not good advice wrote:
Taking in some carbs at 45 min to 1 h of a 1:15 to 1:30 half can be good advice. I do it.
You realize that the glycogen from those carbs isn't even available to your body until after you cross the finish line, right? And that diverting energy to your digestive system during a race is not the best use of resources?
Swigging some sport drink can have a psychological effect by making your brain think that carbs are on the way and you won't run out any time soon, but that's about all you need in a 1:30 HM, at most. Trying to maintain carb levels during a race that short is counterproductive.
So if you were to take a gel pack, when does that actually take effect? I heard 5 to 10 minutes after taking it.