2011 Redding (CA)
2011 Redding Marathon (CA), 2011 Yakima Marathon (WA), 2011 Eugene Marathon (OR), 2011 Newport Marathon (OR)
2011 Pacific Crest Marathon (OR), 2011 Smith Rock Summer Classic Half (OR), 2011 Haulin' Aspen Trail Half (OR)
2011 Running is for the Birds 10Km (OR), 2011 Sunriver Marathon (OR)
No gels in a marathon, you said. Do you drink gatorade or take in any kinds of liquid nutrition when running a marathon? Or just water?
I would like to train myself so I can run an entire marathon w/o needing anything but water - I have a bunch of food intolerances that I deal with and it would be so much easier if I didn't have to incorporate nutrition. I assume from what I have read this far that it all depends on how efficient I become as a fat-burner, right?
Just adding in some personal experience here:
I trained as a kid at ballet for years (before running) and there was a no food/no water rule (even before going in to a 90 minute class). When I started running at a country high school, there were no special diets for any of the distance runs (anything that went outside school grounds, so usually minimum 3km) - and no water stops on the way.
I never had a liking for eating before running in the morning (or before cycling) as I would usually feel as though I would throw up or end up with a stitch. The only sport that I could manage to eat beforehand without feeling nauseous was swimming which I didn't start until in my 20s.
I had a crap diet because of ballet (eat to be as thin as possible so no respect for nutrients whatsoever) and was on and off vegetarian from about 15 until 30, when I because fully veg and also began to pay attention to what I was eating (no carb restriction though).
Fastforward two decades and watching metabolic changes occur - and now the diet is "carb" free as possible (which is oxymoronic since all food except oil/butter contains carbohydrate) ie no starches, no processed carbs, and maybe once a month a low GI, complex grain carb. But legumes (pulses) play a big role (protein content), eggs (2 every day), nuts and seeds and seaweed, veg and fruit (could never give up fruit!), yoghurt and cheese.
The current training distances merit no food beforehand so I walk the dog and run fasted. The longest training session was three hours without water, so still a long way from marathon requirements, hopefully in six months that's a possibility (although I have no idea about electrolytes!).