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Yes, lots to take on there, Gul.
I use a flipbelt for marathons and longer training runs. I like to practice in-race nutrition during my longer and bigger training sessions so that it is all OK on race day. The flipbelt is expensive for what it is i.e a band of lycra, but I can get 8 gels in it (i've not tried more but there would be room) and you don't notice it when on and there is none of the hassle and issues that come with an actual belt. I highly recommend them.
Started the week off with 4 at recovery first thing. Targeting circa 50 miles this week with some mile reps planned tomorrow and then a decent tempo later in the week. Off to Cardiff all day Saturday with the local rugby club for the wales v SA game. Will be a messy day so sundays 13 will be fun!
Huge congratulations Gul on the pb on what sounds like a not ideal course. 9 laps would be hard mentally, especially towards the end! FWIW I think dehydration would definitely play a factor towards the end, even on a cool November day. We all sweat differently but I find even in cool weather I get quite a sweat on at marathon effort and faster. I drank at every water station at Abingdon plus took salt tablets and electrolyte gels which I'm sure helped towards my result
Regarding carrying gels I have an armband that carrys four gels which I used for London. I don't use it anymore so you would be more then welcome to have it if you wanted to give it a try
A 10 minute PB shouldn't be sniffed at though, you should be proud!