs..taking on water at the water stations
I know they're not for everyone, but I really rate the GU gels.
I'm in training for the MK marathon in May, and I'm thinking in terms of GUs, plus cola bottles (which I prefer to jelly babies - £1 for a big Haribo bag from Aldi), and maybe a handful of Sports Beans. I'll rotate these as I go.
I'll be running with a bottle belt, so I'll always have water on hand to take with the gels, meaning I'm not married to where the water stations are on the course.
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