On the gel front, I never consider having the first one until about mile 10. Should I be taking it earlier to reap the benefits? And are the caffeine ones any better at refueling the system than the normal ones? Confused.com!
I was thinking the same regarding the standard of runners on here - it really is incredibly high. So many sub three-ers... the stuff of dreams.
Still, if we do have a meet up afterwards there's no chance of me getting there first to buy the first round!
I gave the no gels experiment a go on Sunday during a wet and windy 21 mile run.
It was a different course to normal as I avoided the country lanes due to all the flooding. The last half of the run was considerably hilly, mostly up, and the rain was lashing down.
I went from coasting at around 16-17 miles to totally exhausted at 20-21. I don't know if that had any relation to not taking gels and burning fat etc. The last mile was hell and my pace slowed right down. It was worth trying though but I think I will revert back to gels when I do my final two 22s.
I actually feasted on an unplanned picnic during the last three miles at Portsmouth just before Christmas.
I went off far too fast in really strength-sapping conditions and ran totally out of gas by mile 23.
I started fumbling about in my pockets to find some fodder to cheer me up. I had a bag of jelly babies in a food bag in one pocket and a few pretzels in the other.
Might go for the tapas option in Barcelona!
As for gels I normally take three during a marathon and a couple during a long training run. Maybe I might take Wenty's advice and try to run without them this weekend, as I know my system can handle them.
Twenty miler from me as well. After the big debate about pacing last week, I set out with one thought on my mind ... to do a negative split.
What I didn't plan was that the second half of the route I had chosen was much hillier than the first. Talk about Baldrick and his cunning plans. What a plank.
Ran 8.56 for the first ten and 8.58 for the second ten. FAILED ... but finished quite comfortable. Still hoping to break 3 50 on the big day. Don't think having three pints on Saturday helped much. Cutting out alcohol now for a few weeks.
In the three three half marathons I competed in last year, I tended to sweep past hordes of runners in the last three miles feeling great and running a bit under 8 minute miles which I think is ok for an old grey haired boy like me.
But I've not been able to finish a marathon with the same energy even though I make sure my five long training runs total 100 miles.
My splits in my first marathon last May were about 1 53 and 1 59 which I thought was acceptable - but I finished very tired. And then in Chester my splits were 1 53 and 2 05. I finished in almost a stagger.
I tend to try and bank a fair few minutes all the way up to 20 miles. I know it's really wrong but it's about having the confidence not do it.