Do any of you guys or gals use energy gels in training, and for which runs?
I generally find that for a GA run I don't need water or sugar for anything up to 2 hours (based on a fairly relaxed pace).
Beyond that I start to wane a bit. Certainly in the marathon itself, i'll be running for (hopefully just under) four hours, so will need something to fuel. I've picked up some SIS gels to try, but wondered if people generally use them only for specific long runs, or on every long run? And when you do take them, do you tend to take them from the start of the run, or only after an hour or so?
Turns out we're getting an earlier train than I thought tomorrow, so I won't have time to do my 13mile LR before we head off in the morning (i'd need to be up about 6:30 tomorrow to get it done before we need to leave the house, frankly that's not going to happen).
So instead I'm going to run home from work tonight. This means skipping the 4mi recovery run, and running a day after the 9mi run yesterday, but that was a fairly relaxed jog, and my legs feel fine now, so I don't think it should cause too much bother.
I did MK this year (2013). Mostly quite enjoyable, but I failed to hit my sub 4 target, partly due to the unexpected heat, partly because I paced it wrong. It's a little narrow in places, but not that bad. Certainly not so bad that you'll need to stop or slow significantly. The finish in the stadium is pretty cool.
A few parts of the route seem a bit random, through residential cul-de-sacs and there was a bit going through a park around half way, or a bit further, that was really busy with non-runners (because it was such a nice day and there were people enjoying the sun in the park) so it got a bit crowded there, but otherwise it was fine.
As iccle jim mentioned, pace it right because if you go off too fast those little bridges towards the end will seem like massive hills.
Did my 9mi at lunch along the regents canal. a bit blustery in places, but more gusty than windy. Pace was pretty metronomic, average 9:46, and every mile was 9:40-something. So on track with what VDOT and mcmillan calculators call my "easy" pace. Felt relaxed. Calves feel a bit stiff now, but otherwise fine.