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4/4/14 11:55 P

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Grahange, thank you for such a positive, supportive, informative reply!

I've tried a couple of things since I last posted. I did try Gu Gel (Blackberry Jet) and really didn't like it. I could take it if I had to, but I'd rather not. The overwhelming sweetness and texture both got to me, and I also felt all sticky afterwards. The good news, though, is that my digestive system didn't have any problems with it.

My next attempt was Honey Stingers Organic Energy Chews (Orange Blossom). They were softer than the beans but a little bigger. I think that they are my favorite so far. The citrus seemed to help cut the sweet. I still didn't like chewing too much, so I might want to cut them smaller.

I have figured out the chewing problem, too. My nose gets completely stuffed up when I run (maybe only in the cold...we'll see if it improves as the weather gets warmer). That turns me into a mouth breather while I'm running. It's difficult to chew and breathe through my mouth at the same time.

Also, I bought a small water bottle with a hand grip on it. I haven't tried it yet. I want to be out of gloves first. I figure then I could have a small supply of water in case I really need something between stops.

Thanks again to everyone who has posted information! It all helps!

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4/4/14 9:26 A

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Congratulations on signing up for your first half! That's a great distance and a huge accomplishment!
My personal feeling is that nutrition needs for runs is unique for each person. I would never be able to push myself to run for 13 miles without eating and drinking during my run. I've been training for about a year (and had trained for and completed my first half a few years ago), and I find my needs change for nutrition. I do best when I eat a bagel about 3 hours before running. Lately, I have gu every 40-45 minutes and drink 4-6 oz of water each time I eat the gu and I drink water every 20 minutes in between gu's (I take a 1-3 minute walking break when I eat or drink). This is for any mileage over 10 or 11. Anything less than that I don't bring anything, but when it gets hot again, I'll bring water on my medium runs over an hour. I've tried anything from pretzel rods, to sports beans, to chews, to candy (I've liked each of these except the candy, but I switch it up a lot because I get sick of one thing).
During races, I don't bring water or gatorade because I know the races I've chosen will have those on the course. During training runs, I use a Nathan hydration belt. I think the most important thing is that if you get used to something on your training runs, you'll want it for your race.
Enjoy your training and your race!

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3/27/14 8:31 A

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Oranges sound good. I'm not so sure about the chewing with the pretzels, but I may give them a try, too. Thanks for the suggestions!

I tried jellybeans this past Monday on the suggestion of several people that I know and that are virtual. They involved too much chewing for me. Also, Monday was cold, so I was wearing two pairs of glove and working the Ziploc bag was too difficult. I shouldn't have to worry about that in May, though.

I looked at hydration belts, but I don't think I want to wear one, and I don't think I want to spend that much right now. I did spend more than I probably should have for a small handheld water bottle, though. That way I'll have at least a little water with me in case I need it between water stops.

I also bought a GU gel to try out next Monday.

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3/27/14 8:27 A

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Corrina, watch out once you do that first 5K. That's how it all starts. :-) I ran/walked my first 5K last September, and now I'm hooked. I'm still slow, but I'm moving up in distance.

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3/25/14 11:20 A

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I wear a running skirt with large pockets and have found for me that I work best with a few peeled halo type oranges in a zip lock bag in one pocket and a few pretzels in another zip lock bag in another pocket. I have used gels and stingers etc before but found my best is with the oranges and pretzels.

"When I first started running, I was so embarrassed, I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers."
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3/19/14 4:38 P

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Hi! I will also be doing a half marathon soon (March 30th), and I carry a Nathan belt with two 8 ounce bottles-one with water and one Gatorade-even though I utilize the water stops. For some reason my mind thinks I'm going on a solo trek through the desert and there won't be any water :-) I rarely use them. For fuel, what works for me is a PowerBar a few minutes before the race, then a powerGel maybe every 4 miles (orange cream yummm). I know it seems excessive, but I seem to burn out quickly. I suffered through too many races and training runs where I was dying by mile 9. Hope this helps!

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3/19/14 1:49 P

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5K is how this whole crazy thing got started! If you would have told me last year at this time I would be training for a half marathon, I would have told you that you were insane. In fact, I thought it was crazy to do 10K last fall, when one of my friends suggested trying it. Just keep trying and don't give up! Find some crazy friends who will challenge you go keep going outside of your comfort zone!

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3/19/14 10:09 A

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I'm so proud of you guys! I'm still working on a 5K

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Thanks for your suggestions. I'm looking to try a few things to find out what works for me, so I'll look for those energy chews and also at the belt. Good luck with your half! Mine is also on May 4th, and I'm hoping that the weather is finally better by then.

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3/18/14 10:36 P

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I'm also doing my first half on May 4. I started seeing a nutrition consultant last month and she's doing the same race. She strongly recommends race nutrition for a half marathon. I have had luck with honey stinger energy chews, but I think you really need to find what works for you. I have a Nathan belt with two 8 oz water bottles that I run with. It didn't take me long to get used to it. It's very light and comfortable. It also has a pocket for my chews and another for my keys.

Good luck!!!!!

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I have signed up for my first half marathon in May, and I need to start experimenting with fuel on my longer runs. I have run just over 13 miles a few times this winter. I haven't wanted to carry anything with me (other than my phone and keys), so I haven't taken water or any kind of food with me. I usually eat a regular breakfast about 7:45 am and then an apple about 15 minutes before I run between noon and 1:00 pm. So far, I've managed fine. I do notice a drop-off in energy around the 10-12 mile marks, but that could just be the distance. I haven't been running all that long.

Is it ok not to use any kind of fuel during a half marathon? Or do you have any recommendations of things for me to test out? Gatorade makes me queasy during the best of times, so I know that I'll want to avoid that. Also, I'll probably need to add water as it gets warmer outside. Do you have any way that you like to carry water? How about during the race itself? Do you carry water or are the water stops good enough?

Thanks for any information that you want to share! I am excited and nervous, and I know that May will be here before I know it.

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