I did my first race since starting this thread- snowdonia marathon so a bit harder and out there a bit longer than a flat marathon.
Carried two gels , didn't help one bit actually will have made me slower, mainly because I didn't use them so carried extra weight all the way round!! 120g must have added 10 minutes to my time!! ????
Fuelled the race on 4 pieces of shot block, washed down with a mouthful of water from the aid stations. Felt strong at the end so will take this strategy into next marathon. (Without carrying the gels)
Great race in what I would guess was as close to perfect running weather you get in snowdonia!
held back a bit over the first 13 miles, was quite worried about overdoing it. I felt quite strong at the end- thinking did I hold back too much?? But maybe if I had gone any quicker at the start I could have really suffered on the last up/down. It was nice to enjoy the whole race!!
3:19 with splist of 1:36 and 1:43 pleased with that- hard but very enjoyable race
Raising the subject of fueling / hydration again- In the email from the race organizers yesterday it said electrolyte drinks after 13 miles which is great and I will probably now change my plan which was to run in my saloman back pack and carry my own fluid.
Are the cups with foil lids the kind of thing you get coffee to go in? ie can you grab them and drink while running- I am not planning on much fluid (less than 500ml for the whole race) and then only really to wash down a couple of gels.
I much prefer to get fluid from water stations but find stopping to drink it really puts me out of my stride hence why I was thinking of carrying my own.