How many gels on a long run?

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Apr 2012
1:20pm, 12 Apr 2012
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JohnnyO
One every five miles. Caffeine ones only at the end. Or before the start when your colon needs a little 'stimulation'
Apr 2012
1:22pm, 12 Apr 2012
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HuwH
Every six miles for me (lucozade sport) but will vary thid usually to tie in with water stations. Don't use gels unless doing more than 16m. Always carry one more as gel belts seem to drop them! A runner at my club said that by the time you need one its too late so I do one every six regardless. Did experiment with more/less on training runs and six is best for me. I bought a bulk box from lucozade direct to experiment on long runs. You don't want to be guessing on the day.
Apr 2012
1:23pm, 12 Apr 2012
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Maclennane
Had one in 2006. Might have another next year.
Apr 2012
1:41pm, 12 Apr 2012
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Battlecat
I don't think I've ever used them in training, I only have sports drinks.

In races I take a couple with me and take them if I think I'm starting to flag.
Apr 2012
1:42pm, 12 Apr 2012
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trendy runner
Every seven miles for me on a marathon - 7,14,21 practiced in training as too many can make you feel queezy. I dont usually bother on long runs up to 15 miles but would probably drink lucozade on route.
Apr 2012
1:50pm, 12 Apr 2012
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sprouty76
Been taking 1 every 10km or so in marathon training.
Apr 2012
1:58pm, 12 Apr 2012
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Gobi
I took 17 in a 100km race :¬)

Marathons about 1 every 30 minutes

Training - I might carry one or two on a 20 miler but usually they make it home again.
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Apr 2012
12:02am, 13 Apr 2012
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p^2
Gobi said: "Marathons about 1 every 30 minutes"

For 20 miles plus, I find I'm happiest with Shot Bloks, one every 2km or so, which works out at about the same average rate of feeding, but without the peaks and troughs.

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