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Mudchute Live 22/04/2012

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31/03/2012 at 19:56
Maddy, nice to hear from you and VERY grateful for CPR practice, predicted time for marathon is finishing on the same day that i started, if possible, lol 
31/03/2012 at 21:01
Cheers A MC.
01/04/2012 at 09:44
Morning group 3, enjoy your last long runs those who are doing them today you are nearly there
01/04/2012 at 14:23


As B said enjoy your last long runs most of teh hard work is over now

Dave - I am a bit out of date but I am sure I will manage - what number are we looking out for

01/04/2012 at 14:56
Last really long one in the bag, and such a lovely day for it too
01/04/2012 at 18:06
Last longish one done, though only about 17.  Really slow and comfortable.  A lovely day to be running along the sea front!  Almost went down to run on the sand!  But there's only ten yards of it between the mud and the sea wall...
Tommygun2    pirate
02/04/2012 at 08:55

Morning Group 3

Build up to London seems to be going well, Paddock Wood Half Marathon yesterday and a shiny new PB by 7 mins. did it in 1hr45mins31 sec. So fingers crossed sub 4 might be on

02/04/2012 at 10:20
Fab weather again.  Did 20 miles ( or a little bit under ) in 3 hours 31 mins and a few secs.  Did a proper 20 mile race two weeks ago in Worthing in 32 mins and 8 secs, so probably about right.  need to explore the gel thins - only taking jelly babies and water at the moment.  Have been advised to try Hi 5s.  Any one had any probs with these?
02/04/2012 at 10:24

Sally & anyone else

yes it is about right, very nice done

Exploring ther gels

in my expereinced opinion

it is getting too late to expereiment now

02/04/2012 at 10:29
I was intending to run home from work on Weds - about 14 miles and thought I would try a couple then.  Bad idea?
02/04/2012 at 10:35


it really is up to you, but sometimes ( and i'm only saying sometimes ) they upset people ( as they do me ) and leave people sick and yukky

now if ure are sick because of them and can recover in time for a 26 miler - ok

best of luck

02/04/2012 at 10:53

From what I recall when I tried High5 a week or so back it was fine, if a little runny.  Having said that I decided against it, so the taste must've been poor or something, and I'm going for the PowerBar Gels.

I'm still experimenting with flavours, but happy already that the gels won't upset my stomach at mile 17/18.  I think you're going to find it very difficult to test out anything similar, as your long runs might have peaked already and you don't want to do another now just to test gels.  I would say there's nothing wrong with testing them on a shorter run, but you're not really going to know what would happen when you're already slightly dehydrated and lower on energy, with your stomach being a bit more picky.  If your stomach is pretty much made of iron, then don't worry!  Unfortunately, mine is, so I can't really comment on what would happen if you had a bad reaction to the nauseating flavour of some gels...

So we're all going to be running in snow tomorrow?  Can't wait!

02/04/2012 at 12:19
Thanks for advice.  I've normally got a good stomach but have felt nauseous at around mile 18 - 20 in a couple of marathons - particularly Brighton last year when it was very hot.  A few people I've spoken to swear by gels and say they're brilliant.  But it's my fault for not trying them out sooner.  VLM will be my 6th and I've never managed under 5 hours - did 5 hours and 40 seconds in FLM 2009!
02/04/2012 at 12:23

wishing you well for a super day

had not realised youve done marathons - Sorry

best wishes

02/04/2012 at 18:32

Evening all

Sorry Supercaz - posted photo and didn't then reply to your request for info - I will be wearing a Help the hospices vest, and shorts. Only addition/change from the photo might be a bright pink jacket if the forecast ice age returns for marathon day.

Last long run of 20 miles done and dusted yesterday - bit of a painful achilles/ankle so will be erring on the easy side from now on. Looking forward to a weekend soon where I'm not running for half a day!

I have tried a whole load of gels and all seem fine until I get to the 20ish mark where I begin to feel a bit sick - obviously haven't managed to practice beyond that - just another joy of the unknown to look forward to!

02/04/2012 at 20:02

yes, it is the journey into the unknown that is the big issue and wider problem

20 miles and beyond is really where to expect the wall - for fatuige to set in

whether it be tight muscles,

breathing, tired legs and body,

DE - hydration, were one has burnt all their body fluid etc , of course if one starts being sick on gels, 6 miles is a long way after 20 to come unstuck, especial;ly when opne is suddenly hot and bothered

of course if one loses it meantally then that is where the big problems hits home  

02/04/2012 at 21:54
After 90 minutes you will need to top up your carbs one way or another. The Lucozade they give you on the course will do fine, but I get rather sick of the taste of it after a while. I use High 5 gels. They're very runny, almost like a drink, so can be a tad messy, but they're really easy to swallow down and come in nice flavours. Apple is my favourite as it's tart rather than sweet. I find the Powerbar ones far too thick and difficult to get out of the packet, same with the horrible tasting Lucozade ones. The worst for me are SIS, which give me rather nasty stomach issues!

There's still plenty time to experiment now. If you have a reaction it won't last more than a few hours.
02/04/2012 at 22:10
I agree with CC2-SG you will need something. I have only done 3 marathons but on those I preferred to take some SiS electrolyte drink with me to have during the first half of the race as well as SiS gels - but I'm not very speedy so don't mind carrying stuff. I have never had a problem with any gels, but I know some people really do struggle to find someing that suits them. I can't see any harm in trying some out on your runs to see what suits you. ok you can't replicate what your stomach will feel like after 20 miles, but I think some testing is better than none. If you only have water then you are likely to reach a point when your body has no fuel left and hit the dreaded wall.
03/04/2012 at 09:12
Thanks for all the advice re gels.  I'm going to run home from work tomorrow - about 14 miles - and try some Hi 5 gels.  I did my last 20 miles on Sunday, so 14 miles tomorrow will be the last longest run before London.  I've only used jelly babies before and really want to crack that sub 5 hour goal.  I'm thinking that if they really disagree with me I'll know by tomorrow night!  But I'll have to wait and see whether they make me feel  after mile 20 on marathon day. 
03/04/2012 at 10:00
Good luck with that LT Sally, hopefully if you don' t usually have problems with your stomach then you will be fine
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