Have tried various gels, also the Cliff Block shots twice, they do taste great but unfortunately same result.
Only had one or max two gels each time but just don't seem to handle them. Basically I think my stomach is just incredibly sensitive to stuff taken on during exercise, which is unusual for me compared to eating in normal conditions!
Hopefully my stomach'll handle taking stuff (eg. bars) it's more used to with sime nutritional value; I think the gels etc have an awful lot of crap in them that it doesn't like.
Thanks HH. Had been thinking of trying a 20 miler with only water just to make sure it is the gels etc that's the problem - will give it a go. Have done lots of eg. 15 milers with no supplements and not had the same problem.
V4D - are the bars ok to digest for you? Do they not take ages to have any effect?
Wondering if anyone can help? Been doing a fair few long runs, 19/20 miles plus, no real problems at all with energy, stamina, legs or feet, etc, but towards the end of the run and particularly afterwards I seem to get bad indigestion / heartburn and feel really sick and can barely eat or drink anything for a while, even though at heart I am ravenous! I never ever suffer from indigestion in life generally. Am taking on enough water on the runs, especially as in this weather not that much is needed compared to in warmer conditions. The only thing I can think of that may be causing the indigestion is that I've taken either gels or carbo supplement powdered water (though not much in terms of quantity) along with water. Perhaps my stomach is reacting badly with the (admitedly small volume) of energy gel/liquid and giving me indigestion? Normally I don't eat or drink artificial stuff like this except when running long runs. Any help/advice much appreciated!
What I've never quite understood, is how you can go from max 20-22 mile runs at 'marathon pace' plus 45 secs to 1 min per mile, to doing 26 miles at a significantly faster pace, having never experienced this in training? Of course, the atmosphere on the day will push you further, etc, but should you not attempt a 'mock' marathon performance at least once beforehand, even if it takes a fair bit out of you and requires a week or 10 days of rest/light training?
This sounds to be it's very likely a problem with the ilio-tibial band of your left knee.
I had never heard of this of experienced any similar problem, then when training for half-marathon last year I did a 'mock' run of the exact distance a week before the race, and my right knee had the same sharp pain as you on the side of the knee; I could barely walk afterwards. I managed the race absolutely fine with no pain a week later, but immediately upon finishing the knee tightened up and was even more painful than previously. I rested the knee for a good few weeks and it was fine to run after that time. I sometimes get a very dull pain after a run but it's nowhere near the same extent and it goes away quite soon.
Having read up quite a bit about it and seen one or two physios, I've had it confirmed that a tight ilio-tibial band is the problem. What brought it on was a sudden increase in the distance i was running and a gait deficiency (due to an over-pronation I was already aware of). My advice would be to rest it at least three weeks, and see a physio for exercises you can do to loosen your ilio-tibial band before and after your runs. There's one particular stretch which is really easy to do, not time-consuming, and definitely helps to loosen up the knee.
The pain will definitelt subside after a while so fear not.