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10/9/07 2:44 P

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Denise - good to see you survived the Chicago. Perhaps they'll be better prepared next year and everyone can participate and finish without incident. It was so very sad to hear what happened this year. You can bet that every marathon race director in the country will take The Chicago as a lesson learned!

Big hugs!

Alysia :)

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10/9/07 1:27 P

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Thank you so much for the feedback, I'm going to bookmark this link on my blog!

"Take pride in how far you have come, have faith in how far you can go."
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10/9/07 1:15 P

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Like everyone else says, listen to your body. You'll have to find what works best for you.

If you get drinks in powder form, you save a lot of money. $20 for a large can might get you through a season. However, don't buy a large can until you've tested it! Both flavor and how your stomach takes it is important.

Here's what I like to drink: full dose of Cytomax mixed with a full dose of Gu2O. The nice thing about powders is that you can mix in whatever proportion you like. I like to recommend Cytomax to runners in my group as a starting point. It seems to have a good combination of sugar and electrolytes.

Make sure you don't confuse recovery drinks with drinks to take during your run. Recovery drinks tend to have protein to help heal muscles and energy drinks have sugars to give your muscles fuel. You need fuel for long runs.

I didn't used to bother bother with breakfast unless running 10+ miles. I've not gotten in the habit of having a half peanut butter and jelly sandwich before long runs -- at least half an hour and preferably 1 hour before.

I drink water most times when running. When my runs get to 10-12 miles I start using a sports drink instead.

I don't eat anything during runs unless I'm doing at least 13-15 or so miles. I use Gu. It took me a few years to grow accustomed to it. I used to eat mini Snickers (my wife still uses them). I can't take Cliff blocks and don't like the taste of Cliff Shots. Gummy bears and sports beans taste good, but I never took them as my only food since Gu works so well for me. I eat one a 6, 12, 18, and 22.

I wouldn't recommend waiting until a long run before trying out a new food or drink. You don't want to be running to every bathroom on the way back from a 12 mile run.

As for drinking before your run, if you're hydrating like SparkPeople wants you to, you're doing well. Drinking a little before a morning run is good. If you are able to, drink more than an hour before the run. If you drink a lot within an hour of your run, your body will start processing it before you're sweating it out. Not fun running with a full bladder.

This advice is personal. I know a runner who eats only a light breakfast before a marathon and doesn't eat anything during it. He only starts his fueling process when he runs 50 miles or more. Different strokes.

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10/9/07 12:01 P

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Every person is different and you will need to probably experiment a bit until you find the combination that works best for you. Before my long runs I have a half a whole wheat english muffin with a little peanut butter and a half of banana. I also drink gluekos on my way in to the long run. It is a 45 minute drive to our long run practice. Gluekos is all natural and you can get it in powder form or already mixed. I find it on sale and stock up. During the long runs I have found my favorite items to have with me are shot bloks by Clif and Hammer Gel. I found things like Gatorade/Powerade made me feel rather strung out. It is important to stay fueled during the long runs. I started using the supplements when we hit the 7 mile mark in our long runs.

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Good question..I wish I would have asked this one before my first half.

If I don't have time to eat before, I do take a gel (and some electrolyte tablets if it is hot and/or humit). I tried different brands of gels, sports bars, gatorade but they all gave me intestinal distress. Other SP marathoners recommended Hammer Nutrition products and they really work for me and are all natural (you can order them online at hammernutrition.com - they have some great articles on their site). I carry water on my long runs along with a gel and/or their Perpeteum product (made into a paste). I try to take one of those every 45 minutes to an hour along with my electrolyte tablets. The electolyte tablets are instead of gatorade, which my system can't handle either. I really think those products saved me at the Chicago marathon on Sunday..I never felt the effects of the heat (I did take it easy). I know a lot of people like the Sport Beans and a product called Sharkies, but I haven't tried either.
Good luck..my biggest challenge in training for the marathon was fueling without stomach distress, especially after I got to over 2.5 hours of running. I also use a recovery drink after my long runs (Endurox or Accelerade).

Edited by: BFITNHAPPY at: 10/9/2007 (12:06)
~ Denise ~

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Marathons in IL, OH, MI, WI, IN and TX 44 states to go

2011 goal - 1500 miles (2010 actual was 1300)

UPCOMING RACES:
2/13/11 - Frosty 5 Miler - 46:53 (9:23 pace) - PR!
3/20/11 - March Madness - 2:10:59
5/11 - Half (goal 2:05)
Fall marathon (goal 4:30)

PERSONAL RECORDS (50-54 age group):
5K (5/22/10) - 28:15
10K (9/8/07) - 59:46
Half Marathon (3/16/08) - 2:09:44


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10/9/07 3:52 A

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Everyone's different, but 6 miles seems to be when most people I know, and I, start adding gels/GU, sport blocks and sports jelly bellies to our re-fueling routines. You have to listen to your body.

Have you checked around, like at GNC or a similar store, for sports supplements and energy drinks? We have an Academy sports store where we can get energy gels and such for a reasonable price. I get Powerade in powder form, making it a lot more cost efficient than pre-mixed bottled (we train on Powerade because it's provided at our local events). I also get AminoVital in powder form. Accelerade is another drink I like to train with during the week and I dilute it 50/50 with H2O (easier on my stomach).

Personally, I like Clif Shot Blocks, chocolate and mocha flavored Gu (there's also a coffee flavor), and Sports Jelly Bellies, and I always carry hydration with me. The gels/Gu have to be taken with water.

Experiment during your training to find what works best for you. :)


Alysia :)

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10/8/07 11:14 P

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Hi! I am just starting to train for the LA Marathon and I'm wondering what other people like as far as drinks, gels, jelly beans, etc. for the days that you put in a long run.

The guy at the running store said I should be taking a drink beforehand, but at about $3 a serving, I feel like there is a cheaper option. I've been eating a banana before short runs (less than 6 miles).

Feedback? At what mileage do these supplements really become necessary?

Thank you!

*Diane*

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