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ButterflyEffect  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Madison Marathon: my first full marathon

Clif makes a lot of good things. Clif Gel Blocks are not one of those things. Even for hiking they're atrocious, during a marathon sounds significantly worse.

Congratulations on the finish in a very respectable time! Let us know if in a close few Pubski's from now if you'll be running another one. What kind, if any, of other workouts were you doing beyond the long run? Tempo, intervals, etc?

WanderingEng  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was mostly satisfied with the blocks in training runs, but in the race environment they didn't work even if nutritionally they were a success. What foods do you use on long runs? Any suggestions for things beyond gels?

I did hill intervals once a week, and I've been doing them regularly for over a year. I warm up and then run up and walk down as many times as I can before either my form suffers or my run up is just a jog. Then I do a cool down jog. I love/hate them.

ButterflyEffect  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

I mostly use gels and protein bars, but one thing I've really enjoyed is honey roasted peanuts. Light weight, you get some salt, some sugar, and a lot of protein/fat to keep you going. Also toyed with the idea of packing some coconut shavings or flakes. I've done dried mangos before, those are really good too. I don't believe in loading your body with junk food and only gels during a long run, but also haven't ran long enough distances to know if it makes a difference or not.

Hill intervals!? Holy hell, man. I'll do hills, I'll do intervals, but never both at the same time. That's intense.

veen  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Over on this side of the Atlantic, there's this chain of to-go supermarkets with stores on every train station. Earlier this year I found out that these tiny stores sold Clif Bars at basically cost price. They're pretty great!

Sadly, a mere few weeks after I found out they stopped selling it. They now sell their own bars, which are much more generic. I have yet to find another place where you can buy them at all over here that doesn't mark it up into the stratosphere. :(

ButterflyEffect  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

Apparently you can buy a 192 pack of Clif Bars via their website. You'll probably get raked over the coals with shipping, though.

francopoli  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

I wish I could get a bulk order of Quest bars somewhere local. The sales tax is going to be an order of magnitude less than the shipping. And Amazon is more expensive than the gas stations here.