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Marathon Fuelling

Friday, May 16, 2014

Several have asked about fuelling during the marathon:

Let me first - I try to drink at least 8 8 ounce glasses of water a day ANYWAYS...but for the last 2 weeks before the marathon I added water to that so more like 10 or 11 x 8 ounces a day.....I know ugh!

Also I am not a vegetarian but I did not eat any red meat during the last week before the marathon.

On the morning of the marathon - oatmeal with raisins coffee and lots of water 3 x 8 ounces

one GU

This marathon had a lot of food offerings but I stuck with what I knew would not upset my stomach and could eat on the run.

I managed to lose a GU somewhere so I had one around mile 13.

I had a couple of b12 chewies along the way and little else other than lots of water and I had orange gatorade in my fuel belt...I drank a little at EVERY water stop and a little in between although I never actually stopped at any of the stops except for the one time and it was not a good idea ...I had to keep moving or my calves were going to cramp up and my left knee felt like there was a knife stuck in it when I stopped.
One stop had mandarin orange sections and I ate a couple of them and one had slices of banana and I had a couple of those.
Jelly beans - ate one and gave the rest back - it immediately go stuck in my teeth
mini cookies - nope too dry
pretzels - nope same reason

This was unusual for me I do not usually use GU or gatorade....I generally stick with water and Raisins or Dates

I will fess up that I do like peanut m&ms and the m&m pretzels are pretty tasty as well.

IF I do run another marathon though - I think I will carry gatorade again.

Anyone else got some good ideas to share?
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    You might try fig newtons. Test them out on a long run and see how they agree with you. They've got a lot of nutrients you need, potassium and salt, too. They are kind of messy and crumbly, but I still use them. Plus GUs with caffeine towards the end of the marathon work well for me.
    1238 days ago
    I am speaking only from HM experience. I have tried food on the run, and it does not work for me. Chomps are good, but sticky. GU works for me if I am near a water station and take water.

    For liquids before an event, I mix a tablespoon or two of CHIA seeds in vitawater zero the night before, and drink it the morning of, starting one hour before start time. The chia seeds absorb the liquid and holds the liquid for a slow release as I run. I have now turned to using Huma Chia Energy Gel, after trying 2 samples from the last expo I was at. I tried them this last race (after trying the 2 in a LSR), and they really gave me the sustained energy I needed. I took gatorade once, but it was too sweet. I prefer water and take a little at every station.

    Good advice you posted!

    1247 days ago
  • GENRE009
    I hate Gatoraid! I think that sportsall you can't taste the potassioum as bad. I used to do a lot of bike racing in leisure. I would trail run test it out first, because I don't know if it has a lot of salt, and that will slow you down. I would never eat any candy, or pretzels cause they eventually cause you to crash in blood sugar. I would take a bagel, and eat 1/2 at a time- gives you two hours of fuel, fig cookies -those have a lot of iron, blue berries if you can-two hours of energy. Some of the athletes have ideas on how they eat, but be careful cause I don't know about pasta. I know my body can't process it, & I don't know how good it is as fuel? I do know that nuts give you fuel, so pack some pistachios-cause they're lower in fat-about 1 oz. eva
    1249 days ago
    Thanks for the insights!

    No red meat? As long as you're getting enough and the right kind of protein through other sources, no problem.

    Can't believe how much you drink. Coffee + 24ozs of water in the morning?! Plus oatmeal? I'd be making potty stops several times in the race if I drank that much. Everything else you mention makes sense. And my experience with jelly beans is exactly what you describe. On the other hand, I'd grab a cookie. Yes, it's dry but good excuse for more liquid :-)
    1250 days ago
  • LEWILL1982
    Thanks for sharing. I don't do too much Gatorade either, but in the summer, I will do some propel zero or coconut water to watch out for my electrolytes. I do the Stingers brand chews and gu's. They are organic and all natural and their gu's don't feel as thick going down, so I think they are easier to digest and I don't get that thick feeling in the back of my throat. I've been thinking about whether I would take food with me for mine, but I'm not sure how I'd carry it. So, you recommend getting a fuel belt? I don't have one, but think it might be a necessary investment. Not sure if I'd prefer fuel belt or camel pack, but with fuel belt, I could have one each of water and coconut water or something like that. I usually eat an almond butter and sugar free jelly English muffin sandwich before a long run, that seems to work well enough, but I haven't run over 13 miles yet, so we will see. Did you not use a gu until mile 13? I've been trying to figure that out too. Thinking about every 6 miles seems to be ideal, maybe that's too much...
    1250 days ago
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