muddy - good question, i forgot to mention the fuelling ...
I'm not sure that i've ever felt any benefit in taking gels, certainly not the boost that some speak of. In the past i've used SIS ones but because of the stomach issues i had at Brighton, I decided to give the more watery High 5 Isogels a go so stuck 2 in my pocket.
Took one at mile 10 but can't say it did much and then forgot about the other one until mile 19. Maybe my brain was telling me at that point i needed something but it was too late by then and i felt ok without so didn't bother. So, none the wiser really.
I did also shove a ZERO tab in my pocket ( again because of the cramp issues i had after Lydd Half last year and then at Brighton ) and took that in a bottle of water. No cramping at all so i may use them for future Marathons.
Well it is about 12 miles to golf which I start at about 7:20am so one of the options is getting up at 5:30 and running to golf having dropped all my clothes, clubs etc at a mates the day before.
madbee - hope you get sorted
We were discussing a possible newcomer to our club at our run last night. He's actually the chap who i caught and overtook for 3rd place at the Thanet 10 in December. You may recall me saying in my race report at the time how excited i was taht i almost wet myself.
Anyway. apparently he's mid 30's and started running in March. He trains Mon-Fri consisting of 5 runs of 15-15-15-15-15 !!!! He recently did a 2:52 Marathon and followed it up shortly after with a 2:58. I spoke to him on Sunday after the race ( without knowing who he was at the time ) and he was complaing about having knee pains .... He raced Sunday and is doing another 20M race this weekend.