I used SIS GO gels last time I ran a marathon 2 years ago and that seemed to be fine. 1 at 60 mins then at 30 min intervals. 4 in total for a 3 hour marathon. More than likely going to do the same thing and have had a couple of gels on my recent long runs.
My question is: how do people carry their gels?
I have an SIS "marathon belt" that I bought about 5 years ago and it's served me well. It has a pocket big enough for my phone and then little elasticated eyelet type things where I've carried gels in. For the first time in 5 years, a gel fell out on Saturday. I had a gilet on so I just picked it up and chucked it in my pocket and it was fine. To the point that I forgot it was there and forgot to take it at the planned time!! I'm now doubting whether the belt is the way to go this time. I'm not going to carry additional gels on the off chance that one falls out, nor am I going to stop to pick one up if it does fall out.
Nice XCing Phil and SC and that's a really tasty HM Matt!
Good long runs from SG and Bus as well.
Matt - on the stomach issue - not to be a scaremonger, but probably worth getting it checked out. Have you read the Ghost Runner (story of John Tarrant)? Absolutely phenomenal runner but often got marred with stomach issues when running. Turned out to be very serious...
Northern lad, tough as fuck, ran bucketloads of miles, etc.
Anyway - I'm sure it's just a dodgy stomach in your case, but I would go and get it checked out if I was you.
For me, the long run went definitely better than the previous week but the wind was an absolute nightmare. I actually got in the car and drove somewhere to get a flatter route for a change as the wife was away with the kids on Saturday. Planned a flat 6 miles along the coast. Plan was to run 6 warm-up, turn and run 20 mins @ 6:46-6:50, turn back and do 20 mins @ 6:30-6:36, then back again 20 mins @ 6:16-6:20, then 2ish cool down for total of 17 miles.
Headwind was pretty brutal on the way out - 6 miles @ 7:19 average, then 20 mins @ 6:48 average but with a tailwind. I turned just before the end of that 20 to test the water going back the other way (there was a natural little loop that avoided a stop and double back type thing) and the wind was a nightmare, but I decided I'd just plough through it and see what came out. Then the hail started and it was painful - really painful, so I bottled it and ran back the other way with a slightly different route than the way out, which was more sheltered rather than tailwind - that came out at 6:35. I wasn't really sure what to do for the last 20 mins because turning and running into the headwind did not seem at all appealing and I'd be a bit too far away from my car... I decided to just keep going and wing it. I then turned right at one point and the hill was bigger than I remembered...!! And there was snow everywhere. I thought if I turned right at the top of the hill, I'd get a downhill section and find my way back to where I'd run the second half of the previous 20, so it would even itself out in terms of incline/headwind/tailwind. I then turned too bloody early and got a bit lost! Running into a brutal headwind the entire time until I found myself back where I should have been but heading up the hill instead of down. The last few minutes were downhill but into the wind and I managed to pull the pace down to 6:51 for the final 20 mins! The last couple of miles were pretty slow above 8 pace somewhere. Total of 17 @ 7:09 average though. Not bad!
10 this morning with the middle 6 progressive. Supposed to be 6:31 then 7 secs quicker per mile with the 6th @ 5:56. First 3 came out on target, but 4 and 5 I was struggling with a bit of incline came out at 6:18 and 6:20 (should have been 6:10 and 6:03), then managed to push on for the last one at 6:02 (should have been 5:56). Total of 10 at average 7:03.
I think it's all going in the right direction again though