Thanks so much everybody! The 13.1 doesn't intimidate me as much as the fact that it is a trail... I am used to road running and treadmill. But I am going out on Saturday to give it a shot (3 weeks before my race). I e-mailed the race coordinator and got a wonderfully, thorough, kind response back. Now I can plan the breaks and the refueling--- they will have 3 aid stations set up with plenty of stuff to refuel with. I am going to avoid the gels and beans. I was looking at the ingredients and I don't think they would do well with my sensitive tummy.
HI. For HMs I do a run walk. Now if you are refueling because you feel you need to, then that is what you should do. I just suggest that you don't do things just because it sounds like you should. I have never taken anything to eat during a HM. My stomach would not do well. As for hydration. I drink a lot of water up to about 2 hours before the race and then I stop. During the race I drink at about 2 or 3 of the water stations as needed and then drink about a full litre after the race. I am not saying that this is what you should do I am just saying that everyone is different and you need to try to figure out what works for you in the next couple of weeks. I think you should be fine doing the run walk method if it were straight running I would be really concerned about injury. Besides if you get to a point where your body is starting to have issues then you can always finish with just walking. I would suggest you really listen to your body during the race and if something starts to hurt don't ignore it. Since you have never done this distance it could be the start of something that could end up really hurting you. I think most of us have pushed ourselves and regretted it well maybe just older runners like me. Go to your half and most importantly enjoy it. It will be a wonderful feeling when you are exhausted and cross that finish line. Gotta warn you that smile might last for a week.
Check with the race web site - most of them have water stations every 1 to 2 miles, so if you don't want to carry water and you can go that long without drinking, then you may not need to bring water with you. I use a four bottole fuel belt, and it's getting old and stretched out, and honestly, the bouncing water bottles are causing some back pain issues for me. However, I don't have any other way to hydrate and carry the stuff I like to carry on my training runs (MP3 player, cell phone, kleenex, fuel).
As far as what to eat, you need to try different things on your runs between now and the race. Timing in your fueling is important. You can follow the rule to fuel every 45 minutes, which would mean fueling 3-4 times in a half marathon. Most people I know fuel once around the 6 mile mark and that is enough to carry them through to the end. Again, you need to experiment with what works for you.
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I'm not much of a rule follower, actually when I started running I didn't know there were any. I went from my longest of 9 miles to my 1st 1/2 in a week. I don't even think I ate before hand b/c I was so excited. I tried a gel @ mile 11 during my last 1/2 and wished I didn't. I also rely on the hydration stations @ all the races. It works for me. Good luck!
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Thank you so much for the info! Yeah, I know I am cutting it close for the HM. I signed up for it with the intention of just walking most of it, but I have been reading Jeff Galloway's HM training and I went out this past Sat and did 6 miles run/walk/ run (3 min run: 1 min walk) and felt like I easily could have gone another 6. I was amazed as to how energized I felt. This weekend I am going to do 2:1 intervals and push for 10. And we will see how my HM goes! If I have to walk the last few miles, I am good with it. My goal is to just finish with a smile on my face wanting to do another one.
I have both the belt water bottles and the hand held one. Both have pros and cons. As for the hand held...when you start out it is full and heavy so keep that in mind...you are going to be exerting more energy while carrying a hand held bottle. But, you will be expending more calories too!
first, everyone says if you can run 5-6 miles you can run a half. That said, you are only supposed to increace by 10% each week to avoid injury. Im no wiz at math you are def. cutting it kind of close for a HM w/only 3.5 wks left. Everyone has different tummy issues. You can only find what will work for you thru trial and error as far as refueling goes. I know some of the gels were ok for me and some were not. Others like the jelly beans. I like the fuel belt w/ the 2 water bottles for my long runs. But, since I need to drink a lot, I also stored water along my running route at friends' houses(usually in a mailbox) or in a cooler under bushes. You have to do the trial and error for the fuel though.
Hi Helen. I wouldn't try to push for 10 if the longest you have gone is 6. You should aim to add 10% to your distance each time you increase it, to avoid injury.
As for fuel, gels or beans work the same; it's just a matter of preference. Cut up pieces of PB&J or granola/energy bars, or raisins also work. Now is the time to experiment because you don't want to try anything new on the day of the race.
As for hydration, they sell bottles that have a hand held carrier if you don't like the belts. I could never use a belt - it would drive me crazy!
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I am brand new to long distance running (actually, running in general) and I have my first half marathon in 3 and a half weeks. The longest run I have done is 6 miles. I am going out this weeekend to try and push for 10 using the run/walk/run method.
I KNOW I need to refuel, but I am overwhelmed with everything I have been reading. What is the best way to reload? I went to the GNC and was way confused on what to buy--- gels? beans? I am concerned about something wreaking havoc on my sensitive GI system.
I have also been looking into hydration packs, but I can't imagine myself running with water bottles flopping up and down on my waist. It looks really awkward to wear... Any recommendations on a good hydration belt?
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