I think my energy drink straight after helped too.
I've been doing a little bit of investigating about the free food for Brighton. They are giving out Clif shots and Clif gels along the way for 'fuel,' water will be in those little water pouches and they have gatorade as their sports drink.For those that care the water pouches are sulphite free, hooray! I'm allergic to sulphites so have to carry my own water if the event are handing out bottled water with them in. I can't wait to run without my camelpak Ikle - I always take a Clif energy bar on my long runs, choc chip flavour. I seem to be getting through without any kind of wall hitting so I guess they are doing the job. I have a whole box of them if you would like to try one!
While I'm at it - anyone have experience running with a marathon pacer? I know I run faster with other people and I'm not so great at setting my own pace, so I am thinking it might be a good idea..
I much prefer the idea of a bar.
ACoops I think pacers are sometimes fab and sometimes not. I think you'll be ok at Brighton. I might do it, too. There was talk of a friend being a sub4 pacer there, but its def not happening which is a shame.
In Paris I started in front of the sub 4 pacers (two groups) yet both groups came charging past me at half way, going really fast. I let them go but caught one group, then another at 20 miles and it was a real relief to mentally hand over to them the calculations and thinking about pace, KM/Miles etc. But then they stopped en masse for drinks at 23 so I pushed on. They did all get over the line below 4 hours (which is more than I did) but their pace did seem to accelerate/decelerate a bit which I'd find a nightmare on a flat course.
Cracking splits, Ikle
IB I use Torq gels in races. Have had various others (SIS, HI5, Lucozade, anything people drop unopened from their gel belts for the backofthepack crowd to feast on!) but like them best. Tried Hammer and gagged! Find easier to hoover down in a race than Clif shot blocks which I use on long runs ("orange waxy cubes! Orange waxy cubes! Orange orange waxy cubes, orange waxy cubes" to the tune of Camptown Races).
Pacers - like AH says it very much depends on the individual ... pacer. If you have someone who's checked out the course and paces it for even effort to come in 10-20 seconds under then fantastic, but that can be tricky, and anyone can have a funny turn on the day.
I can't make it fit, Fido! But thanks! Hmmm...
Sounds great, Susan. Charlie's old school are doing it next term. She's helping out and is jealous.
Just done 10 Yasso 800s. That's my last really tough session done. Legs are mashed!
ACoops - look out for a package. Think I sent it first class so should be with you soon.
what were your 800 times Artful Hen? Do you reckon they're predictive of your marathon finish time? I personally find them a bit optimistic, e.g. I could do 10x 800s in 3:30 each easier than I could run a 3:30 marathon. But perhaps that's just me.
My yassoes were 4:00 obviously. Made a nice change from long slow running, and quite easy to sustain, but yes, don't really feel it has much of an indication for a sub four marathon! B word. =)
Ginger - I will tell you after 14th April! No idea if they are predictive but it's a good, progressive session that's going to help raise lactate threshold and speed endurance. What's not to like ? My 800s were done in 3.40 - no chance of me doing a 3.40 marathon though.
What's not to ikle?
sounds tough AH - well done. you are iron hen - am having second rest day after my 16 sunday just because of late night last night and general coldness and two really heavy days at work - how rubbish am I ? ha ha.. will run tomorrow - promise.
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