I don't use gels for any run less than 18 miles. The body doesn't need them, just make sure you have eaten properly beforehand.
If you do want to use gels, check the directions on them. They are all different. I use SIS GO and they don't need water. Some don't need water, but are a bit minging so you might want to wash them down!
Golden rule though, if you do want to use gels, use them in training and make sure your body likes them before the race. Don't experiment with nutrition on race day!
Rich - Ouch! Keep it rested for a bit, don't push it til its ready. If you feel ready to run after 2 days, give it an extra 2 just to be sure!!
Well Wednesday is Tempo run day and I had a blinder. I thought it would be really touch and was really not looking forward to it, but I managed to hit the target zones reasonably comfortably. Feeling very pleased with myself I went to play pool (We play in a local league) and a few ciders later its safe to say I'm not feeling brilliant this morning! Thankfully its a rest day from running!!
Cheers Andy (Assuming thats you behind a new Moniker!) but you can definitely still make your original goal! whats 58 miles after all??
Had a blinding tempo run last night to take me to a new monthly mileage PB of 175! More than even my peak mileage when I was marathon training - not quite sure what to make of that! Just need to go out and smash the half I've been training for, hopefully with a good taper I can smash out a good PB!
Rest day for me today so heres my month end stat attack.
I don't think I can make it to 2014mi for the year, though I will definitely target 2015mi next year! I think I'll have 2014km wrapped up by the end of the first week of September though - just in time to taper
333 of course being the year Constantine I promoted his son Constans to the rank of Caesar. And I'm sure we all remember what a wonderful occasion that was!
Matty - what recovery did you have on those 1k intervals - I've got that session on Thursday and wasn't sure how long to give myself. I usually have 2 minutes off mile repeats so I was thinking a bit less than that?
I just did 2 minutes. It was the right amount for me, I was totally spent by the end of the 6th rep.
Conversely, I really struggled with the 4 x 1mi repeats I did a couple of weeks ago off of only 2 minute recoveries and was considering upping the recovery to 3mins for them!
Tim - Good news.
The only wildlife I tend to see are chavvy yeovilites with cans of special brew. Not quite the same thing!
15/10/5 minute tempo run tonight. Upping the ante somewhat, expecting it to be very tough but should be a good 5 degrees cooler than last weeks successful run.