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I've entered my frist marathon in May and have found that when I run more than say 1 hour 45 minutes I really need to take on more calories, so have started experimenting with Energy Gels. My question relates to how many/how often people generally take them on board. I did a long run today (2 hours 30 mins) and I had a gel at about 1 hour 35 mins, and then another about 2 hours 5 mins. That seemed to work fine for me, so my plan for the marathon itself was to take on 5 gels, at 30 minute intervals from 1 hour 30 mins til 3 hours 30 mins (my target time is circa 3:45 for the race). Does this seem about right for what other people do, or does it seem way off?
Sorry for the question but I'm in unknown territory here - I've only ever done halfs before and I was fine with just water for those, but that won't get me round a full so need some advice from people in the know.