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I used to use the SiS gels and carried them in an armband but after an incident at Paris last year when the strap came undone when I was jostled in a crowd I went over to a small bum bag instead.
I've almost stopped using the gels now and gone over to Shotbloks which contain some electrolytes as well as carbs. Not too hard to chew on and I only use 2 packs plus a caffeine gel for a marathon rather than carrying 5 gels.
As I know what my stomach is happy with I don't actually use gels/Bloks on training runs due to the cost implications. I use jelly babies instead although I have some dates here that will need to be used up too!
Happy new years people, 2012....its the big one!
had a couple of runs around Pboro over Christmas mate, half expected to bump into you pounding the pavements!
Gels:ive tried loads of different mixes/types over the years, SIS are by far my favourite. I usually take 1 for every 30mins or so of racing, 4 plus plain water gets me through a marathon just about right. you can also buy the SIS gel belts to carry them around so the gels sit within easy reach on either side of your hips, a little trick ive learned is to carry the last 2 one in each hand to help keep your hands/arms nice and loose in the later stages when youve got the likelyhood of tensing up/loosing form. Oh, and waitrose currently have them at about £1.50 each buy 2 get 1 free, bargain!
ill be following your progress with interest mate!
Bo - I have a little Asics belt with a small pocket I use for short runs to hold front door key, tissues and iPod. For longer runs when I want to carry sweeties and maybe my phone I use the bum bag and carry a donut bottle. Once I need more water than that or in the summer months I use my Camelbak as options to refill a water bottle are few and far between.
Will be interesting to see how you get on with the gels - I gave up on them due to the messy/sticky factor and just carry a jelly baby for every mile now - I'm sad enough to get a kick out of rewarding myself for every mile! I gave one away last year in a hilly half I ran - to a guy who looked like he was having a rough patch and I didn't really struggle without it. Plus his appreciative smile made it worth it!
Remind me - how many calories are in a gel? If you're taking one every half hour that's 3-4 jelly babies in my world at roughly 60 - 80 calories (20 each) + sports drink. Hmmm maybe I should have 2 per mile - now there's a thought. Suppose that's when gels start to take up less space to carry! Still - they disappear the further you go.
Any nutrition advice - how many calories should you ideally be replacing (over and above using your body's reserves) as you go along?
Happy New Year to you and yours too
USB - interesting approach! I have no will power for sweeties so not sure I'd be able to wait that long!
mcs - I know what you mean - maybe I'll start taking out a mixture - a gel for emergencies and JBs as standard!
Just remembered snack size mars bars - had one at mile 20 and it was a nice change! Jelly babies always taste so much better when you need them most don't you think? (Even the red ones which I don't really like ordinarily!)
How are your legs today BoD - still feeling invincible? x
Hope all goes well with the little 'un. Fingers and toes crossed!
We'll be here when you get back...
p.s - I'm doing good thanks - have 2 cross countries in 6 days so taking it easy in between.
Hi Craig - Hope it all goes smoothly with your littlun.
Everyone - some thoughts on gels/carbs on the run!
Here's the science bit - you need between 30-60g of carbohydrate per hour during long runs/races. What does that equal in terms of sports drinks/gels?To work it out, you need to know the carb content of your chosen source - they vary quite widely. But in general, it's the equivalent of one to two 500ml bottles of Gatorade/Lucozade or 1.5 to 3 gels per hour or, for the JB fans, 6-12 jelly babies per hour! I recommend starting at the LOWER end of this range to avoid gastro distress, whether it's drinks or gels or food.
Calorie-wise, 30-60g of carbs is equal to 120-240 calories per hour - that's why it's easier to stick to things that don't contain other nutrients like chocolate (!) that give you calories without carbs. Electrolytes don't contain any calories (or negligible amounts, anyway)
Personally, I stick to sports drinks as they provide me with fluid, carbs and electrolytes in one hit and it also means I don't have to carry gels. That said, I am quite partial to the odd jelly baby
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That's good information Sam, thanks. You lost me a bit with your last statement, though. You say you prefer sports drinks to gels so that you don't have to carry gels, but how do you carry the drink? In a 4.5 hour marathon, I would have to carry up to 4.5 litres of sports drink? I think I must be misunderstanding something.
Hi Craig, hiope it goes well in hospital for your kid, fingers crossed for you all.
Hi Sam, hope you had a good Xmas break. Do you know what sports drink they hand out in Paris - and do they also hand out gels?
Hi Colin, yes thanks - now I'm over the dreaded bug! Hope you did too.
I believe Powerade is a sponsor so suspect the sports drink on offer will be that. And not sure about gels. Have tweeted this so will see what replies come back. Hope training has started off well.
Definitely Powerade in previous years. Also water and pieces of fruit which can make the surface dodgy round the feed stations.
There is also a patch towards the end where other French marathons promote themselves with items such as cider and wine
Hi Craig, hope you are doing okay despite wind, rain and hospitals? Where is your schedule is it on here anywhere? Sorry if I have missed it...........is it the RW 4.30 with adjustments? Just printed some off from this site and wanted to compare ready for when we start seriously at the end of January. At the moment on a Hal Higdon one but not much detail on that. My son in law wants one for the fridge!! My wife and daughters want one for their half marathon and guess who sorts it all, I need to get myself a training fee invoiced.
Re : nutrition in marathon- I felt that after about 16 miles, I couldn't face any more sickly sweet gels- best solution?- different types of things to eat- I use a combination of chocolate flavours ( there used to be chocolate gels, but can't find them now, so use FRIJJ milk), cola - clif shot blocks, and watered- down lucozade sport towards the end ( full strength lucozade sport is too much), when your guts seem to get too "tired" to manage anything very solid. I carry some NUUN or ZERO tablets for electrolyte replacments, and add these to the watered down lucozade sport- all this chemistry on the move also means you have to walk through the drinks stations, pouring stuf to/ from various bottles, which is a good walk break, and avoids the risks of breaking an ankle slipping on discarded drinks bottles.
Post long-run, the best recovery food in the world is FRIJJ chocolate milk!