I'll put my twopenneth in for what it's worth. I'm a v. slow runner and completed my first Marathon (VLM) last year. Before that I'd done several half marathons and lots of distances under that. I knew once I'd embarked on my Marathon plan I'd want to try the Gels I had previously never wanted to try (in a half I got by with a slug of Lucozade, some jelly babies/beans and of course water). I'd heard horror stories about having to take gels with water and if you don't get the right mix of water to gel than it can be a disaster. So I tried HI-5 IsoGels in the Berry flavour, these are great as you don't have to take them with water as they already contain some, though personally I find it helps to have a slug of water after just to get rid of the sweetness. I'm a lucky runner in the fact that most of the time I can eat/drink what I need on the run without it having a detrimental effect on me. During the VLM I was so terrified of hitting the wall I used a gel every 4-5 miles, plus had water/lucozade as and when I needed it. The most important part of training for a Marathon of course has to be putting in the miles in the weeks and months leading up to it, however I think there is a place for Sports Drinks/Gels/etc etc if you need them. I felt great during the VLM and can only attribute that to making sure I got myself nice and hydrated in the week leading up to the big day, eating sensibly before the race and resting up! All the nutrition goodies they were giving out at the Expo probably helped too
In your runs practise taking on drinks and anything else, and on race day don't eat/drink anything that you haven't had in training.
Well since my last post I decided to bite the bullet and apply to the Downs Syndrome Association for a charity place. I wasn't too hopefully as they'd had about 200 applications which they then whittle down to 100 to go into a draw for 25 places.
However I got an email to say I'm in!!! Am so chuffed, if a little bit nervous about training up for it again!
Well I didn't get in this year..and I guess I am disappointed. However my friend has got in to do her first Marathon so am dead chuffed for her. As I walked in today I was toying with the idea of applying for a charity place, but I don't want to commit unless I am absolutely certain I can raise the given amount... Hmm!
Everyone seems to want at least £1500. In a way I'd rather run for a charity that is less well known to raise it's profile and get it some money. Was thinking of doing it for the Down's Syndrome Association. I raised £2600 with my ballot place last year and that was without really being a hardcore pushy sponsorship fiend. Not sure if I could press people again next year as they already gave for my first marathon. Thoughts people?
Long time no chat, like others I thought I'd pop in to see who got in for next years VLM! I haven't been at my house for a few days but am going to check tonight. No doubt it'll be a reject mag, seeing as I got a ballot place last year!
I'm doing the Sunday Grim with my brother, looking forward to it. Not sure what to do shoe wise, don't think I can afford to buy a proper pair of Trail shoes so am going to wear a pair of trainers that are almost at the end of their life. Afterwards I can chuck them away instead of worrying about cleaning them.
Am such an idiot...I posted for the first time on here in ages, and then promptly forgot to look at the replies!
Squeakz - Sounds like I'm going to sign me and my brother up for the Grim then! Is it super hilly?
Miggito - Hi! Paris was awesome! I went 48 hours after doing the Marathon and ended up doing so much walking. I think it was the best thing I did booking a trip away as I kept my legs moving. I think we averaged walking 3-4 miles a day!
In other news I did my first race since London yesterday. I did the Llanelli 10K. Did it in 66 mins. No way near my PB but am happy with it. Was just good to be back doing a race. I think I'm going to do my local Cardiff Half in October. Anyone else thinking of it?