Introducing First Timer Craig (aka BoDuke)
USB - interesting approach! I have no will power for sweeties so not sure I'd be able to wait that long!
mcs - I know what you mean - maybe I'll start taking out a mixture - a gel for emergencies and JBs as standard!
Just remembered snack size mars bars - had one at mile 20 and it was a nice change! Jelly babies always taste so much better when you need them most don't you think? (Even the red ones which I don't really like ordinarily!)
How are your legs today BoD - still feeling invincible? x
Hope all goes well with the little 'un. Fingers and toes crossed!
We'll be here when you get back...
p.s - I'm doing good thanks - have 2 cross countries in 6 days so taking it easy in between.
Hi Craig - Hope it all goes smoothly with your littlun.
Everyone - some thoughts on gels/carbs on the run!
Here's the science bit - you need between 30-60g of carbohydrate per hour during long runs/races. What does that equal in terms of sports drinks/gels?To work it out, you need to know the carb content of your chosen source - they vary quite widely. But in general, it's the equivalent of one to two 500ml bottles of Gatorade/Lucozade or 1.5 to 3 gels per hour or, for the JB fans, 6-12 jelly babies per hour! I recommend starting at the LOWER end of this range to avoid gastro distress, whether it's drinks or gels or food.
Calorie-wise, 30-60g of carbs is equal to 120-240 calories per hour - that's why it's easier to stick to things that don't contain other nutrients like chocolate (!) that give you calories without carbs. Electrolytes don't contain any calories (or negligible amounts, anyway)
Personally, I stick to sports drinks as they provide me with fluid, carbs and electrolytes in one hit and it also means I don't have to carry gels. That said, I am quite partial to the odd jelly baby
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That's good information Sam, thanks. You lost me a bit with your last statement, though. You say you prefer sports drinks to gels so that you don't have to carry gels, but how do you carry the drink? In a 4.5 hour marathon, I would have to carry up to 4.5 litres of sports drink? I think I must be misunderstanding something.
Hi Craig, hiope it goes well in hospital for your kid, fingers crossed for you all.
Hi Sam, hope you had a good Xmas break. Do you know what sports drink they hand out in Paris - and do they also hand out gels?
Hi Colin, yes thanks - now I'm over the dreaded bug! Hope you did too.
I believe Powerade is a sponsor so suspect the sports drink on offer will be that. And not sure about gels. Have tweeted this so will see what replies come back. Hope training has started off well.
Definitely Powerade in previous years. Also water and pieces of fruit which can make the surface dodgy round the feed stations.
There is also a patch towards the end where other French marathons promote themselves with items such as cider and wine
Hi Craig, hope you are doing okay despite wind, rain and hospitals? Where is your schedule is it on here anywhere? Sorry if I have missed it...........is it the RW 4.30 with adjustments? Just printed some off from this site and wanted to compare ready for when we start seriously at the end of January. At the moment on a Hal Higdon one but not much detail on that. My son in law wants one for the fridge!! My wife and daughters want one for their half marathon and guess who sorts it all, I need to get myself a training fee invoiced.
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