Just a big thank you for everyones help on this thread, it all proved a great help, the advice was tip top esp timings of the gels and the jelly babies..grit and deternination definately the key, I found the last 4 miles the toughest ever!!!!!.
well I completed Rome and very chuffed with a sub 4 hour time!
Yes, the Lucozade ones are pretty yummy, very sweet... I'm also rather loving Gu flavours at the mo!
Question - would it be overkill to take gels with caffeine in them, AND, say, High5 tablets with caffeine?
Would it be better to take plain gels+caffeine hydration, OR caffeinated gels+water/sports drink... or does it matter at all??
Great to see a thread about gels I only started using them 2 weeks ago and was wondering how often to use them and what with.
Im doing the Hull Marathon April 8th so I've tried them with water only on 2 x 20 mile runs and no problems with tummy.
I got the GU Gels after hearing good things about them but the only thing is on the back of the packaging it states not to take more than 4 in 24hrs?
With taking one at the start then every 5 miles which seems a popular course of action I would need to take 5.
Is it adivisable to take 5 on race day even though packaging states no more than 4 in 24hrs?
Any help or advise very much appreciated
Hi there thanks for the reply I seem to be fine with the gels with water, no problems at all so like you say take the 5 if needed.
Im still learning all the preparations for a marathon and Im a big believer in fail to prepare,prepare to fail to coin a phrase lol
Thanks for the advise its appreciated
These threads will be humming on the 23rd/24th/25th April with people who got sick from eating or drinking inappropriately, including people who've used gels in training but then found at race pace they can't deal with them. A marathon's a very unpleasant experience if you get any kind of gastric distress. Use with real caution, and don't gulp anything. And if you don't feel you need them, don't feel obliged to use them - lots of people get by fine without.
guess you are doing a 10 miler this weekend as part of your taper LTS? You could could still try one gel - won't help you but at least you will know if it has any affect on your tum...
I use SIS Go gels as people say they are the best for swallowing. Not that nice but they do the job...
Zip Fit gels all the way for me!
These ones are packed with 51g of Carbohydrate compared with the SiS ones which are about half of that..
I used just 3 during the Rotterdam Marathon this weekend, but as mentioned before they are VERY cloggy (I would say gloopy) so my tactic is to take one as you are approaching a water station then gulp as much as you can to wash it down.
On a marathon I take at 12 miles, 17 miles and 22 miles.
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