another refueling question
ok, first marathon in 4 weeks (eeeek!)... and just wondering about re-fuelling.
I've got the shot bloks down to a tee (and am slightly addicted to them , but that is another story...)
I just can't stand the gels nor the lucazade drinks.
Will i be ok just drinking water and taking the shot blocks? This is what I am training with and so far so good. But obviously, I've not done 26.2 miles yet.
Just worried as lots of people say you need the sports drinks too - but I can't stand the taste of them.
Anyone else just have water and shot blocks?
Water is fine - for years that is all you got - in the small marathons that is all you still get - as long as you eat plenty of carbs and drink plenty of water in the days leading up to the race s you start well fuelled and hydrated you can get round on water
I agree with the above. On very hot days you might consider Zero or Nuun (or cheap man's version, dioraolyte). This is salts only and comes in powder or tablet form which you pop into a water bottle. I can't stand Nuun but love High 5 Zero tabs.
cougie - at the moment I'm taking a cube every 20 minutes. Worked fine so far (apart from today! where I wanted to vomit and could not take anything else on board...but the less said about that the better, I hope it is just the tail end of my cold rather than an indication of marathon day). I also mix it up a bit and take sports beans, again every 20 minutes where I take 2.
PSC - i've got one of those and tried it (not whilst running, will take one with me on my next long run and see how it goes).
tricialitt - thanks. THat's quite a good idea. I am doing london where they only offer lucozade, diluting sounds like a plan. Have you experienced problems with shot blocks later on in the race?
Sometimes the body just needs something different after 20 miles. I find that whatever I take I go off them after 20 miles, but if someone offers me something different, like jelly babies, then my stomach is happy with them.
But you should be OK with water and shots as a general rule.
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