Lindsay S. asked some great questions, questions that I also have, so I am excited to hear your input. I also have a few questions myself. I am also training for my first marathon, the St. George, and I need advice from you who have or will be running the St. George. I need any advice about lodging- what are the best motels? Is it good to try and get as close to the bus pick-up location? We were hoping to be staying at a relatives home near-by but we just got word that it won't be available so I at looking at my options. I know most hotels are already booked but I am hoping a few people will be canceling their reservations....(??) We have thought about taking an RV but with gas prices it will probably cost just as much to get an overpriced hotel room. Any input? I doubt I will be sleeping much the night before anyway so really I should just camp out at the park. :)
Are Ipods really banned from the race? It says that, but I see so many people using them at races.
Also, what kind of food do you take with you on the marathon? Any gel recommendations? I have been trying a few but some of them are nasty.
How often do you hydrate during the marathons? I think I over do it sometimes. Do you stop at every water stop and take a few sips? Or just hit a few water stops?
Has the no carb a week before (then carb loading the day or two before) the race thing helped anyone?
Thanks so much for any of your comments. It is great getting advice from the experienced!