Marathon Nutrition/Hydration

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Marathon Nutrition/Hydration

Postby Dan Black » Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:58 pm

Am a 56 year old 7 time Boston Marathoner with one Iron distance completion.

Marathons: Always carry Heed in a single 24 oz. bottle belt, H2O at aid stations as needed, refill Heed from a baggie around mile 16; Hammer Gels and Supplements in belt pockets. Iron Experience: 4 bottle belt with Heed, Perp, and a fifth smaller gel bottle.

Have seen testimonies in Endurance News about using Perpetuem during marathons only. Perp is my staple during daily efforts and any long ride. Though I have a 4 bottle belt, I don't relish the idea of carrying 1 more pound than usual if I'm trying to be quick (for an old man with three surgeries behind and Heaven only knows what's ahead).

Am considering using a cocktail of Perp and Heed, refilling that when necessary. Weight and logistics would be the same as I'm used to. Wouldn't need to obsess any more than usual about extra weight and balance.

Yes, I know I need to practice. As hinted, my knees are not necessarily up to a lot of long efforts devoted to just experimentation.

Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.


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Re: Marathon Nutrition/Hydration

Postby Keith » Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:18 pm

While I am certainly not an expert, I am trying to dial in my marathon fuel
as well. I use a 4 bottle fuel belt (with 10oz bottles) and a 20oz throw-away
bottle (I use this one first). I use Sustained Energy (versus Perpetuem) in a
75/25 mix with Heed. I mix the bottles the night before with 7-8ozs of
Sustained Energy and 2-3ozs of Heed. I then freeze 2 of the bottles
(I use these bottles last). Again, I'm not an expert but the 75/25 Heed mix
seems to work well for me.

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