Just completed the Stroud half
Previous PB (2017) 1:31:48
im 43 years old
When I train I just fall out of bed and run. But for the race I tried to get everything perfect in the hope of going under 1:30
I was on track until 11 miles but know I started off way too fast (first mile 6:24)
However the last 5 miles were a terrible struggle as I wobbled home in 1:31:10 to various congratulations and a PB but ultimately disappointing
ive never felt so tired except for the last miles of a marathon
I know I went off too fast but I had 2 gels which made me feel sick throughout
I never train with gels
do they matter? Can I substitute a gel for not feeling ill throughout the race!
I understand to get under 1:30 I can’t cut corners but didn’t feel any benefit from the gels (although I appreciate I don’t know how id have done without them)
any tips for finally breaking the 1:30 greatfully received!