I'm training for a half marathon at the beginning of october and so far have just been running drinking water as i go but i've noticed that when running my long runs of about 11 miles shortly after i'm getting really bad headaches. I thought this could be down to perhaps that i'm letting my sugar levels get too low or something but i'm not sure. Has anyone else experienced this? or have any advice about how i should be supplementing my running with gels or something on long runs as i'm not sure when i should be starting to use these type of products in my training.
Going on for two hours. I never have music on too loud so i can hear traffic and things.
Anna - check you haven't tied your hair up too tight. It's a good idea to practice race day nutrition in advance, so no harm in trying a few things in training to see what works or doesn't. I used to take two gels (5 miles and 9 miles) in a half marathon. These days I eat jelly babies instead - racing and in training, approx 2 jelly babies per mile but usually in big greedy handfuls around 3,6 and 9 miles.
You might also be too tense - try to relax your arms and hands, also shoulders, neck and face muscles during the run.
Good luck with your half marathon.
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