Experimenting With Gels and Ratios

With all that data stuff yesterday, I nearly forgot to post about yesterday evening’s run.

I considered having a little practice run for Saturday’s 10K. The plan was to run about a 6:10 pace for 0.9 each kilometre and walk for the remaining 0.1. With a walking pace of around 9:30 minutes per kilometre, that would give me an average pace of 6:30, and a PB of 1:05:00 for the 10K. Predictably, however, it didn’t quite work out like that.

Before heading out, I decided to experiment by having an energy gel. I had one in the cupboard that I got for free at the L2B Challenge, but didn’t want to take it at the time as I’ve never tried energy gels before. So, since I was in the mood for experimenting and trying new things generally, I took the gel.

It wasn’t as unpleasant as I’d thought it would be; in fact, it actually tasted quite nice – almost like the citrus flavour promised by the packaging. I was kind of expecting it to have a horrible after taste like some of the energy bars that I’ve tried before, but it didn’t, so that was a good sign.

The temperature was about 20C when I headed out and the breeze on the seafront was a bit warmer than I like would have liked. This, coupled with the smell of barbecues and people smoking spliffs on the lawns (don’t they know it’s illegal to barbecue on Hove Lawns?), made things a little bit uncomfortable, but I was still determined to try out my walk run ratio.

While I did manage to keep a fairly decent pace, I soon realised that there was no way I could keep it going for 10K. So, rather than run the risk of overdoing things before race day, I decided to call it a day at 3 kilometres.

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I’m not sure what went wrong really. Perhaps it was the heat, or the energy gel, or maybe the pace I’d set for the ratios was just too much, but I know I won’t be doing that on Saturday. Instead, I’m going to just run it as best I can and take walk breaks if needed. However, I do still have a race plan which, even with walk breaks might just work.

The plan is to run kilometres 1-3 at 6:45, which I know I can do; then, I’ll try to pick things up to about 6:30 for kilometres 4-6, which is also achievable. The challenge will be to get to 6:15 for kilometres 7-9 and then try to push as hard as I can for the finish, depending on how much energy I have left in me.

Of course, if it doesn’t work out like that, I won’t really mind. My main objective at the moment is to get my running fitness back, so as long as I get the run in, then it’s all good.

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4 responses to “Experimenting With Gels and Ratios”

  1. LeAnn Cady says :

    Way to get out there, Blog Runner! I avoid taking energy gels for shorter distances, yet on runs over 1-1.5 hours — there a must! Glad to learn you didn’t mind them so much. Salted Caramel Gu is my favorite! It’s like dessert! 🙂

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