What to eat/drink on long runs and during a marathon help

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31/01/2014 at 14:13


I am running the London marathon this year (my 1st marathon) and would like some advice about what to eat/drink during long runs and on the day. I have tried drinking Lucozade Sport on my last long run (12 miles) with but it upset my stomach so think I'll stay away from it.

I haven't tried any gels yet, do you have any suggestions that you use and where do you get them from? Also how often do you eat them? Could I survive the marathon with just water and gels?

Thanks if you are able to assist!

cougie    pirate
31/01/2014 at 16:19
Yep water and gels is doable - i do it every year.

I like High 5 gels. I take one every 5 miles where there's a water station.

You need to practice with them on your long runs as you've found.


I wear one of their gel belts and take 6 or 7 with me in case I drop a gel. I'm not going back !
31/01/2014 at 20:14
Thanks Cougie, I'll get some High 5 gels and give them a go.

Thank you
31/01/2014 at 22:28

I just buy the non caffeine ones from tesco, currently on offer.

31/01/2014 at 22:33
Yes, it's worth trying a couple of different brands as some are more palletable than others.
31/01/2014 at 22:53

hunt out the Isogels i'ma fan of the high5 ones, the isogels are more water based so look a bit larger but are a lot easier to divert and you don't need to have water with them. 

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