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So I'm thinking about doing my first marathon this year and while I'm not at the point yet in my training where I need to take on fuel during my runs, at some stage I will. I know a lot of people use gels and energy drinks, and I bought some Clifs Shot Bloks a while back for a half marathon I was supposed to do, but never got around to trying as I didn't do the race. I think these will be out of date on the 1st of May as well and my marathon isn't until October, although I can't seem to see if the date is best before or use by.
Anyway, I was wondering if it's possible to do a marathon without taking on gels and sports drinks and instead taking, I guess "normal" food and drink? I was thinking that back in the day, they probably didn't have energy gels and drinks and probably took on "normal" stuff.
Like in my head I was thinking "Why take a gel, just take some jelly babies or something instead?" Or "drink some flat coke or fanta rather than an energy drink?"
Anyway as you can probably tell I don't have much of an idea about race drinks and nutrition. I was just thinking of being able to take something that is easy on the stomach and won't have my shorts around my ankles every 10 minutes begging for forgiveness.