Scottish Tablet

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12/03/2013 at 16:05

Hey guys

Due to run the liverpool half marathon on Sunday which im nervous about and slighty crapping myself abbout. I am unsure what to take with me for an energy boost along the run. Never tried gels so not sure whether to give that a go, however I am considering making scottish tablet as its full of sugary goodness and is delicious. Hs anyone else ever tried this before?If not any ideas on what would be good to try?

12/03/2013 at 16:07

Always try out your nutritional strategy during your long training runs, On the day is a very bad idea 

cougie    pirate
12/03/2013 at 16:35
Definitely make the tablet and give it to me after the race.

You don't need the extra energy for 13 miles. Your body has a store and will let you run over 15 miles without extra. As m'learned colleague says - race day is a bad day to try out different nutrition.
12/03/2013 at 16:37

It's too late to start eating things on race day, if you've not been eating them during training.  As Cougie says, though, you shouldn't need anything anyway.

Stick with what you're used to now.

12/03/2013 at 16:41

But out of curiosity, what is Scottish tablet?

12/03/2013 at 16:43

a butter fudge cake - very sugar rich

12/03/2013 at 17:11

It's YUM, is what it is . I use it on ultras, really great, milky sugary goodness.

But no, no need to use it just for a Half, that is a bit over-kill on the sugar front. Just have a decent dinner the night before, and a good light breakfast, toast or something, and you're laughing.

13/03/2013 at 17:01

Cheers guys! lets just hope i will make it through this HM in one piece

Will maybe make the tablet for my housemates and they can eat it while spectating lol

16/03/2013 at 01:05

If you're well trained and not carb depleted you should have enough energy in your body for 90 - 120 mins.  If you're expecting to take longer than two hours and to be going at a good effort the whole way round then you will do better if you take something with you - jellies are pretty good for most people but if there's anything that you've used before on a run without any trouble you should probably take that.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
17/03/2013 at 10:14

Tablet is the food of the gods.  A whole day's calories in a 1" square.

17/03/2013 at 10:19
Jellies? Bit sloppy on the run
17/03/2013 at 11:02

Tablet may work for ultras, but I'd have thought the fat content would still be too high to replace gels.

17/03/2013 at 15:24

Fat is the ultra runners friend . I also use gels, but not as often as the manufacturers would like to make you think you need them .

17/03/2013 at 15:51

I use Kendal mint cake on long runs (training for Brighton marathon), and find it easier than jellybabies etc to chew, quite refreshing as well. Not sure how it measures up to gels etc as I don't tend to use them, but I think mint cake is similar to Tablet? I also eat a Nakd bar as well - yummy!

As the others have said don't try anything on a race day that you haven't tried before! The consequences could most unpleasant! I'm assuming you've run the race so I hope it went well for you?


18/03/2013 at 16:28

Hey everybody!

Thanks for the advice, I ran my first HM yesterday which was a lot of fun, good atmosphere and the weather was decent. After taking on board all that you said I decided to give the tablet a miss instead I got up early had my porridge, toast and bananna and just incase I had a couple of jelly babies in my pocket during the run but didnt feel I needed them which was good I suppose. Still feeling on a high from yesterday does anybody else get this after their race? Thanks again!

18/03/2013 at 16:31

ps think I seen that Kendal mint cake in the cotswold store, is it commonly used by runners and out door people? id never heard of it before this.

cougie    pirate
18/03/2013 at 16:33
Not for running, but isn't it compulsory to take it when out walking ?
I'd choke on it if i tried to run breathe and eat that all in one go. Much easier walking though.

If you want a healthy option - they do the brown version too.
18/03/2013 at 17:22

And chocolate covered Kendal Mint Cake is even better...

Photo of a long held ambition finally achieved....

Me eating KMC at Everest Base Camp


18/03/2013 at 17:28

I buy my Kendal mint cake online from Lakeland limited (not sold over here)They do a white and brown version and I have the one not covered in chocolate so it doesn't melt from being in my pocket! I have always found a small piece much easier to chew than jellybabies etc, but that's personal choice. Like the photo Dave BTW!

Yes always on a high after a good run Mary Kate -so now you have to find yourself another challenge!! Well done! 

20/03/2013 at 23:17

Loving the photo Dave, you climbed Everest? that's class! I want to try this KMC now just for the craic Iv been googling and it sounds tasty!

Thank you Jelleybaby another challenge is definitely on the cards is anyone else got anything good coming up lately?

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