Introducing First Timer Craig (aka BoDuke)
I didn't realise you were one of the Asics 6 now I understand what you ment about a public arena
BoD-well done on the strides..never sure how to do them myself!
Tenjiso - I take one SIS gel after an hour and then one every 40-45 mins ish. I was tkaing them every 30 as recommended but found this too much!
Well, managed 10 miles this morning, felt more like 20 and walked a bit during the last three miles. Can't believe I have evey run 26.2!
Hope you all have a good NYE
Happy new year everyone
I used to use the SiS gels and carried them in an armband but after an incident at Paris last year when the strap came undone when I was jostled in a crowd I went over to a small bum bag instead.
I've almost stopped using the gels now and gone over to Shotbloks which contain some electrolytes as well as carbs. Not too hard to chew on and I only use 2 packs plus a caffeine gel for a marathon rather than carrying 5 gels.
As I know what my stomach is happy with I don't actually use gels/Bloks on training runs due to the cost implications. I use jelly babies instead although I have some dates here that will need to be used up too!
Happy new years people, 2012....its the big one!
had a couple of runs around Pboro over Christmas mate, half expected to bump into you pounding the pavements!
Gels:ive tried loads of different mixes/types over the years, SIS are by far my favourite. I usually take 1 for every 30mins or so of racing, 4 plus plain water gets me through a marathon just about right. you can also buy the SIS gel belts to carry them around so the gels sit within easy reach on either side of your hips, a little trick ive learned is to carry the last 2 one in each hand to help keep your hands/arms nice and loose in the later stages when youve got the likelyhood of tensing up/loosing form. Oh, and waitrose currently have them at about £1.50 each buy 2 get 1 free, bargain!
ill be following your progress with interest mate!
Bo - I have a little Asics belt with a small pocket I use for short runs to hold front door key, tissues and iPod. For longer runs when I want to carry sweeties and maybe my phone I use the bum bag and carry a donut bottle. Once I need more water than that or in the summer months I use my Camelbak as options to refill a water bottle are few and far between.
Will be interesting to see how you get on with the gels - I gave up on them due to the messy/sticky factor and just carry a jelly baby for every mile now - I'm sad enough to get a kick out of rewarding myself for every mile! I gave one away last year in a hilly half I ran - to a guy who looked like he was having a rough patch and I didn't really struggle without it. Plus his appreciative smile made it worth it!
Remind me - how many calories are in a gel? If you're taking one every half hour that's 3-4 jelly babies in my world at roughly 60 - 80 calories (20 each) + sports drink. Hmmm maybe I should have 2 per mile - now there's a thought. Suppose that's when gels start to take up less space to carry! Still - they disappear the further you go.
Any nutrition advice - how many calories should you ideally be replacing (over and above using your body's reserves) as you go along?
Happy New Year to you and yours too
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