James, i have bought an SIS marathon belt that holds 8 gels and has a pocket at the front for keys etc, i'm not a fan of carrying anything when i run but due to a bad experience of not carrying enough gels at the manchester marathon then needs must! To be honest i haven't tried it yet but it doesn't seem too intrusive.
Can't decide if I should run this race or not, I picked up an injury just before the Manchester marathon (shin splints caused by tight calf muscles), I unconvincingly ran the marathon but more than likely made the issue worse. I kept my fitness up using the cross trainer at the gym, I also saw a sports therapist who massaged, showed me stretches etc and I got the all clear to recommence running 2 days ago. I have done one 5 mile and one 7 mile run pain free. I managed to get all my long runs in before Manchester but nothing since, I feel I could get maybe 3 in before edinburgh with hardly any taper. I know it's not ideal but am I been realistic in thinking I could make it? Good luck to all and thanks for any advice etc.
Malcs, this is fantastic, thanks for taking the time to post it I too am about 71kg so can use it without adjusting. To be honest the amount of food doesn't faze me, I eat quite a lot anyway. Not sure if I'm just greedy or I need to eat a lot to fuel my runs/workouts I'm always hungry . As a matter of interest how many gels do you use for a marathon and do you eat energy bars etc during a run? Thanks again.
Malcs, I'd really appreciate it if you would post up your diet plan. I 'hit the wall' at mile 22 at the Manchester marathon this year and it's a feeling I don't wish to experience again, I'm pretty sure it was down to my food intake/carb loading not been up to scratch, I only used 3 gels too which I don't think was enough. Thanks in advance.