Towards the end of a Half or Full marathon I tend to completely tank (especially in the Full marathon) as i get to a point in a race where i can't keep any carbs down ... i usually manage 2-3 gel shots but then can't stomach any more. I've done cross-country ultra-marathons when i'm doing more walking/jogging i can eat protein (especially boiled eggs!) and that works but obviously can't do that on the run. Are there any protein shots available or something you'd suggest to get me to the end?
oh i'm so excited now ... as long as the shin splints hold out ... and i'm also taking all my breakie with me to have Sunday morning (we're staying in the 5th arrondisement so it's a bit of a trek to the start). Re gels, in the past after about 3 hours i have trouble keeping anything down but i'm wondering if it's because I'm not drinking enough (because i have trouble keeping water down as well). How much water do people drink before taking a gel?
Dont worry Sher, I have done no hill training and have just come back to training after a few weeks out to get over shin splints ... i shall be behind you. But question to anyone who's done it .. what is the surface of the course like? I'm trying to avoid reflaring shin splints before the Paris marathon on April 15th.
Thanks folks, tha's very helpful. I've got the cold pack out. It's not hurting too bad. Just a dull ache. I'm thinking it's the pronation. And I'm also thinking i'll take the next week off training and just cycle or swim gently. Does taking a week out set you back very much? (15th April is the Paris run). This is my fifth marathon and i've never had shin splints before.