Becoming ever increasing scared ahead of the Rome marathon, having done a couple of 20milers...... I am left asking where do you get the last 6 miles from, let alone the .2!!!!!
Tried some energy gels during the Brighton half and wondering if there are any people would recommend for a marathon and a make of belt that would suffice to hold 4/6, without them falling out within a pace?! Not wishing to break the bank on the latter!!!
righty ho many thanks any tips on getting through the final 6 and Gels would be much appreciated!!
I've always used SIS GO gels & I believe they do one with added caffine to get you through. Must say when I did Brighton last year I was so gone that I forgot to take it.
I used a belt that meant they were secure on my back but it wasn't tight & I ended up with loads of scratches though I didn't notice them on the day... I am going to look into an arm support. Alternative is to find out what they have on the day & practice with those.
Thanks for the advice will follow that up.......hope this not a stupid question BUT can they be taken on their own or best to wash down with a slurp of water?!!!
Will certainly ensure that i taper properly....tis all exciting if a little daunting!!!
yes - you need to wash down with water. Some of them are quite gooey - I think that's why GO are quite popular - more liquid based.
People are right - you don't need gels on a half but it's worth practicing - in-fact a lot of people use a pre-marathon half as a practice event which is a sensible idea
This is good stuff , thank you!!
I will have try some high 5 or sisgo for my long run this weekend; it was good to have a practice at the Brighton half (and a bit more... tee hee!!! did make me chortle the mis measurement!!) At least they adjusted the times accordingly...chuffed at that!!!
will certainly take on board the grit and determination tip......head down and keep plugging then!
They say a marathon is split into two races - the first 20 & then the final 6...
My advice would be to save something for the final 6 - i.e. don't go out too fast & if you take on gels or sports drink you'll probably be ok...
PS tip: don't mix the gels & sports drink - your tum won't like it
I think Keyboard_worrier's suggestion is about right about how many gels though perhaps one before you start assuming that you had your brekkie two hours earlier...
Even simple sums can be incredibly hard when you are racing ! - I agree Cougie!!
i dont use gels or any sports drinks
in fact they mak me feel quite sick and queezy
i run HM's and FM's without them, solo and pushing a wheelchair
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