Half Marathon Trainers


eating on the run (Read 225 times)

    Hello fellow HMers Do any of you eat or use gels on your weekly long run - especially for those of us where our HM times may be 2 hours +. I usually just run with watered down Gatorade, but once I went to 10 miles I had a bit of a date/ fruit bar around the one hour mark. PS I'm using the MAF method so I'm training really slowly. How might this work on race day, when one is (hopefully) running a bit faster? Any opinions? Thanks A



    IMKY13 finish!!

      When I run a half marathon, I usually take two Accel gels (chocolate w/ caffeine is my favorite). I’ll take the first at approx 4.5 miles, and then another at approx 9 miles. When training (on runs over 8-10 miles), I’ll take one every 4.5 to 5 miles. So if my training run is 10 miles, I'll take my gel at around 5 miles. BTW...what is the MAF method?

      Fitness/weight goals for 2014


      1) STAY INJURY FREE!!!

      2) Get to 189 lbs by the end of July 2014...and stay there (as of 4-25-14 was at 203 lbs)

      3) Complete Ironman Chattanooga in under 14 hours

      4) Break 4 hours in a stand alone marathon (Goal race=Rocket City 12/13/14)

      5) 4,500 total overall miles for the year:

               Swim: 100 miles

               Bike: 3,000 miles

               Run: 1,400 miles

        I think people's needs (or wants) may be different, I just drink water and sports drink myself. Probably best to experiment,in training runs, to find something which is palatable and does not cause stomach distress. On longer training runs (over 2:30) I have tried dried fruit, Clif blocks, V8 juice (for the sodium) and a power bar. I cannot say for sure if any of these helped my running or reduced fatigue. Simon.

        PBs since age 60:  5k- 24:36, 10k - 47:17. Half Marathon- 1:42:41.

                                            10 miles (unofficial) 1:16:44.


        Prince of Fatness

          For training long runs, which are typically around 2 hours, I usually have some coffee and water then head out. I don't eat anything beforehand. I don't eat or drink during a run. For the half marathon I'll eat breakfast a couple of hours before the race (nothing heavy). I also have coffee and hydrate more than normal beforehand. I don't eat or drink during the race.


            Thanks guys... I'm going to experiment with eating around the one hour mark. Now that its getting warmer - my tummy is getting more sensitive so we'll see... "MAF method" is a form of training based around the book Training for Endurance by Philip Maffetone. Much more discussion in the "Low HR Training " user group. Basically I' try to keep my heart rate very low (143 based on my age 37) while base training. There are some other stipulations like no eating 2-3 hours before running and not during the first 30-40 minutes to train the body to use fat reserves for energy. Right now I'm doing one day of speed work to prep for a 5K in mid July - 12 weeks before my HM I'll do one day of tempo work per week, but otherwise slow it goes. A