Prince of Fatness
I've recently started my 1/2 training and have only gotten up to 7 miles. Someone mentioned to me that anytime I start running over an hour I should start taking gels, etc with me. Since I run so slow my 7 miles is over an hour and I have been just taking water with me. My long run scheduled for this week is 8 miles. I will probably not be over 1.5 hours.
What should I start taking? I've read all about the gels etc, I guess I just didn't think I was up to that intense of running yet to need that. Should I go ahead and purchase some gels and start trying them out? And on a run that's only going to 1.5 hours would one suffice? I've been told I should take something every 20 minutes and as someone who is running to try to lose 5 more lbs, I really don't want to be eating more calories than I truly need.
What do you guys do on a long run that really isn't that long yet?
I go out every weekend for 2+ hours on just a couple cups of coffee and a bottle of propel. I do make sure I have something to eat shortly after I am done running. I don't use them for a half marathon race either. Bottom line is that they are not necessary. If you do use them there is no need to go nuts, one would do I am sure. Or you could just eat something light that agrees with you about a half hour before you go out.
My 2 cents.
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