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Hi all - first post here. I'm running the London Marathon for the first time this spring, going for sub 3:30, fingers crossed
I was planning on taking my own gels in order to keep my body properly fuelled throughout the marathon to avoid hitting the wall, however after finding out about the multiple energy drink and gel stations along the way, I'm wondering if there's any need? Heres my reasoning:
There'll be Lucozade Sport stations on miles 5, 10, 15, 19 and 23, as well as two energy gel stations at miles 14 and 21.5.
From the research I've done, the body can't absorb more than around 1g of carb per minute; if you consume carbs drastically over that amount then you could experience stomach cramps etc.
Given that the 380ml bottles they'll be handing out contain 24g of carbs, and the gels contain 30g, from my calculations if you're running at anywhere under 8 minute miles then the provided fuel at each station should be sufficient, and your body will just be about finished absorbing the previous load of carbs at the point at which you hit the next fuel station.
Because of this, my current thinking is just to take a couple of gels (one for pre-race, one for back-up), and ensure that I take in all the fuel at each energy station.
Is this sensible or foolish? I'd appreciate any input here especially from experienced racers who may be able to call BS on my assumptions!
(on a side note, obviously I'm posing this question with the assumption that one is happy consuming solely Lucozade Sport and Sport Elite gels)