Posts Tagged ‘ gels ’

Why Nutrition Is Important in the Marathon

April 21, 2010
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By Alix Shutello Oh boy, another exciting day at Boston on Monday this week….but no American woman finished in the top ten. Perhaps that is too much to ask. American Pam Higgins  came in 10 minutes slower than the women’s winner, Teyba Erkesso, of Ethiopia. Higgins dropped out of the LA Marathon last month because of nutrition issues but was able to finish Boston. While she hoped to finish in the top ten and run a sub 2:30, she ran a 2:36 and finished 13th in her field. A sub 2:30 would have earned her a top 5 finish and a personal best. So what went wrong last month? In an article posted on NBC’s Web site, Higgins went too long without nutrition on the day of the LA Marathon. For some reason, the start of the race was pushed back and that half hour delay had a disastrous effect on the full-time working marathoner…

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Running Foods: Eating that First Gu

March 6, 2010
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Running Foods: Eating that First Gu

Running Foods: Eating That First GuHow you eat it can set the tone for how you train with it.By Alix Shutello  The instructions to my student were very simple. When she gets to mile 4 of her 7-mile run she is to literally stop and take out the little packet she’s been carrying in her pocket.  “Open it slowly and take a little of it.  Then, drink some water so you don’t gag.”  In order to eat a gu, gel, or any running food for the first time there are many considerations. Do you want to try a few brands when you are not running to see which one you like? Do you want to trust you’ll just like the chocolate one and squeeze the whole thing in your mouth so see if you can actually swallow all of it at the same time? (Note: I do not recommend this). Should…

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