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8/28/13 9:44 P

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PASTAFARIAN - Thank you! I did not know that. I actually carry a small amount of Gatorade, about 8oz and dilute it with 4oz water. I get water at various spots along my run and use the Gatorade mainly when water is not available for a about 4 miles. I only use one packet of the chews and split that up into 2 or 3 spots around 45 and 90 minutes into the run.
I have run a 12 miler like this and I did not have any issues. I have one more 12 mile run on Friday and I will follow what worked previously. I don't really think that I am using too much and at risk for upset.


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8/28/13 12:57 P

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Very sensible to carry your own hydration in this situation. (I always wonder about races like these - what if everyone showed up with their own and no one took anything from the aid stations. Would the race directors get a clue?)

You mention carrying gatorade and chews. Have you practiced 13M this way? Everything I've read is that you can do one or the other but not both - the gut simply won't absorb all the carbs you would consume from both gatorade and chews and you risk stomach upset. In other words, the chews are meant to be consumed with water, not gatorade. Or are you carrying water, too?

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8/27/13 9:06 P

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I think that I am going to carry Gatorade and chews with me. I don't like the 4 miles of "no aid" either and I have become accustom to having the fluids. I have to carry my inhaler and phone anyway and I am getting use to carrying the drink and chews so no biggie.
When I say first half and largest, I mean "largest race". All of the races that I have run have been under 200 runners.
I don't know what kind of fun the parking will be but thanks for the thought. I had better get my strategy figured out for that also.

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8/13/13 6:14 P

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I agree about the 4 miles between water breaks, take a bottle with you. As for the other perceived issues, they usually work out.

Harrisburg os pretty close to me too (about 90 minute) and I have considered it in the past.

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8/13/13 11:47 A

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I just took a look at their website and, while there is a lot to like, there are a few things that belie their assertion that this is a nice race for beginners. Most significantly, what's with the 4 mile gap in the middle of the race without a water stop?!

Not sure what you mean by "It will be my first half and also by the looks of it, the largest. (About 1,000 runners)" The web page says they had 1100 last year!

Speaking of size, I'm curious how they'll handle traffic to the island. (Parking is really the big issue - people just don't park that quickly.) There has to be some natural limit on how many cars can cross and park an hour before the race - which is the time that most people will normally arrive for a race. So everyone's going to be playing a guessing game - maybe we should arrive 2 hours earlier to avoid the crunch? Or just a half-hour before the race hoping the traffic has died down but taking a risk that it hasn't and they'll delay the race if necessary. And so on.

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8/12/13 7:35 A

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Soooo excited for you!!! You are gonna do AWESOME!!!!

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8/12/13 7:33 A

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Anyone else doing this? It will be my first half and also by the looks of it, the largest. (About 1,000 runners)

I believe that my training is going well although I had to use my rescue inhaler yesterday a couple of times on my LR of 11 miles. That is the first time that I had to use it since I started training. I do feel confident in my ability to cross that line now and I have accepted that I may have to walk some to keep my breathing under control.

The Harrisburg Half is about an hour away from me and it looks like a great race especially for a newbie.

I am excited! Who woulda thought?

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