I swore I wouldn't do gels after trying the cliff bloks last year and ruining a race. So, have stuck with the faithful jelly babies and small amounts of energy drink. But friends take the zipvit gels with caffeine at mile 20 and get a pretty good hit for the last 6 miles.
I'm panicking about the last 6 miles...I just go to pieces at around 23-24m and end up having a little walk before I pull myself together for the final miles. I've really worked hard on pacing myself in training, starting slowly and finishing faster.
But even with having a much better pacing strategy in my head, I have this nagging doubt.
What would give me the same buzz as a gel with caffeine?