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1/17/14 8:40 P

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The thing that I found helpful was to get this hammered out on my long runs and carry my fuel with me during the race. Using the aid stations basically for water only. Again, as others said nothing new on race day!
During my long runs I actually planned my fueling ahead of time and carried a slip of paper in my pouch with times and fuel written down so I knew exactly when to use it. I timed it out and whether it was needed or not, it was sometimes just the distraction that I needed to get me through to the next mile. I used water, diluted Gatorade and gummies, alternately.
I really enjoyed the training and I am ready to try another.

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1/17/14 4:34 P

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I've tried the "alternate gel with sports drink" technique and found that it's no better/worse than just sports drink. Also, it's takes extra effort to remember which one to do next :-P

Most importantly, there's nothing more frustrating then getting to an aid station only to find out they don't have what you might have been counting on. So either you bring it all with you (ugh) or you just accept whatever they have.

If you can't find out in advance what will be served at each aid station (and some races are remarkably unhelpful in this regard), experiment with different foods on each long run. You'll learn a lot by doing this. And it can be fun experimenting - friends I run with frequently bring extra and offer to share what we've brought with each other.

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1/13/14 10:56 P

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Common belief is: Always take energy gels with water, never alone and never with a sports drink. Without water, energy gels will take longer to digest and enter the blood stream. If you take an energy gel with a sports drink, you run the risk of ingesting too much simple sugar at once. Taken together, a gel and sports drink could be delivering close to 60 grams of pure sugar.

Now, there are many runners who alternate the two during a race, but unless you have tried it during a long run, they advise not trying it in a race.

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1/13/14 7:12 A

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Thanks for the advice MB. One question that may seem dumb--why not use the 'fuel' on top of the sports drink. I think it would be too sugary/sweet, but is there another reason?

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1/12/14 10:41 P

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I have tried various real food, and it just does not give me the energy needed to sustain a long run. The closest to real food that I will bring is a cliff bar, and only half since it is calorie dense.

For races, I will down 1/2 of a G2 with breakfast. I do this because I sweat heavily and loose salt, so this keeps my electrolytes in balance. My first choice is to use the sport beans by jelly belly for fuel, but have used GU and chews too. I need to take more water with the latter to prevent stomach upset. I refuel every three miles during a race.

You do need to experiment to see what works best for you. It is not advisable to use a sport drink on top of these options, so check your race to see what liquid they will be offering, if not water.









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1/4/14 6:50 P

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Thanks a bunch! Think I will try some of the gels or liquids--the thought of 'real' food on a long run like that does not sound too good, lol. Will definitely try them in training, too. Thanks again, appreciate all the replies back!

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1/4/14 10:30 A

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I've read in numerous places you should try on long runs to aim for 60 grams of carbs per hour of run time. I very seldom actually consume this much. I don't think many other people do either. What I usually take along is Gatorade, a clif bar, Gu, Crunchues(dried fruit) and even Oreos as a treat sometimes.
I carry all of my stuff in a FuelBelt that holds six 8 oz. bottles and it has 3 pockets.

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1/4/14 9:24 A

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having tried most products, my preference is gel. and i found that i liked the cliff brand because they were not as sugary sweet and they were easy on my tummy emoticon

since its early days for you, try a few of the different products to see how you respond. good to do this now because on race day, you don't want to try something new / untested that may have awful effects

good luck with the training and keep us posted
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1/4/14 9:11 A

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Best wishes to you!! My preference is Accel gel packets as they have some protein (along with the carbs). For a half, I would take 5 packets (but may not use them all) - my shorts have a pocket in the upper back to hold them - or I use a safety pin and pin them on the outside of my waist. Hope this helps!!

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1/4/14 8:54 A

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Hi all: I'm training to finish a half-marathon in April. While my miles are still pretty low, I'm beginning to wonder about fuel during the race. I know it's an individual thing, but does anyone have any preferences for stuff? I mean, do you go for liquid fuel or candy or gels or something else? And how do you carry it, if you use it?


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