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Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 10:09

Raising the subject of fueling / hydration again- In the email from the race organizers yesterday it said electrolyte drinks after 13 miles which is great and I will probably now change my plan which was to run in my saloman back pack and carry my own fluid.

Are the cups with foil lids the kind of thing you get coffee to go in? ie can you grab them and drink while running- I am not planning on much fluid (less than 500ml for the whole race) and then only really to wash down a couple of gels.

I much prefer to get fluid from water stations but find stopping to drink it really puts me out of my stride hence why I was thinking of carrying my own.

Marathon fuelling / hydration

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 22:31

No Alex but will try not sure how many I would need to get the amount of carbs in a gel. 

I have tried naked bars and found them easier to stomach than gels

Marathon fuelling / hydration

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 21:34

Yes Cougie it is Snowdon. 

think I am getting worked up about the fuelling side of it to take my mind off the pacing of which I don't have a clue. 

Have done White peak marathon a few times with massive down hills at the end but that's without the ups

Marathon fuelling / hydration

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 20:33
That will likely be my plan JL2 a few gels and beans and take 500ml of fluid which I will plan on using up by mile 20- then hope I have had enough for the last 10k which includes a rather steep hill !!

Marathon fuelling / hydration

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 20:30
Will look at trying some of those spitfire- hope they are as nice as the GU cheesecake!!

Marathon fuelling / hydration

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 09:02
Just to check what you think on the fluid side of thing, if I am only taking 3 or 4 gels I can carry them in my pockets so don't need belt or pack for them.

If I only take 500ml of electrolyte fluid I could carry that in my saloman soft bottle again doing away the need for drinks stations which I think are only cups and water.

Could you keep on top performance with 500ml, it will be cold and more than likely a wet day.

Marathon fuelling / hydration

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 08:51
Thanks chaps - good advice rob appreciate it, the 3 gels bit is great I just tried high five gels and they say on the packet take every 20 minutes!

My training runs are up to 22 miles, mostly around the 20 mile mark and on these I am not at full effort, and obviously short of marathon distance so I don't need gels ect. I do try out the odd as a test for race day but must take the given advice and try more.

Millsy the 20 mile @ MP was actually a race so not sure my MP would be much less than that, this coming marathon will be slower as it has close to 3000 foot of climb so will be out there a bit longer.

Off to get cliff blocks and jelly beans to try on a taper run

Marathon fuelling / hydration

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 22:43

I always feel sick / get a upset stomach after a couple of gels- hate the taste and texture, the sticky hands and what the hell do you do with the empty sticky packet?? Apart from that they are great!!

i have tried high 5, sis, necture and numerous others all seem to give me the same problems. 

May try more solid food chai bars seem to suit me better but they are large and heavy. 

Marathon fuelling / hydration

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 18:34

Just wondering what others on here do.

I have my next marathon in a couple of weeks and thinking about reducing the amount of fluid / gels I use.

A few weeks ago I did a 20 mile race finished feeling strong and ran it at MP, it was a warmish day- I didn't drink or eat anything during the race-recovery from the race was ok (70 miles the following week)

I don't think I am brave enough to try a marathon without fluid/gels but maybe reduce to 500ml electrolyte (sis) drink and a couple of gels?

Anyone ran a marathon with less? I looking at around the 3 hr mark so will not be out there for ages (i hope)

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 20:13

So thats last long run done - did a progressive 20 miles starting and 8:10 mm and building to 6:55 for the 17th mile, then 2 miles at 7:35ish wanted the last 2 miles at 7:15 but a mixture of getting my dog back on the lead, complicated (for my tired brain) gate systems, and holding back for the last mile which has 400 foot climb meant I could not get close to 7:15. The last miles was a bit of a test for the hills at 23 miles in snod- managed to hold 9 mm but that was after 19 miles not 23 and was only for 1 mile not 2!!

Never felt comfortable on todays,run spent most of the time mentally changing my snod plans from 3:15 to enjoyment!! we will see! Hoping for some taper magic!!

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