Naperville Runner wrote:
Yes, it is worth it to fuel or at least to have several gels on you. The human body can carry about 2 hours of glycogen running flat out and after that you are out of gas and in trouble. Too bad you haven't practiced fueling in your training. Even though I think they are horribly overpriced I recommend Maurten's caffeinated gel to minimize the possibility of stomach problems
Race shoes - heck yeah. Your race entry fee was $205 or more if you are doing this as a charity run. If you are traveling hotels, airfare, and food are going to cost another $500 for the weekend minimum. If you are spending $705 just to show up at the starting line than why not spend another $200 to $250 to have shoes that help you clip 3 or 4 minutes off your time. An alternative would be to buy lighter tempo shoes and race in them and run faster workouts in them. What the last few years have shown is that super shoes minimize the damage to your legs during the race
Good advice. I use regular Gu but may try Maurten's (AFTER this training cycle). I take 3--one at 7, 14, and 21. I may do 4 this time and take them at 6, 11, 16, and 21 so I have enough to get me through the last 5.2 miles.