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Hydration pack for my 1st marathon?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 00:51

I used a 1.5 litre camelpack. I heard that wasn't enough for marathon distance so I expected to pick up some drinks on the way. As it was, since I was scoffing jelly babies on the way, the mix I had in the hydration pack seemed too sweet so I tended to drink more water from drinks stations and I still have a half full pack by the finish.

I used the same pack on a 10k, wouldn't race without it. Much prefer it to drinks stations just have to get the right mix for conditions and distance.

Saucony Virrata, the zero drop Kinvara

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 20:37

Suprised there is no mention of these bad boys on the site yet. They're basically zero drop Kinvara 3s - Kinvaras have always been 4mm drop. I've used Kinvara 2s for the past year and before that Mirage 1s; before that regular shoes and sore knees


Looking to get a pair of Vittaras next week, rather than Hattori LC, since the Kinvara formula worked, so I won't shake the boat.


(I might try the Hattori though for an Olympic Tri in a couple of months...)


Any thoughts or experience? I think they look great. I'm pretty sure having run in 4mm for 18 months the break in should be pretty easy, just some moderate calf/achilles pain I'm hoping for a week or two.



Surrey Tempest 10M

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 20:29

Since you're training for Hastings, I recc'd the infamous Queensway hill at the start. If you can program a treadmill, then this will give you a flavour of the first 10k, after which its pretty much all flat or down hill.

km, average % gradient

0.9, 1.5

1.0, 0.0

0.3, 8.0

2.5, 0.0

3.6, 3.5 -- Queensway!!!

1.7, 0.0

Then another 11.1km of flat and downhill.



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Saucony Virrata, the zero drop Kinvara

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