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After some advice from experienced racers really. I've been running for a good while as training for another sport, but have only ever done a few 10k races and the odd half-marathon due to time constraints as much as anything. However, I've entered my first marathon in a few weeks time, and my naivety of not really racing much in the past has led to a couple of questions.
Training is going good but I'm finding for anything over say 13 miles I HAVE to use energy drinks and gels. I made myself a bit poorly a while back when I used just water so lesson learnt....Anyway having only done halfs as a maximum before I relied solely on water at the feed stations and that was fine. My question now though, is if you want to use energy drinks what's the process for getting them to the drinks stations, and how do you find your bottle amongst all the others? Or is the best thing just to carry it with you, say in a CamelBak or whatever?
Sorry as this probably seems a really stupid question, but I'm genuinely not sure how to go about this and I really don't think I'll finish if I don't take on energy drinks and gels. So any advice on what people do will be GREATLY received.