Darryl Griffiths founder of KODA Nutrition sat down with Olympic Runner and KODA Nutrition Ambassador Milly Clark to discuss the importance of nutrition in the lead up to the Launceston Running Festival.
“During a marathon I usually consume 3 x KODA Energy Gels, which are spaced out around every 50 minutes. Depending on the course, sometimes I might take 4 x KODA Energy Gels. I make sure to save my caffeinated energy gel for the last 10km”.
“In a half marathon, especially when I am in preparation for a marathon, I consume 2 x KODA Energy Gels normally around 8km and 16km mark. Not only do I feel that I can finish off the back end of the run stronger, but I always feel much better the day after. My experience is that I always recover better having used the KODA Energy Gels during my longer runs. It simply comes down to the fact that I have not depleted my internal fuel stores to the extent that I would have without the gels”.
“There are a number of reasons that I use KODA Energy Gels. They are not sickly sweet and the consistency makes them easy to consume. They are very gentle on my stomach and don’t contain fructose, which I have realised has been the reason for stomach problems when using other brands in the past. KODA have non-caffeinated and caffeinated gels so it’s easy to plan my intake during the run. I don’t want to take caffeine too early in the run, I want to save it for when the mental fatigue hits and I need to silence my negative thoughts”.
“This is what I have found works best for me. It’s taken me a little while to get it right but it definitely makes a difference when you do”.
If this is your first half marathon or you’re a seasoned runner, here are some tips that might help in the lead up to the Launceston Running Festival Half Marathon to get you across the finish line: