Don't take any energy (gel or drink) in the first hour, but in a race you can ake a gel once an hour or so I suppose after that. I don't take any energy on LSRs, infact usually I don't drink either, so my body is now fairly used to running slightly dehydrated. In a race I tend to drink a sip once every 3 or 6 miles, depending on the weather. In the summer I'll sip each mile from 3 onwards.
Gonna miss the club run tonight as I have to go to Nottingham, so just done what might be the session - 6 x figure of eights on a couple of short hills. 0.4 mile lap, each uphill is about 100 yards long, but it's done at a sprint rather than a run... so most of them were at about 6:20 pace. 7.3 miles total, giving a "week so far" of 33.6 miles... not bad for 3 days! rest tomorrow, try and let that blister heal!!!
Hi fenn, welcome to the thread To gel or not to gel, an age old debate! Lots of the hard core runners seem to run really well without, but I personally need to top up my energy frequently, (even when I 'm not running). I'll take my first gel or beans after 45mins,(I agree with bigeater, take before you think you need them) then every 40 mins till I finish running. It works for me, but I think its a very personal thing, so try a few different ways/times during a training run and see what works for you. Start trialing them now so you've worked out your plan well in advance of London.
Denise- it didn't you long to get back on track with the diet did it!
Anyone seen Redhead lately? ?
yes, Garmin is American, so it started counting from Sundays; it's a habit now!
Been away on a course but still did all my runs - 18 LSR last Sunday then rest Mon, intervals Tues and 10 miles @ MP today
Hi to all the newbies and welcome to the thread! Haven't read back yet but will have a look later and see what you're all doing.
Gels/smelz! Don't use them myself. Rarely take on water on long runs except in warm weather and my nod to a sports drink on long runs (over 15 miles) in summer is diluted fruit juice with a pinch of salt. When I first started I listened to all the conflicting advice and over hydrated and felt sick on energy drinks! In off-road marathons I'll happily eat biccies/bananas/cake/mars bar at the aid stations. Oh and I don't eat before any of my training runs either although I will have brekkie before a marathon.
We're all different and you just need to find what suits you best by trial and error.
Happy running everyone
welcome back Redhead, missed ya! xx
rest day today, and having slept in 'till nearly 11am I suppose I was a bit tired!
6 miles steady run for me! felt good and legs didnt feel as tired... so taking it easy yesterday helped...
Jeez... i am struggling with time and motivation..... managed 17 weekend before last....then 5 last thurs...nothing at the weekend 6 on monday... may go out in my lunch break in a bit, but only lkely to squeeze about 4 in... have been playing water polo and cycling to work... but that's standard... i just cant get out the door.... i know i really need to hit a 20 miler in the next few weeks... but I cant even find the time to do the midweek runs... moan of self pity over....
that was helpful rant actually.... decidied to leave my bike at work run home from work... 4 miles, could add a couple, and run in tomorrow... again, add a bit and cycle home! sorted.... could knock the weekely miles up to 18 by tomorrow, a few on friday and smash the long run at the weekend.... back on track..... !
my birthday tuesday... get to replace my 2010 gel nimbus,.,,,,
well done 'sham, just keep digging into the mileage and it'll build naturally
Well done on the self-motivation 'sham! Water polo sounds fun. I'm a gel nimbus gal as they really suit my midfoot strike. My last couple of pairs were purple too which is my favourite colour
Thanks Jim xxx You were a layzee boy this morning though
lazy? after 33 miles in 3 days including a hill session and a hilly PB? nah, just bloomin' knackered!
Only this morning did I lok at my trainers to see what they were in advance of getting a new pair (Done 1 marathon, a couple of halves and a handful of 10k's in them) and they're Gel Nimbus's!!
Managed 4 miles at lunchtime at a pretty quick pace, Here's where I need some help - I do little more with my training other than getting the miles in and the odd short & fast run, I need to do hills and or fartlek but I dont know how to approach that strategically - can anyone point me in the right direction??
By the way, I'm Densie McGeachy - decided to retain some mystery!!
good hill sessions:
Thanks Jim - I'll be hilling tonight
IT'S A HILL. GET OVER IT!!!
Learn to love hills... they're great places for catching people in races and you can really peeve them by sprinting down as well!
They also build and or tone muscle, strengthen, align, and make you altogether a better and faster runner!
i dont mind hills at all....
I am sure its a well known phrase, because i cant believe i would have come up with such a profound statement, but, 'the world is flat once you learn to run hills'...
I totally agree Jim... i always pass people on hills going up them and down them... just pump thos arms on the way up and shorten your stride... and on the way down... lean forward and let the legs go...dont brake!
Ran home from work last night... cold, but really enjoyed the run! sacked off tis morning, so going to churn out a cheeky little 4 tonight...
I got Gel Nimbus at the time cos i was a bit heavier and needed the cushioning... I am going to try something elso this time, partly because of budget... so any suggestions for a neutral shoe with plenty of space for my small (7.5?) but wide feet that dont cost the earth would be very welcome...
Red... Water Polo is awesome and THE most physically demanding sport..... I love it.. great for core, great for legs, flexibility, strength, areobic and anerobic....It's pretty awesome.. if ever any of you get a chance to watch it played competatively, do it.. its a great spectator sport too,, and a bit violent grr!
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