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WanderingEng  ·  1534 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Madison Marathon: my first full marathon

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  ·  1531 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I take everything back. Just ran a trail half and forced myself to try Clif Gel Blocks at an aid station, it somehow worked out well. Better than the one time I tried them on roads.

WanderingEng  ·  1531 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm fine with them as food, but the packaging kills me. Did you have any trouble getting them open? How was the run?

ButterflyEffect  ·  1531 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No problem getting them open, but a bit of a problem further opening the package to get to the bottom. Which, in retrospect, I could have just turned the thing upside down and torn from there...

Amazing, but I'm confused on the distance. GPS watch measured 13.9 mi, and I'm seeing others measured anywhere from 13.3 mi to 13.9 mi. The one thing that's consistent was the elevation gain, there was about 2,200 ft of elevation gain over the half marathon route. For a run in Washington, in November, it was a beautiful day. Definitely made the "B" goal, not sure about the "A" goal until official times are released.

WanderingEng  ·  1530 days ago  ·  link  ·  

2200 feet! My marathon was 650', and it's considered a hillier course, at least for the area. Congratulations on a great run.

13.9 is definitely longer than I'd expect a watch to measure. I measured 26.41 for the marathon. I have seen my watch track jump around a bit if I'm between tall buildings, and maybe yours could do the same if you were in a gorge or heavily treed area that blocks the satellite signal?

ButterflyEffect  ·  1533 days 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.