This year I’m training for my second marathon and the husband is training for his first one. I got into the habit of taking gels with me on longer runs last year, but when I went to the cupboard this year it was pretty much bare. Apart from one gel that expired in March this year, but I had it anyway. I’m not dead yet.
Last year I used SiS Go Gels which were pretty good. They weren’t the gels given out on the York Marathon route so I set off with 5 of them tucked in my belt like the world’s worst cowboy.
The husband also needs to start thinking about nutrition as he’s starting to flag on the longer runs, he doesn’t even take water normally let alone any food or gels.
I went to the site we normally use and found the High5 Race Pack. What a great idea. It’s cheap and has a stack of different gels, tablets and shakes to try. There are different flavours, some have caffeine some don’t…perfect if you’re new to fuel on the go and need to try things out.
I’ve tried the tablets to add to water and they’re great. They’re zero calorie so I’m not entirely sure what they’re made of but they add a bit of salt and flavour which seems to help convince my body it’s not about to keel over.
I’ve tried one of the caffeinated gels but I’m not so sure about that, it gave me a massive headache while running. Maybe I’ll try one more and see before I decide I definitely don’t like them.
My fuel strategy for this year will be similar to last year I think, some gels and some flapjack for on the route as well. I might add some of the water tablets and some caffeine but I’ll see how they perform in training. I definitely don’t want anything new to upset my stomach on the day!
Training this week – not bad. I’m up to half marathon distance now and have a 17 miler planned in for this weekend. Happy running!